Pan in Finland
Some years ago, the pan did also reach in Finland, the northern part of
Ari Viitanen, a music teacher in a high school, visited Trinidad, together
with Tommy, a tenor player in his band. They stayed for two weeks in October
'93 and - as Ari told me - they enjoyed Trinidad & Tobago very much. There
are two steelbands in Finland. One is mixing pan with other instruments (like
Andy Narell does), and the other one is Ari's school band. Ari also tries to
make pans. He visited Rudy 'Two Left' Smith in 1992, and he's learned a lot.
But because he has not enough time and not enough practice, he is not (yet)
able to make pans for schools.
As they told me, the Finnish schools are very interested to introduce pan to
their music lessons, but there are no instruments for good prices around.
Now, that the pan reach the northern region of Europe, we are pretty sure to
hear more from them in the near future.
Ari says:Panyardin työloverit
toirovat kaikille suomalaisille Pansoittajaille
Hyvää Uuotta Vuotta. "Eläköön Pan!"