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Over 300 STEELBANDS on the LIST and we still have more updating to do!!!
We are going to have some MAJOR UPDATES coming up this week. I am going to put "TBD" in the "location" field for bands which currently lack a specific location. I have also added the "source" (WST/NV/JdeBarry) for each band entry on this list. That should facilitate easier retrieval by anyone who wants to validate information or make contact with the contributor. If anyone recognizes a band and knows the TOWN in which the band existed, please give us an update. Thanks!
I think that any BAND NAME that is presented by the WST GLOBAL COMMUNITY on this specific topic has validity. If not in this context, maybe in some other. So I will include it (sometimes with a STRIKEOUT or QUESTION MARK).
In terms of the letter "A" all three data elements have been provided for bands starting with the letter "A" and this is an integration of ALL three data sources -- WHEN STEEL TALKS, NEW VISIONARIES and Jeremy de Barry. Roughly 223 bands were presented by the WHEN STEEL TALKS COMMUNITY with 220 from the NEW VISIONARIES and 282 from The JEREMY de BARRY file. Of course there are a lot of duplicates that have to be WEEDED OUT.
For the bands from town I am going to start putting "Port-of-Spain" but I would appreciate any specific pointers like "Belmont" or "St. James" and the like. I just added the first female steelband to the list. "WHITE STARS" was formed at the GIRL'S INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL. "GIRL PAT" was the second female steelband.
All Aces (Boissiere Village), (WST); Arima All Stars (Arima), (WST); Alpha Stars (Rio Claro), (NV); Ambassadors (St. James -- Fort George Rd), (WST/NV); Am Boys Symphony (Belmont),(WST/NV); Antillean (San Fernando), (WST/JdeB); Armarites (El Socorro -- Don Miguel Street), (JdeB); Arirang (Diego Martin), (WST/NV); Armaris (Cunupia -- Chin Chin Road, (JdeB), Armed Forces, (Laventille), (NV); Atomic (Arima), (NV)
Battan (San Fernando -- Upper Marryat Street), (WST/JdeB); Bell Boys (San Juan -- Laventille Road), (WST/JdeB); Belmont United (Belmont -- Archer Street), (WST/NV); Bescrete Harmonizers, (Arima -- Green Street), (WST); Birdland (Carenage), Black Knights (San Fernando), (JdeB); Black Swan (San Juan), (NV); Blue Diamonds (Tobago-- Union Hall), (NV/JdeB); Blue Moon (St. Madeleine),(JdeB); Blue Stars, (St. James), (WST); Boom Town (Tacarigua), (NV); Born To Lose, (Arima), (WST); Boston Symphony, (Port-of-Spain), (WST/NV); Boystown (Pt. Cumana), (WST/NV/JdeB); Boystown (Tobago, Speyside) (JdeB); Boystown (Tunapuna), (WST/NV); (BP Serenaders (Tobago -- Canaan), (WST/JdeB); Buccaneers, (TBD), (NV)
Cadenza (Mayaro Pierreville), (JdeB); Caribbean Magic (Barataria -- 28th 4th Street), (JdeB); Casablanca, Casbah, (Arima -- Calcutta City), (WST/NV); Cashab (Tobago, Roxborough), (JdeB); Cavaliers (San Fernando, South Street), (WST/NV/JdeB); Central Cassanova (Central), (WST/NV); Central Symphony (Chaguanas), (NV/CdeB); Charlie Chan, (Port-of-Spain), (NV); Chicago Steelband, (TBD), (WST/NV); Choclate City (San Fernando -- Cor. Coffee and Cipero Streets), (JdeB); Chutniks (San Juan), (JdeB); City Kids (Port-of-Spain), (WST); City Serenaders Port-of-Spain -- Abercrombie St.), (WST); City Symphony (Port-of-Spain -- St. Paul St.), (WST); City Syncopators (Port-of-Spain), (WST/NV); Classy Sounds (Belmont, Circular Road), (JdeB); Clef Tones, (San Fernando -- Oxford Street), (WST/NV); Concrete Yard (Curepe), (WST/NV); Coco Boys (La Brea), (JdeB); Condor Front Liners, (TBD), (NV); ( Cooperative Harmony (Sangre Grande -- Cooperative Street), (JdeB); Corregidores (San Juan/Barataria), (WST/NV); Cosmonetts (San Fernando -- Cipero Street), (JdeB); Crazy Golden Eagles (Port-of-Spain, George Street), (JdeB); Crescendoes (Chaguanas, Southern Main Road), (JdeB);Crossfire (Woodbrook/St. James), (WST/NV); Crossfire (Arima -- Longden St.), (WST/NV); Crossroads, (St. James), (WST/NV); Cross Stars, (Arima -- Guanapo Street), (WST); Cross Winds (Enterprise, Chaguanas), (WST-NV-JdeB), Crusaders (Port-of-Spain), (WST); Culture Circle (St Joseph -- Market Street), (JdeB); Curepe Rebels (Curepe), (NV); Cutie Minors (San Fernando -- Rushworth Street), (JdeB); Czechniks (Gonzales), (WST)
D Boys, Del Vikings, Dale White's Family and Friends (Arima -- cor. Stephen & Subero Street), (JdeB); Delphonics, Dem boys (Belmont, Port-of-Spain), Dem Fascinators, Dem Fortunates (Port-of-Spain), Destination Unknown (San Juan), Dixicola Pentagons (San Fernando -- Short Street), Dixie Harps (Tunapuna), (WST/NV/JdeB); (Dixie Land (Belmont), Dixie Stars (Port-of-Spain), Dolphins Steel Orchestra (Pleasantville, Blitz Village), (JdeB)
East Indians (Pasea), East Side Symphony (Mayaro), East Side Symphony (Tobago -- Belle Garden), (JdeB); East Side New Dimension (Tobago, Belle Garden), (JdeB); Ebonites, Ebony, Echo Diamonds, Ekklesic (Arima), (JdeB); Empresarios (Scarborough, Tobago), (WST/NV/JdeB); Esso Stars, Esso Wonderharps, Euphonics (Lake Asphalt), (NV) Euphonics (Roxborough, Tobago), (NV), Euphonics Sounds (Tobago, Scarborough), (JdeB); Express 21 (Laventille -- 80 Old St. Joseph Road), (JdeB)
Fascinators (Port-of-Spain), Finland (San Juan), Five Graves to Cairo, Flamingoes, Four Roads Star Delta (Diego Martin), Free French (San Fernando), Free Town (?), French Metronomes (San Fernando), Frenchman Creek (Tunapuna), Frillibo
Gay Caballeros, Gay Crescendos, Gay Hoytonians, Gay Landers, Gay Monarch, Gay Philadelphians, Gay Symphony, Gem Stars, Girl Pat (Port-of-Spain), Gladiators, Golden Dukes, Golden Harps, Golden Sounds Incorporated, Gondoliers (Maryatt Street, San Fernando), Gonzales United, Green Eyes, Guapo Burnley (Guapo), (WST/NV/JdeB)
Harlem City, Harlem Nightingales, Harlem Symphony, Harmonics (Egypt Village), Heineken Pan Vibes, Hellsapoppin, Hell Tones, Hell's Kitchen, Highlanders, Highlighters (Penal), Hillside Symphony (Corner Upper Hillside Street & Carib Street, San Fernando), Hill Sixty, Hill Stars (John John), Hilites (Maraval), Hiltones, Hit Paraders (Port-of-Spain)
Ierie Republic Sounds, Imperial Tulips
Jay Notes (Sangre Grande), Jazz Cats, Jewel 22 (Port-of-Spain), Joyland Synco, Juveniles
Katzenjammers (Port-of-Spain), Kentuckians, Kintups (St. Anns, Port-of-Spain), Klondike Pan Sounds (Tunapuna), Klondykes (Barataria)
Lenningrad (Morvant), L’il Carib, Lunics, Lucky Jordan (Scarborough, Tobago)
Maestros, Marley Nostalgic Golden Stars, Marsicans (San Juan), Melodics, Mello Harps (bethel), Mello Tones (Arima), Melotones (Febeau Village, San Juan), Melody Makers, Mello Stars, Merry Makers, Merry Star Metronomes, Metronomes, Mexicanos, Mexitones, Midlanders, Modern Stereo Harps (Gasparillo), Modern Sunland, Modern Years, Modernaires (Gonzales), Modernites, Monarchs, Moonglow, Moonlight Sonata, Morning Stars, Morvant Ebonites, Motown (San Fernando)
New World Symphony, Nestle's Ambassadors, Nightingale (Port-of-Spain), Nightingales (Bourg Mulatresse), Nob Hill (Tunapuna), Nocturnes, North Star (Arouca), North Stars, Northern Harmonizers (San Juan), Northern Symphony, Nuclear Symphonettes, Nutrine Playboys
(Old Oak) Starlift (Tobago), Olympia Symphonettes, Olympians (Tobago), Onset Steel Orchestra, Organettes (San Fernando), Pan Am North Stars (St. James), Pan Glow (San Fernando), Pan Pipers (Arima), Pandemonics (Bournes Road, St. James), Panarmonics (Belmont), Panamonics (Delaford), Pandemonium, Panorama (Port-of-Spain), People's Music, Pepcats (Arouca), Play Boys, Point Cumana Steel Orchestra, Prodigal Philharmonics, Pt. D'or Nightingales
Radix, Ragtime Rebels (Curepe), Red Army (Prince Street, Port-of-Spain), Red River (San Juan), Rhapsody, Rhapsody (Tunapuna), Rhythm and Blues, Rhythm Tigers (Tobago), Rising Sun (Jarvis Street, San Fernando), Rochdale, Rogues Regiment
Saigon (Port-of-Spain), Saint James United (Saint James), Samba Boys, San Juan All Stars (San Juan), Savoys, Satisfiers, Scarlet Symphony, Scarlet 29 Incorporated, Schlumbergers, Second Dimension (Morvant), See Bees, Silhouettes, Silver Harps (Cedros), Silver Harps (Port-of-Spain),Silver Harps (Sangre Grande), Silver Tones, Sky Chief (Tobago), Skylarks, Small Town Stardust, Soul City (Cascade), South Stars, (San Fernando), Southern All Stars (Carib Street, San Fernando), Southern Melotones (San Fernando), Southern Fascinators (San Fernando), Southern Symphony (San Fernando), Southernites (Santa Flora), Southland Symphony (Sutton Street, San Fernando), Spellbound (Carenage), Spike Jones, Sputalis, Sputniks, Sputniks (Les Coteaux), Sputnik Stars, St. Anns All Stars (St. Anns), (JdeB); Stackpole, , Stalingrad, Stardelters, Starlift (Gasparillo), Starland, Starlite (San Juan), Starnicks (Carenage), Staronettes Steel Orchestra (Laventille), Steel Stylers, Stepyard, Stereophonics, Stereotones, Stromboli (Belmont), Sundown Fascinators, Sundowners (Panco Lane, San Fernando), Sundowners (Hollis Street, Petit Bourg), Sun Valley (St. James), Sunland (Belmont- 21B Erthig Road), Sunland (Tunapuna), Sunsetters Coryal, Supertones (Canaan), Supersonics (La Brea), Survival, Syatdust, Symphonettes (Woodbrook), Symphony Stars (Scarborough), Synconettes, Synconites
Teenage Serenaders, Teenage Symphony, Teen Stars, Tell Stars (San Juan), Third Dimension, Third World, Third World Symphony, Thunder Birds, Tobago All Stars (Scarborough,Tobago), (NV/JdeB);Today's Youth Funky, Tombstone, Torrid Zone (Morvant), Trinidad Symphony (San Juan), Tripoli, Tropical Harmony, Tropical Melody, Tropicana Valentino, Tropitones (Port-of-Spain), Trutones (Princess Town), Tunapuna All Stars (Tunapuna)
Valley Harps, Vibratones, Vigilantes, Volleywyvkers (Mt. St. Benedict)
Wake Island, Water Front, West Side Symphony, West Stars (San Fernando), West Stars (Texaco), Western Philharmonics, Western Serenaders (Tobago), Western Stars, White Stars (Port-of-Spain, First female steelband -- from The Girl's Industrial School, Port-of-Spain), Wild Cats, Wild Cats (Tesoro), Williiamsville Highliters, Winside, Wonder Harps, Wonder Harps Esso), Wonderland (Belmont), Wonderland (Chaguanas), Woodpeckers
3RD World Symphony (St. James)
Birdland and Starnicks were from Carenage.
No historical documentation of the development of the steel pan in Trinidad & Tobago can be considered complete, if we do not look at the development that occurred in every nook and cranny of these two blessed islands. How the rise and demise of many steel bands contributed to the development we see today is also critical to the story in this journey. Pat Bishop [Witco Desperadoes/Republic Bank Exodus] conceived this project during her tenure as head of the Carnival Institute which was then based at the Hotel Normandie. When it came to our local culture, Pat was always thinking out of the box. The Institute is now headed by Kim Johnson – writer, historian, researcher and cultural archivist. It was Pat’s expressed desire to compile a PAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, which would document every steel band in Trinidad & Tobago, both current and defunct. This encyclopedia would provide the historical data on each band – including the name[s] of their captain[s]/manager[s]/leader[s], arranger[s], tuner[s], as well as locations of their pan yards. Pat Bishop expressed this desire to Keith J A Simpson [Director – New Visionaries Pan Foundation] in his interactions with her at the Institute. This prompted him to begin research on the project. He consulted books, documents, spoke to elders of many steel bands, since a lot of the information to be gathered is not recorded anywhere. WHEN PAT BISHOP LEFT THE CARNIVAL INSTITUTE, THE PROJECT DIED. It is truly fantastic to see the interest generated on this project with its posting on the New Visionaries Facebook Page well as the WST Forum [When Steel Talks]. There is an urgent need for this project to come to fruition in honour and memory of Pat Bishop. We must source all available historical data on these steel bands documenting their impacts, not only on the history and development of our national instrument but also on the communities in which they are/were located. This encyclopedia will help to provide answers to the ongoing debates about the invention of the steel pan. Presently, most historians cite 1939 as the year of its invention and Alexander’s Ragtime Band as the first steel orchestra. Fedo Blake and American Stephen Steumpfle must be cited for their efforts at recording the history of the steel pan. We must also cite and thank Jeremy de Barry [www.seetobago.org] for his current compilation of the steel bands of Trinidad & Tobago, both current and defunct. We invite all members of the pan fraternity, locally, regionally, internationally, to share their knowledge/information on any steel band [especially those that are listed as defunct] on the NVPF Facebook page or the WST Forum so that we can achieve Pat Bishop’s dream of the Pan Encyclopedia. The NVPF publicly thanks Mr. Claude Gonzales for pursuing with such vigour, the compilation of the bands, in alphabetical order, from the information given my interested foreign nationals as well as true pan lovers on the WST Forum. The suggestion to appoint a committee to pursue this project and you offer to assist as a member is welcomed. Hopefully we will be able to have a planned conference/meeting on the documentation of the data acquired on this project.
I am in full support of this venture and is willing to work with anyone to develop this work of history , art and education.
Good day gentlemen,
this discussion is getting quite long and interesting.
Did I see in Sundowners from Petit Bourg (Hollis Street) in the list?
Yes, you did see Sundown Fascinators as I recall that name and a reference to Keith Diaz, who was from the Petit Bourg area where I lived. I always had the impression that SanJuan All STars would come up the Eastern Main Road to Petit Bourg from the Croisee and there were many battles against this little steelband from Hollis/Bushe street.
Mello Tones was the official name of the band called " Dog Patch" from Providence Circular,Arima.
Let me also thank NV for posting an update to their original post.
Oswald: I am working on the next batch of updates. It look like yuh have ah promotion coming.
Like stick break in yuh ears,eh Claude.
Nice work though.
DEVELOPING LIST OF STEELBANDS WHICH HAVE PASSED-Set-02_20150705_v1.1_Research + NV lists.txt
Work in Progress - DEVELOPING LIST OF STEELBANDS WHICH HAVE PASSED Lists NV_01.1 Set-02
Hi Mr Claude Gonzales,
http://www.seetobago.org/trinidad/pan/1_research_temp/Past & Historic TT Steelbands_List NV_01_v1.1_set_02_Internet Research Release.pdf
Still a 'Work in Progress' & probably containing a few errors. (the PDF converter itself has been a bit rough!)
Find PDF to show 5 Sections (5 'tabs' from the full XLS file)
Section 1) Raw data - Version 1.0
Section 2) irl pre Formatted raw data - Version 1.0
Section 3) (Called 'Step 1') - The all data - RESEARCH Past & Historic Steelband list - V1.1 [The 'Work in Progress' file]
Section 4) (Called 'Step 2') - The NV - DEVELOPING LIST OF STEELBANDS WHICH HAVE PASSED Steelband list - V1.1
Section 5) listing Sources
The bit that is of interest to you is Section 4.
The NV - DEVELOPING LIST OF STEELBANDS WHICH HAVE PASSED Steelband list - V1.1
Which now contains some 194 steelbands; but still needs more work for characterising.
Am encoraging you and all the crew to keep up the focus, the great effort and the good work as
assistance is still needed to correct & fill in the blanks (in both sections) : Particularly address data (that sets the zoneing)
Note: Section (4) is a sub-set of Section (3); but the excess steelbands in section (3) are just as needy of feedback.
Hope this is helpful to all.
Cheers & enjoy
tobagojo - 20150705
I remember early bands that played with one stick and Bugle around Morvant are 1. Lenningrad and 2 Torrid Zone. In my Country area Flanagin Town there a small steel band run by Conrad Syriac.
Thanks! Will add to the list! Do you remember the name of the Flanagin Town band?
Not sure I will ask is daughter. Conrad Died recently