Saturday, February 2, 2013
Profile: Tara Baptiste
Tara began playing pan when she was 10 and has been playing pan for 26 years. Her favorite pan is the three-cello (pictured). She is the manager of Stardust Steel Orchestra in London. When she is not playing in Panorama or managing her band, she is a nurse. When I asked Tara if she had anything she wanted to share with the Sweet Briar community, she said:
"I play in Panorama for two reasons. First, though I've lived in London for a long time, I was born in Trinidad. Coming back and playing Panorama is a way to connect with the culture of my parents and celebrate my rich heritage. Second, Panorama is hard work. It takes a lot of time, effort, and raw talent to compete at this level. Coming together with 120 other players, working hard together to bring a piece to life, there's nothing like those feelings of camaraderie and artistic accomplishment."