ADJUDICATOR - ANDY CHICHESTER
The name Andy Chichester is probably best known throughout the Caribbean as a steelpan adjudicator as he has been adjudicating many steelpan competitions in the region. From his
introduction as an adjudicator in 2002 for Pan Trinbago, Andy has been one of the most sort-
after steelpan music adjudicators for other carnivals and festivals in the region to this day. He has been a Caribbean Examination Council music examiner/moderator in Grenada since 2005 and has continuously advocate for more secondary schools to add music as a subject to the curriculum.
For most of the past ten years Andy worked feverously on the development of carnival in
Grenada. As a director of Spicemas, he orchestrated for improved financial management,
greater benefits to the performers and transparency in the judging process.
Always seemingly humble and shying away from the stop-light, in 2015 Andy was sort after to direct his young group on musicians to collaborate with Andy Narell to deliver the highlight performance on the 2015 Grenada Music Festival.
As a steelpan arranger Andy won the most Junior Panorama titles and the most consecutive (5) in Grenada. He has won the National Pan Expressions (Bomb tune) competition and the Rhythm section competition on two occasions. As a composer, Andy wrote songs for several calypsonians in Grenada and collaborated on project with the likes of Ajamu, Nnika Francis and Randy Isaac. As a studio arranger, he contributed to many road march hits over the years.
In the aftermath of hurricane Ivan in 2004, Andy focused on assisting steelbands in Grenada rebuild and get back to normalcy. He served as a main pillar to the successes of the Angel Harps Steel Orchestra and music literacy throughout the steelpan movement in Grenada by offering
free music classes and lessons to all pan players on the island.
Andy joined the T.A. Marryshow Community college in Grenada where he taught music performance for 5 years before he moved on to an IT tech position with a telecommunication company on the island.
After serving as an arranger for the Angel Harps Steel Orchestra in Grenada for many years, Andy decided to further his music education. His journey took him to West Virginia University, Northern Illinois University and The University of the West Indies where he earned his BA in music in 2004.