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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?
Don't leave out SUNLAND STEELBAND from TUNAPUNA run by the PUMP BOYS: Mastifay, Joe Dog, Red Ken, Dalgo and a few other names I cannot remember. In the FIFTIES!!!
Wasn't there a "SUNLAND" from Belmont also?
Am Boys, Satisfyers, Dem boys, Dem Fortunates, Modern Years, Ambassadors, Rising Sun, West Side Symphony, Metronomes, Savoys
Gillos: What town was AM BOYS from?
yes Patrick..there was a SUNLAND in Belmont.....Cadize rd. or there abouts
Not Cadiz Road... Sunland came out of Erthig Road (Spelling*) between Pelham and Norfolk Streets. Not far from Olympic Theater
Sunland, in Belmont- 21B Erthig Road. You are correct patrick ramdoo
OK so where's the list ??
Tony: Dat list go be well over 500, boy. The NEW VISIONAIRES eh even start to count bands yet. Imagine, beside the band from Tunapuna that I mentioned (Sunland), it had beaucoup other bands like Stalingrad, Hillside, Nightingale, Starland, Dixie Harps, Jazz Cats, Tropical Harmony, Fascinators and Flamingoes.
Well somebody else mentioned Flamingoes who used to be "Gay Flamingoes" ... a fitting day to recall that title!
And that is only Tunapuna alone!!!
Please do not forget the great band Morvant Ebonites during the 60's..........Arranger the late Knolly Bobb.....remember Roses from the South(Bomb Tune) and many more.
Morvant Ebonites was located at the end of Park Lane Morvant