Steel pan school could be ready by end of next yearPOSTED: 07/10/15 7:42 PM
St. Maarten – Construction work is still pending for the soon to be build steel pan school says Isidore York also known as Mighty Dow. The first phase of the project is expected to start in December for completion by the end of 2016.
Member of Parliament Maurice Lake, who was minister of Vromi at the time, granted York government land in Sucker Garden for the project in June of last year.
York says the design plans for the school is being worked on but that funding plays a major role. “Having the property is one thing, but having a construction company start the work is another. We need money for that. We are appealing to the community to assist our organization with the realization of the project.” The goal is to have a full-fledged music school that focuses on pan but will offer classes for other instruments also.
“Students can major in bass playing but must learn the steel pan as part of their curriculum,” the musician says. The Dow Musical Foundation trained close to
800 students this year and expects this to double for the upcoming school year.
The foundation is hoping to start construction this year. Ebony Steel Orchestra under the leadership of York was established in 1991. This foundation helps foster, educate and promote the love of steel pan music on the island. In 2005 Dow’s Musical Foundation was established for the production and hosting of shows artists bands and the encouraging of a broader level of musical entertainment.
The domain land is 1450 square meters and is near the Lion’s Club Community Center in Sucker garden. “It was a great honor for me to be able to once again help a local dedicated person such as Isidore York to make his dream, and the dreams of the country’s youth come true,” MP Lake said when he granted the land for the steel pan school.
The Mighty Dow has dedicated his life to educating the younger generation about the steel pan which is part of our heritage and culture. York says he is grateful to the government for assisting the foundation with the land.