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The New Visionaries Pan Foundation has in its possession a list of Two Hundred Plus Trinidad and Tobago Steelbands which have become defunct for various reasons. These steelbands existed as far back as the early 1940’s. This list was compiled by one of our Directors Keith Simpson, and it was commissioned by The Arch Bishop of Pan, Dr. Pat Bishop before she passed. May her soul rest in peace.
Some of our defunct steelbands named here are: Atomic of Arima, Black Swan of San Juan, Boom Town of Tacarigua, Concrete Yard of Curepe, Empresarios Scarborough of Tobago, Lucky Jordan of Tobago, just to name a few.
Given the worldwide spread of our Trinidad and Tobago nationals who are true Pan Aficionados, and who were affiliated with these steelbands and the Pan movement of that era, the Foundation thought it prudent to present and post for discussion on WST forum, "Steelbands which have passed" from as far back as the 1940’s. It might be necessary to name the location of the panyards, as duplication of steelband names are very possible. What do you say Pan people?
This is a roughly sorted collection of the contributions everybody made to this topic. A couple bands were added from other sources and a couple bands might have been overlooked, unintentionally. There are over 100 bands listed here and I am sure that posters will keep adding to the lot.
Atomic, Ambassadors, Am Boys, Antillean
Battan, Birdland, Black Swan, Blue Stars, Boom Town and Boystown, BP Serenaders
Casablanca, Cavaliers, Chicago Steelband, Ciro, City Kids, City Symphony, City Synco, Cliff Tones, Concrete Yard, Crossfire, Crossroads, Crusaders
Del Vikings, Dem boys, Dem Fascinators, Dem Fortunates, Dixie Harps, Dixie Land
Fascinators, Finland, Flamingoes, Free French
Gay Philadelphians, Gem Stars, Golden Dukes, Gondoliers, Green Eyes
Hellsapoppin, Highlanders, Hillside Symphony, Hill Sixty
Jay Notes, Jazz Cats, Jewel 22, Joyland Synco
L’il Carib, Lucky Jordan
Maestros, Mello Harps, Melody Makers, Melo Stars, Metronomes, Modern Years, Morvant Ebonites, Motown
Nightingale, Nutrine Playboys
Old Oak Starlift (Tobago)
Rebels, Red Army, Rising Sun, Rochdale, Rogues Regiment
Saint James United, Samba Boys, San Juan All Stars, Satisfyers, Savoys, Scarlet Symphony, Sea Bees, Silhouettes, Silver Harps, Silver Tones, Southern All Stars, Southern Symphony, Southland, Spellbound, Sputniks, Sputnik Stars, Stalingrad, Starnicks, Starland, Stereophonics, Stromboli, Sundown Fascinators, Sundowners(?), Sunland (Belmont), Sunland (Tunapuna), Sun Valley, Symphonettes
Teenage Symphony, Third World, Trinidad Symphony, Tripoli, Tropical Harmony
West Side Symphony, West Stars, West Stars (Sando), Wonder Harps, Wonderland, Woodpeckers
Good record keeping , Claude :)
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Other Steelbands I recall Katzenjammers, Tropitones, Dixestars, of Woodbrook And Symphonettes St James
Isn't West Side Symphony still around I though they enter Panorama this year in the medium category while Starland enter in the small category for the conventional bands?
Pan Am North Stars.
Heinekin Pan Vibes
Just in time Dave!!!!
I will add 2 more, MARABUNTAS and JOHANNESBURG FASCINATORS..paddy corea
People all these Steelbands came out for carnival, most did not have a sponsor, they rolled on the ground. Today we have a few and they ride on a float, did we learn anything from it's history?
Very good Claude,in alphabetical order makes it easier,keep adding. I thought that Hitparaders and Saigon (two of the bands from which Starlift was formed, were mentioned) as I did not want to duplicate. You also had Arirang opposite Victoria gardens heading into Diego Martin.I also did not see Girl Pat and Merry Makers.
There is a West Stars functioning by the Water Wheel heading into Patna Village in Diego Martin,the other from south I remember as Texaco West Stars led by Fitzgerald Sparks (deceased). He had a band in the Palo Seco / Erin area I can't remember the name,south people might know. Sparks ended his playing days in Starlift, travelling from South nightly!