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  1. This is another in a series of audio podcasts by Chiriqui.Life. The subject of this podcast is the PanaBandas project. PanaBandas is the brainchild of Michael Jason Stone; he prefers to be called simply "Stone". PanaBandas is to be an annual, national-level band competition held in the Boquete area. The central idea behind PanaBandas is twofold: to motivate Panama's youth to be involved in music, and thus move away from drugs, gangs, and similar lifestyle options, and to expose Panama's young musical talent to an international audience via a first prize of a recording studio session. There are four principals in the PanaBandas undertaking: Stone (Canadian, resident in Boquete) is the President and CEO, Carlos Sanchez (Panamaño, resident in Panama City) is the Vice President, Nan Landsman (US, resident in Boquete) is the Secretary, and Vicky Phelps (US, resident in Boquete) is the Treasurer. The recording session for this podcast included only Stone and Nan, and was recorded on July 28, 2017. However, this podcast was not released for public viewing until the venue and the dates for the first band competition were firm. The final commitments by all involved entities have now been achieved. The first PanaBandas competition will be held at the Boquete Fair Grounds on December 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2017. The gates will open at 8:00AM on all three days and the event activities will start at 9:00AM all three days. The event activities at the Fairgrounds will end at 9:00PM on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th, and at midnight on Sunday the 17th. Ticket prices for daily general admission will be as follows: 7 years and under - Free, 8-12 years - $2.00, 13 years and older - $5.00. There are also special VIP 3-day backstage passes available at $75.00 each. The parents of each competitor will receive free 3-day VIP backstage passes. PanaBandas has been in the planning stage for two years, and the principals are finalizing all the specifics for the first of many annual band contests. This podcast includes information about Stone and Nan, how and when they came to Boquete, and what caused them to begin putting together PanaBandas, their vision of what PanaBandas is, and how PanaBandas is to be executed to achieve its goals, etc. PanaBandas is an expansive undertaking that is working toward sponsorship of an annual, nationwide contest among bands. A band is defined as at least two musicians, and the musicians must be amateurs who live permanently in Panama. There are three age groups for bands: Junior (12 and under), Teen (13 to 17), and Senior (18 and over). There are three different genres of music: rock, Latin, and other. Listen to this podcast to begin to grasp the magnitude of the project, which sponsors are being sought, how PanaBandas is to be managed, what the prizes will be, what resources are being pursued, etc., etc. Potential sponsors, hopefully to include the Panamanian government (education, tourism, etc.), are considering their sponsorship roles. Volunteers will be needed to help during the three days of competition. Contact Information Email: panabandas@gmail.com Website: panabandas.com Telephone: +507 6846-0910 To listen to this podcast about PanaBandas, click below on the white, right-pointing triangle (arrow) on top of an orange circular background. If you see two options below, we recommend using the "Listen in browser" option as opposed to the "Play on SoundCloud" option. This podcast is 55m 39s duration. If you would like to provide feedback about this podcast, or discuss other matters related to this podcast series, please either reply to this posting, or send CL Staff a private message (@Moderator_02 is the correct display name to communicate with), or email to support@chiriqui.life. If you would like to share this podcast with family and friends, simply provide them the following URL, but remember that CL membership is required to view this content: http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/6897-chiriquilife-podcast-13-an-interview-with-the-management-of-the-panabandas-project/
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