By Cliff Feightner, editor-in-chief, WIXY's gone Bananas,
and Sylva Feightner, Rittman Band Alum
Photos by Brenda Fry, Rittman Band Alum, member WGBB, and proud Rittman Band Parent
PANomenom, the award winning Rittman High School steel drum band performed for an appreciative audience in the cozy confines of the Multi Purpose room in the high school on January 9.
After opening the program with the steel drum standard, "Yumbambe", the show took on a definite flavor of the sixties. We that remember Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass were treated to the song "Tijuana Taxi", which also brought back memories of "The Dating Game". The audience then heard the Johnny Nash tune "I Can See Clearly Now", which was arranged by Rittman senior Ray Craig.
The show continued with just the pans playing "The Summer Knows". "Mo Java" followed that then those of us "more mature" folks were treated to more memories as we heard another tune arranged by Ray Craig "Green Onions" originally performed by Booker T. and the M.G.'s.
"Ghost Riders in The Sky" and "Trini Mambo" followed. Then it was surf music Caribbean style. The selection was titled"Jan and Dean and the Boys" which was a medley of sixties hits by Jan and Dean, and the Beach Boys.
The program ended with the standard "Steelband Paradise" also performed by the Steelbands of Trinidad.
Note: The steel drum band will be performing this Thursday for the Rittman Chamber of Commerce.