My name is Lynette Yearwood, I have been a member of Pantonic for 23 years, and was introduced to pan by my late grandfather Biggs Yearwood.
Growing up in the band has been the best thing in my life. As a youth growing up in Hackney - with street crime on the rise, being part of the band helped to keep me out of trouble and off the streets. As well as learning my cultural history I have meet some interesting people along my journey and have developed life long friendship and gained an extended family.
Being part of Pantonic has so many benefits, it has taught me the importance of discipline and has definitely helped to develop my listening, social and team skills. Along the way I learnt the respect of time management and organizational skills, i.e Playing on gigs - getting there on time, setting up pans and performing to tight schedules. Playing such a beautiful musical instrument can be very fun and exciting. Not only is it fun to play music that you enjoy, but it feels wonderful to hear an audience applaud you for giving a great performance. It can also be very honorable and gratifying to voluntarily play in your local community and see the happiness on people’s faces because they enjoy watching you play.
I have had many great adventures during my 23 years with Pantonic, touring France, Panorama, 1000 pans, Olympic torch event, Puma Yard, Participating in the Notting Hill carnival and many other carnivals across the UK, just to name a few, but working with the youths over the past 2 years has been the most rewarding experience during my time with Pantonic. Not only have I eveloped my skills as a musician-pan player, band leader and arranger, I have seen growth and development within our Next Generation.
Moving forward I would love for Pantonic to gain some of the amazing experiences i have been through. A big dream for me would be to get Pantonic back on the road for NH Carnival and back into Panorama. I would also like to run more workshops where we could have not only workshops for youths, but for the elderly and those with disabilities. In order for Pantonic to grow and progress, we would need a permanent place to rehearse, with access at least 2-3 days per week and with storage space for the pans, a mini bus to get the youths home on those dark winter nights as well as commuting to functions, also sponsorship and some financial backing/funding to assist in rent, maintenance of pans and as the band grows and recruits more members, more pans.
“Music is what feelings sound like” and Pan sure sounds sweet...