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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)
Courtney:This exchange is a good example of why we really need to physically visit all the current pan yards and let them direct us to sources like Conrad's daughter. And here is why this has to be done urgently.
Let us say that an 8 year-old boy child was standing near a PAN YARD in Morvant around 1946 when these bands really started to form. That man is now 77 years old if he is still alive. So the NEW VISIONARIES have to go meet these early witnesses in their panyards and neighborhoods and document their stories like RIGHT NOW before we lose all those human resources and have to start guessing. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!!
Sundowners was from Panco Lane South Trinidad, they came second in the first Panorama with "Elaine and Harry" the arranger was Steve Regies...
It seems as there were two Thunder Birds, two Finland,two Pan Pipers and two Cross Fire.Count one each as a passed band from Arima.
Keep the good work going
YES BOSS ALEXANDER!!! I am staying in the trenches!!! Many administrative decisions to be made. The NEW VISIONARIES sent me the original list and Jeremy sent me ALL KINDA TINGS (including his list) that I cannot thank him enough for. When you get appointed PRESIDENT of THE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF STEELBANDS -- don't forget to add us to the clerical staff before you give jobs to all your compere and dem.
Ha~ha~ha,never kno yuh is ah chinee...
A serious question for you and everyone else. This LIST (File) will consist of two data elements as a starting point: BAND NAME and LOCATION. But even this simple configuration needs some analysis. Some bands named themselves after their LOCATION.
SAN JUAN ALL STARS and MORVANT EBONITES are good examples putting the LOCATION before the BAND NAME. The names as we grew up hearing them conjure a certain identity and authenticity which if reversed might dilute the historical emphasis.
On the other hand, most of the bands have straight up names. INVADERS, DESPERADOES, SUNLAND are more CONFORMING examples to the order of this file.
How should we standardize this on the list? Or does it even matter?
Claude I would be led by the bands, because I see as their way of paying homage to their communities.
I almost step outta mih crease today,and command yuh to just puh (PoS) by the Port of Spain bands and tuh sort dem by zone.......buh ah say NAH!......Claude go say.....who de hell he tink he is?....de PoHaCC?.......and ah was going to put "GOD outta mih thoughts" and tell yuh to put Puna bands together,de Sando by deself.and so on and so on,as I got the feeling dat mite help wake up someone memories.
Look.... leh mih go before yuh pelt mih with ah rotten breadfruit.
If yuh feel ah could help,send me ah file and I might be able tuh help sort it out how you want it.
Much Respect Sire!
Once we create THE FILE we can sort it however we want. The biggest problem right now is identifying the location of each band.
LET ME MAKE ONE THING PERFECTLY CLEAR (that is the famous line that Richard Nixon used in many of his speeches) -- this is a COMMUNITY EFFORT.
Every opinion is welcome to add fuel to the fire.
Ah used to come on the forum and harass Cecil all the time telling him 'Your Forum" and "Your Forum" and "Your Forum" -- and Cecil used to get vex with meh and tell meh it eh MY FORUM is OUR FORUM.
Now ah know how Cecil used to feel.
It eh MY LIST, boy. Is THE WST FORUM COMMUNITY LIST.
This project have a real long ways to go! As you realize, there have been many attempts made along these lines so ....
Actually, this little exchange solved the problem for me. I hate redundancy but for practical data processing purposes with this file I will resort to it.
Yuh just give me MORE WORK!
It was my pleasure Claude......Please come again!
Thanks for the update. At first I was less than enthusiastic about the compilation of a list of steebands which have passed. That’s a job for the pan historians, I mused. But, when put in the context of how the story of those bands contributed to pan today then I became ecstatic! I believe an understanding of their history is not just important but crucial to informing the future direction of the steelband. Let’s take it beyond a listing to a critical analysis of their rise and demise.