Friday, February 23, 2018

The lone pan woman on the Avenue


Michelle Huggins-Watts conducts Valley Harps Steel Orchestra.

Mark Fraser

Michelle Huggins-Watts is the lone female arranger in a group of 16 to be honoured by the Woodbrook/St James Community Association during tomorrow’s “Pan on the Avenue 3.”

Huggins-Watts is the first female arranger to win a National Panorama Competition (Medium Category 2011) and finds herself among greats like Dr Jit Samaroo, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Leon “Smooth” Edwards, Earl Rodney, Steve Achaiba, Lennox Bobby Mohammed, Pelham “PG” Goddard, Ray Holman, Robbie Greenidge and Desmond Waithe. 

Other arrangers to be honoured are Ken “Professor” Philmore, Terrence “BJ” Marcelle, Earl Brooks, Duvonne Stewart and Edwin Pouchet (posthumously).

When asked why the association is honouring so many arrangers at once, secretary, Allima Garcia said, “These people have worked so hard in promoting and developing the pan, we saw it fit to honour them while they are alive (except Pouchet).

“We have also included several young arrangers because of their achievements; you have to show them their work is being recognised.”

The arrangers will lead off the Pan Parade tomorrow starting from Taylor Street until they reach Adam Smith Square where they will be honoured.