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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

QT Minors

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

Youth Stars

Zone Stars

3RD World Symphony (St. James)

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Great idea

Simple formula for interpreting the facts.  The communities and /or the founders died, and so did the steel orchestras or pansides, as we referred to them affectionately.  In San Fernando all the pockets of settlement or "areas" produced pansides - Sutton Street, Broadway, Springvale, Vistabella, the Coffee, Navet, Pleasantville, Panco Lane, Mt Moriah Road, Carlton Lane, Cocoyea, Circular Road, Mucurapo Street, Les Efforts, etc.

And do not underestimate the impact that migration had on the steelbands, particularly in the South , in the nineteen sixties and seventies.

Young men left Trinidad in mass from the mid sixties into the seventies to migrate to the US, and to work in places like St Croix and Aruba , and this devastated a number of steelbands.

Also bands started touring, and apart from creating divisions within the bands when some were left behind , some of the strongest members did not return, causing bands to die.

Glenroy this is so true.We lost 90% of our stage side on one tour,and 20-40 % on each yearly tour,added to that was the fact that we were not paying attention to our then productive schools program,resulting in a very depleted players pool and a serious lack of continuity.

We were constantly withdrawing from the players stock account,but we were not making any deposits of new players.Yes Sir,this devastated our band.

Should I add your "devastated band" to the PASSED STEELBANDS list? I thought you would be down by East Side in San Juan organizing for the VIDEO SHOOT and INTERVIEW with golden years pan men.

Claude you got jokes.......just remember ah have a bullpistle that eh see daylight for some years,so it looking for wuk,bad bad.....doh encourage mih to soak it.
Oh yea that panyard ole talk is ah very great idea.
Take care eh.

Have everyone forgotten City Syncopaters who  got sponsorship from  Sandbach and was eventually named Sandbach City  Syncopaters from upper Duke street Port of Spain. remember they tied with Panam North Stars in the 1966 festival.Silver harps (Cedros), moved to Point Fortin and entered competitions both Panorama and Festivals from that base.

They are on the list!

In response to July 22 email "the first organized steelband in San Fernando",I must congratulate Claude for his report and history recalling the names of the greats and foundation of Steelbands in South.

The point I would like to make is that there was an unmistakable connection between Pan and Mas. That is what promulgated steelband popularity as well as promoted Mas men in the South. The days when steelbands played "Sailor" etc, and or joined with the Copeland Brothers and others to "Bring Mas".

I was there  when I started playing mas with the Copeland brothers,Percy, Raddie and Lindsay "Mack" in 1945, my first year as a "Black Indian". I was there when 3 years later "Panther" and my Stepfather  Sline "Peppy" David and my Aunt'S Husband Rudolph Belgrove  who did all the wire bending for our "Indian Hats".The days when we played with Emil"Zola" and Free French with the lighted "Cross of Lorrraine" prominently held up in the night time jump up. We did that because "Peppy" was threatened by some other "Bad Johns"  from other steelbands of the time.

Most of the referenced steelbands were engaged in Mas and even to the "modern times" ('60s),Bands like "Sea Bees"/"Maestros" joined with Hendy Cooper ,(who started his career in mas with Peppy and I in the late '50s).

Mas men like "Polo" also engaged with other steelbands of the day.

"Chicken"Blackman, Golab, "Coolie" Sherwood, Vin and Mickey Cardinal, and Roddy Dymally being in the movement also played Mas with us.

The situation today is such that the steelbands all have become professional as they should and the connection with their roots is lost. The advent of Steelbands was concurrent with Mas production because the same people were involved and of course the separation was forseeable as the bands grew in size and sophistication. 

Steelbands played in parties,Fair and Dance, Barn Dance, Weddings,and alongside other music bands in fetes. 

So the passing of bands and the evolution of Orchestras is natural but regrettable but the history and memory will always be the legacy of those who did it against all odds.

Vernon: Why don't you write (summarize) your own recollections of the era and submit it to Jeremy G de Barry's website. All the credits are at the bottom of the article; I just thought that it was worth a read because I really enjoyed reading it on his site. In the process of compiling that list I read a lot of interesting articles and that one stood out. 

If you were playing mas in 1945 then you are fountain of historic information. And you have that flowing style of writing so yuh good for a nice read!!!

Claude

In response to July 22 email "the first organized steelband in San Fernando",I must congratulate Claude for his report and history recalling the names of the greats and foundation of Steelbands in South.

The point I would like to make is that there was an unmistakable connection between Pan and Mas. That is what promulgated steelband popularity as well as promoted Mas men in the South. The days when steelbands played "Sailor" etc, and or joined with the Copeland Brothers and others to "Bring Mas".

I was there playing mas with the Copeland brothers,Percy, Raddie and Lindsay "Mack" in 1946, my first year as a "Black Indian" and  "Chinkson"  joined them the following year. I was there when  "Panther" and my Stepfather  Sline "Peppy" David and my Aunt's Husband Rudolph Belgrove  who did all the wire bending for our "Indian Hats".The days when we played Mas with Emil"Zola" and Free French with the lighted "Cross of Lorrraine" prominently held up in the night time jump up. We did that because "Peppy" was threatened by some other "Bad Johns"  from other steelbands of the time and he was "Individual Of The Year"

Most of the referenced steelbands were engaged in Mas and even to the "modern times" ('60s),Bands like "Sea Bees"/"Maestros" joined with Hendy Cooper ,(who started his career in mas with Peppy and I in the late '50s).

Mas men like "Polo" also engaged with other steelbands of the day.

"Chicken"Blackman, Golab, "Coolie" Sherwood, "Youth",Vin and Mickey Cardinal, and Roddy Dymally being in the movement also played Mas with us.

The situation today is such that the steelbands all have become professional as they should and the connection with their roots is lost. The advent of Steelbands was concurrent with Mas production because the same people were involved and of course the separation was forseeable as the bands grew in size and sophistication. 

Steelbands played in parties,Fair and Dance, Barn Dance, Weddings,and alongside other music bands in fetes. 

So the passing of bands and the evolution of Orchestras is natural but regrettable but the history and memory will always be the legacy of those who did it against all odds.

Sundown Fascinators were from Bushe Street Petit Bourg, SanJuan.

Mike Germain

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