Since 2005 PANCH gives an award to a personality who has rendered outstanding service to the steelpan music in Switzerland.
PANCH Award 2007 for Sterling Betancourt
Born 1930, at the age of 22 he became a member of the legendary TASPO "Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra", who was the first steelband to be sent abroad to participate in a music festival in London.
PANCH Award 2006 for Patrik Bernhard
Pat was born 1960 in Berne. At the age of eleven he started to play the piano and attended classes at the academy of music/conservatory. After his Matura he started to study law, but didn't stay for long: his passion for music was much stronger. He was educated as a music teacher and studied at the Swiss Jazz School in Berne. He played in diverse rock and jazz bands.
PANCH Award 2005 for Wilbert Junior Gill
Junior was born in London. His family originates from Barbados. In his childhood he learnt to play the piano, vibraphone, marimba, bongos and pan. His friend Tamla Batra encouraged him to get the theoretical background in music. So he studied music and mathematics in Middlesex.