“I amc All Stars, and All Stars is me,” well-known Massy Trinidad All stars player Dane Gulston is often heard saying. This year’s Panorama champions will display its repertoire at its annual pan concert, Classical Jewels XI. Along with Gulston, a cast of musicians and pannists will take patrons on a musical outing.
The concert pays tribute to the band’s former musical director, Jerry Jemmott and its former captain Neville Jules. Pieces arranged by Jemmott will be done in tribute to him.
A release from the band said, “The All Stars in the spotlight will be special guest acts such as Dane Gulston, Daniel Gulston, Sheldon Reid, Eleanor Ryan, Raymond Edwards, Kobie Alleyne, Rahel Moore and Akiel George.”
Classical Jewels XI originally began in 1974 and was then held every other year. The concert was not held for a long time and then made a return in 2010 with Classical Jewels IX for the band’s then 75th anniversary.
Titled From Jules to Jemmott, the concert takes place tomorrow and Sunday at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA). Guest conductors June Nathaniel, Jessel Murray, Mia Gormandy, Sule Sampson and junior orchestra music director Kygel Benjamin will work alongside All Star’s musical director Deryck Nurse.
Some of this year’s guests like Alleyne and Kobe began their formative musical years with the band. Coming in from Miami for this special event, Alleyne, 17, is the son of former stage-side members of Massy All Stars, Fitzroy Alleyne and Gail Clarke-Alleyne. He attends Nova High School in Davie, Florida. He plays many genres of music but is an avid fan of jazz, the release said. “He is often featured with his school’s jazz ensemble and performs with Steel Away – a band started by his parents in 1993.”
Alleyne performed with Trinidad All Stars when he was just ten and as a soloist he captured first place in various competitions on four occasions. In 2014, he made his debut as an arrange at the South Florida Panorama competition and this year, he became the youngest arranger to win.
He also won by the largest margin when his band Sticks n Tones won with their rendition and his arrangement of The Ultimate Rejects’ Road March hit, Full Extreme.