Ray Holman

In typical BBC style, the British network interviewed Ray about pan and his role in developing the art form. The context presenter Jo FIdgen used in an edition of the BBC program Outlook, was go look at the violent clashes that occurred in the early days of the steel band movement. Outlook's Nicki Paxman interviewed Ray at his Woodbrook home, and he played his mellow double seconds for her.

Ray talked about Panorama and his role in it both as an arranger and as a composer. He reminisced about joining Invaders in 1957 as a  player and later as an arranger in 1961. Sharing his host's message, he also talked about a steel band clash between Starlift and Invaders in 1972. 

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“I am deeply grateful for this kind of recognition,” said Ray, on receiving an honorary degree from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) in November at the O’Meara Campus in Arima. Ray, who was recently interviewed on BBC Radio on his accomplishments as a steel band arranger, was among 11 of the country’s “greatest pioneers” honoured at UTT’s graduation exercises this year.

Chairman, Professor Ken Julien said UTT’s practice of awarding honorary degrees had lapsed for a few years but was being reintroduced because the university felt it was important to recognise the contribution of such honourees.

In addition to Ray, UTT presented honorary degrees to Earl Lovelace; Peter Minshall; Michael Anthony; David Boothman; Justice Anthony Lucky; Winsford Devine; Angelo Bissessarsingh; the late Calypsonian The Mighty Duke (Kelvin Pope) and sitarist Mungal Patasar. …