UCCI Pandemix (in collaboration with Afropan) competed in the “Pan Alive” competition on August 2nd in Toronto under the distinguished leadership of Earl La Pierre. For the competition, a total of 16 UCCI students travelled to Toronto between July 25th and August 8th. This trip celebrates the tenth consecutive year that students have been given the opportunity to compete at an international competition.
During the main competitions, there were nine bands in both categories. UCCI Pandemix placed first in the Non-Calypso (Bomb competition) category with their performance of “Phantom of the Opera” arranged by Earl La Pierre. They continued on to place second in the Calypso category (Panorama competition) with their performance of “Savannah Grass”.
UCCI’s performances and participation in these competitions continues to show the growth and dedication of the band. As the standards of steel pan playing has risen over the years thanks to UCCI’s Pandemix and Mr. La Pierre. Through their hard work the band has established an open invitation to compete in Ontario annually. Outside of the competition, UCCI Pandemix were also able to perform as a standalone band at a benefit concert for the Toronto Police Services Board and the Toronto Police Service. This is the first time UCCI Pandemix has performed on an international stage.
Fundraising for this trip was done by students who worked by busking at the various supermarkets and dedicating all performance fees earned over the academic year towards this trip. UCCI was proud to be able to financially assist the UCCI Pandemix band in their efforts and look forward to providing continued support for all of our artistic ambassadors.
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