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If you ask Nola Barton what her son Sherwin’s first language was, she’ll respond frankly: steelpan. An American of Trinidadian heritage, Sherwin was born into steelpan culture and has lived the art form his entire life. A native of Hyattsville, Maryland, Thwaites was exposed to a variety of musical styles at an early age: go-go, jazz, and gospel through his friends and calypso, soul, and reggae at home. In the 1980s, Yo! MTV Raps added hip hop to that list and he found himself enthralled. Despite this broad love for music, Thwaites never strayed far from his beloved steelpan – he spent his evenings and weekends translating all of his favorite melodies to steelpan, eventually arranging music for ensembles he performed with throughout grade school. Sherwin’s passion for steelpan eventually took him to one of the top five music conservatories in the United States, where formal training augmented his innate predilection for music.....(click details for full Bio)

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