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When Steel Talks provides an exclusive 2003 interview with Glenda Forde Gamory. Ms. Gamory is currently the president for Pantonic Steel Orchestra. Pantonic Steel Orchestra is one the premiere steel orchestras in the world.
Glenda Forde-Gamory president of Pantonic Steel Orchestra ©2005
In addition to being one of the founding member and leader of this five time championship musical organization Ms. Gamory is a grandmother and respected member of the New York community...
In her interview, Ms. Gamory sheds light on her background. Her achievements make her a role model for young women, and most notable is her transformation into an extremely formidable female presence, as head of one of the most popular and powerful musical organizations in North America.
Affectionately known as "Aunty Glenda" - Glenda Gamory is the chairman, founder and leader of one the most successful, important and popular musical organizations in America. Pantonic Steel Orchestra which resides in the heart of the New York City's urban community, is one of the most talented and respected orchestras in the world. As the manager of Pantonic, Ms. Gamory has accomplished in a relatively short space of time what few have in a life time.
Upon completing her formal education in 1967, Ms. Gamory migrated from her place of birth Trinidad and Tobago to the United States where she has made her home ever since. Ms. Gamory retired from the Telephone Company in June 2002 after 30 plus years with the company, to pursue her dream of creating a world class championship organization that would impact on the youth and her community positively.
The successes of the band are internationally renowned as people from all
over the world and from all walks of life, make the pilgrimage to Brooklyn
for their chance to become part of one of the band's main annual
presentations, and beyond. They all try to make the special-one hundred
player team which ultimately competes in the elite annual musical
Ms. Gamory's success is undisputable as they have won the coveted title of Champion three years in a row, and four times in the last five years. She has distinguished herself as the only woman to have led a steel orchestra to a championship in any part of the world; she has been and continues to be, successful in an environment that is extremely hostile to such endeavors.
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March 10, 2005
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