"...the invention and early development of the steel pan was not the outcome of a stroke of genius of a single individual, but the product of socially outcast communities groping for self-expression...."
On this day – 30th August 1992, the steelpan became the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. The steelpan (or pan for short) is a musical instrument indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago and is the only acoustic musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century.
"In the same year, we accepted an invitation to the first International Conference on Steelpan Science and Technology (ICSTS 2000) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where we presented our pang instruments and our research results. "It sounds like in the old days". This was the reaction of the scholars of Trinidad. For us this meant a confirmation, because it was indeed the sound of the old steel bands that had inspired us. "
"In the same year (2000) we were invited to the first International Conference on Science and Technology of the Steelpan (ICSTS 2000) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where we presented our instruments and our research results. “It sounds like in the old days,” was the reaction of the Trinidad scholars. This statement was a confirmation of our work because it really was the sound of the old steel bands that had inspired us."