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We now have an integrated list of “PASSED STEELBANDS” which we can officially hand over to the NEW VISIONARIES for honing and further research and development. This is just a starting point and there is still considerable work left to be done. The WST FORUMITES responded to the call and contributed around 245 steelbands. This list is a combination of the records provided by Jeremy de Barry and the NEW VISIONARIES and the WST members. After duplicates were removed we ended up with about 400 PASSED STEELBANDS.

We wish the NEW VISIONARIES swift success as they attempt to develop and complete this historical document. There are about 93 bands that are yet to have the “LOCATION” field filled in and that should be the first priority.

In looking at the data we know that the PAN was developed in GREATER PORT-OF-SPAIN so we expected the largest number of bands to be from THE CITY. But San Fernando and Tobago gave the Port-of-Spain PAN MEN a run for their money. San Fernando came in with 35 bands and Tobago came in with a shockingly high 29 BANDS. Port-of-Spain came in first with 38 bands but that did not include GREATER PORT-OF-SPAIN. For example, St. James came in with 27 bands and Woodbrook came in with 4 bands. But San Fernando and Tobago like PLENTY PAN – CLEARLY!!!

St James and Belmont might well be considered the HEARTS OF CITY PAN.  St. James now leads with 33 BANDS and Belmont follows with 18 bands.

With 22 bands ARIMA cannot  be left out as a major contributor to the evolution; and with 14 bands SAN JUAN deserves a special mention.

These totals are subject to MAJOR CHANGE once the 93 "TBD" bands get their rightful city or town designation.

It is left to the NEW VISIONARIES in terms of how they choose to organize the groupings.

Thanks to all the contributors!!! And we hope that in a few months time the NEW VISIONARIES can come back to the FORUM with a “QUALITY LIST” to be placed in the archives of the WST FORUM.

[As a lover of CALYPSO it would be nice to see a CALYPSONIAN take this list and compose a nice "TRIBUTE TO STEELBANDS OF THE PAST" calypso.]

THE LIST OF PASSED BANDS

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 Road), (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);  Belle Stars (St. James -- Brieves Road), (WST); Belmont United (Belmont -- Archer Street), (WST/NV); Bescrete Harmonizers, (Arima -- Green Street), (WST); Birdland (Carenage), (WST); Black Rose (St. James ), (WST); 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); Boys from 92nd Street (Port-of-Spain -- Sackville Street), (WST); Boystown (Pt. Cumana), (WST/NV/JdeB); Boystown (Tobago, Speyside) (JdeB); Boystown (Tunapuna), (WST/NV); (BP Serenaders (Tobago -- Canaan), (WST/JdeB); Buccaneers, (TBD), (NV); Burnley (Guapo), (WST/NV/JdeB)

 

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); Coco Boys (La Brea), (JdeB); Concrete Yard (Curepe), (WST/NV); Condor Front Liners, (TBD), (NV); Cooperative Harmony (Sangre Grande -- Cooperative Street), (JdeB); Corregidores (San Juan/Barataria), (WST/NV); Corvette (St. James), (WST);  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), Cross Winds (Santa Cruz -- Cantaro Village), (WST); (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, (TBD), (NV); Del Vikings (St. James), (WST); Dale White's Family and Friends (Arima -- cor. Stephen & Subero Street), (JdeB); Dead End Kids (Tacarigua), (WST); Delphonics, (TBD), (NV), Dem boys (Belmont, Port-of-Spain), (WST); Dem Fascinators (TBD), (WST); Dem Fortunates (Port-of-Spain), (NV); Destination Unknown (San Juan) (WST); Dixicola Pentagons (San Fernando -- Short Street), (WST); Dixie Harps (Tunapuna), (WST/NV/JdeB); Dixie Land (Belmont), (WST/NV/JdeB); Dixie Stars (Woodbrook), (WST); Dolphins Steel Orchestra (Pleasantville, Blitz Village), (JdeB)

 

East Indians (Pasea), (NV/WST); East Side Symphony (Mayaro) (NV);, East Side Symphony (Tobago -- Belle Garden), (NV/JdeB); East Side New Dimension (Tobago, Belle Garden), (JdeB); Eastern Syncopators (Tunapuna), (WST); Ebony, (TBD), (NV); Echo Diamonds, (TBD), (NV), Ekklesic (Arima), (JdeB); Empresarios (Scarborough, Tobago), (WST/NV/JdeB); Enterprise Angel Harps (Enterprise), (JdeB); Esso Stars, (TBD), (NV); Esso Wonderharps, (TBD),  Euphonics (Lake Asphalt), (NV) Euphonics (Roxborough, Tobago), (NV), Euphonic Sounds (Tobago, Scarborough), (JdeB); Express 21 (Laventille -- 80 Old St. Joseph Road), (JdeB)

 

Fantasia (Princess Town), (WST); Fascinators (Port-of-Spain), (NV); Fiery (TBD), (NV); Finland (Arima -- St. Joseph Street), (WST); Finland (San Juan), (WST); Five Graves to Cairo (Laventille), (WST/JdeB); Flamingoes (St John), (WST/NV/JdeB); Four Roads Star Delta (Diego Martin), (NV); Free French (San Fernando), (NV);  Free Town (TBD), (NV); Freedom Steel (St. James), (JdeB);  French Metronomes (San Fernando), (NV); Frenchman Creek (Tunapuna), (NV); Frillibo (TBD), (NV), Ft. George Syncopators (St. James/Cocorite/Ft George), (WST);  Fucsdat (Point Fortin), (JdeB)

 

Gay Caballeros, (TBD), (NV); Gay Crescendos, (TBD); (NV); Gay Hoytonians, (TBD), (NV); Gay Landers, (Arima – Mt. Pleasant Road), (WST); Gay Monarch, (TBD), (NV);  Gay Philadelphians, (TBD), (NV); Gay Symphony, (TBD), (NV); Gem Stars  (Curepe – Southern Main Road), (WST); Girl Pat (Port-of-Spain), (WST/JdeB); Gladiators, (TBD), (NV); GMC (Tobago), (JdeB); Golden Dukes, (TBD), (WST);  Golden Harps (Arima), (WST/NV/JdeB);  Golden Sounds Incorporated, (TBD), (NV);  Gondoliers (Maryatt Street, San Fernando), (NV/JdeB); Gonzales Modernaires, (Gonzales), (NV); Gonzales United, (Gonzales), (NV); Graduates (Arima – 11B Aleong Street), (JdeB); Green Hell (St. James), (WST); Green Eyes (TBD), (NV)

 

Harbour Lights, (TBD), (JdeB); Harlem City, (TBD), (NV);  Harlem Nightingales, (TBD), (WST); Harlem Symphony, (TBD), (NV);  Harmonics (Belmont), (JdeB); Harmonics (Egypt Village), (NV/JdeB); Heineken PanVibes, (Port-of-Spain), (WST); Hellsapoppin, (Port-of-Spain), (WST); Hell Tones, (TBD), (NV);  Hell's Kitchen, (Port-of-Spain), (NV/JdeB); High Larks (Belmont), (JdeB); Highlanders, (Morvant), (WST/JdeB); Highlighters (Penal), (JdeB); Hillside (Tunapuna), (WST); Hillside Symphony (Corner Upper Hillside Street & Carib Street, San Fernando), (JdeB); Hill Sixty, Hill Stars (John John – Picton Road), (WST); Hilites (Maraval), (WST); Hiltones, (TBD), (NV);  Hit Paraders (Port-of-Spain), (WST); Hyccup Ensemble (Tunapuna), (JdeB); Hytonians (Vistabella), (JdeB)

 

Iere Republic Sounds, (TBD), (NV); Imperial Tulips (TBD), (WST/NV)

 

Jadapt (Port-of-Spain – 2-4 Victoria Avenue), (JdeB); Jay Notes (Sangre Grande), (NV); Jazz Cats (Tunapuna), (WST); Jewel 22 (Port-of-Spain), (NV); Joyland Synco, (TBD), (WST); Juveniles (TBD), (NV/JdeB)

 

Kambon, (San Fernando – Pleasant Hill) (JdeB); Katzenjammers (Woodrook), (WST); Kentuckians, (TBD), (NV); Kintups (St. Anns, Port-of-Spain), (WST/NV); Klondike Pan Sounds (Tunapuna), (WST); Klondykes (Barataria), (WST); Kool and the Gang (St. James – 25-27 Benares Street), (JdeB)

 

 

La Lune (Moruga), (WST); Lenningrad (Morvant), (WST); L’il Carib, (TBD), (WST); Lincoln Enterprises (Port-of-Spain), (JdeB); Lucky Jordan (Scarborough, Tobago), (NV); Lunics, (TBD), (NV)

 

Maestros, (San Fernando), (WST); Marabella’s People Music (Marabella) (NV); Maraj Kids (TBD), (WST); Maraval Hilites (Maraval), (NV); Marley Nostalgic Golden Stars, (TBD), (NV); Marsicans (San Juan), (WST); Melodics, (TBD), (NV); Mello Harps (Bethel), (NV); Mello Stars, (TBD), (NV);Mello Tones (Arima), (WST); Melo Tones (TBD), (NV); Melody Makers, (TBD), (NV); Melotones (San Juan – Febeau Village), (WST/NV);  Memories (San Juan – 67 Real Street), (Jdeb); Mercenaries (Toco – Toco main Road), (JdeB); Merry Makers, (Port-of-Spain -- Sackville Street), (WST); Merry Star Metronomes, (Tacarigua), (NV); Metronomes, (TBD), (NV); Mexicanos, (Belmont – Hermitage Road), (WST); Mexitones, (Belmont – Samuel Lane), (WST/NV);  Midland Syncopators, (Tacarigua), (WST); Midlanders, (TBD), (WST/NV); Modern Sounds (St. James), (WST); Modern Stereo Harps (Gasparillo), (NV)); Modern Sunland (TBD), (WST); Modern Years, (TBD), (WST); Modernaires (Belmont/Gonzales), (WST); Modernites (TBD), (NV); Monarchs (Arima – Cocorite Road), (WST);  Moonglow, (TBD), (NV); Moonlight Sonata (TBD), (WST); Morning Stars, (TBD), (NV); Morvant Ebonites (Morvant), (WST/NV/JdeB); Morvant Second Dimension (Morvant), (NV); Motown (San Fernando – Navet Road), (WST/JdeB); Mutineers (Princess Town), (WST)

 

Natural Mystic (Tobago – Patience Hill), (JdeB); New World Symphony, (TBD), (NV); Nestle's Ambassadors (TBD), (WST); Nightingale (Port-of-Spain), (WST/NV); Nightingales (Bourg (TBD), (NV); Nob Hill (St. James), (WST); North Star (Arouca), (NV); North Stars (Diego Martin – Richplain Rd.) (NV); Northern Harmonizers (San Juan), (WST); Northern Symphony (TBD), (NV); Nuclear Symphonettes, (TBD), (NV); Nutrine Playboys (TBD), (NV)

 

(Old Oak) Starlift (Tobago), (WST); Olympia Symphonettes, (TBD), (NV); Olympians (Tobago), (NV); Onset Steel Orchestra (TBD), (NV); Orange Grove Symphony (Orange Grove), (JdeB); Organettes (San Fernando), (NV), Ozone (Mayaro – Ortoire Village), (JdeB)

 

Pan Am North Stars (St. James), (WST/NV/JdeB); Pan Gems (Chaguanas), (JdeB); Pan Glow (San Fernando), (NV); Pan Pipers (Arima), (WST), Panamonics (Belmont), (NV);  Panamonics (Tobago -- Delaford), (JdeB);  Pan Knights (Barataria), (JdeB); Pan Pioneers (St. James -- Harding Place), (WST); Pan Vibes (Port-of-Spain), (WST);  Pandemonium (TBD), (NV); (WST/NV); Pandemonics (St. James -- Bournes Road), (WST/NV); Panorama (Port-of-Spain), (JdeB); Penal Highlighters (Penal), (NV); People's Music (Marabella, (JdeB);  Pepcats (Arouca), (NV); Perfect Cadence (TBD),  (JdeB); Plain Phonics (Diego Martin) (JdeB); Play Boys (TBD), (NV); Players Symphony (Belmont), (JdeB); Poland (Port-of-Spain), (JdeB); Point Cumana Steel Orchestra, (Pt. Cumana), (WST/NV); Power Stars (Port-of-Spain), (WST); Prodigal (Port-of-Spain – Paul Street), (WST); Prodigal Philharmonics (TBD), (NV); Pt. D'or Nightingales (TBD), (NV)

 

QT Minors (San Fernando), (WST)

 

Radix (TBD), (NV); Rebels (Curepe), (WST);  Red Army (Port-of-Spain -- Prince Street), (JdeB); Red River (San Juan), (WST); Rhapsody (Arima -- Malabar Extension), (WST); Rhapsody Rebirth (Tunapuna), (JdeB); Rhythm and Blues (Tacarigua – El Dorado Village), (NV/JdeB); Rhythm Tigers (Tobago), (NV); Rising Sun (Belmont), (WST); Rising Sun (San Fernando -- Jarvis Street), (JdeB); Rochdale (Curepe – Bush Street), (WST); Rogues Regiment (TBD), (NV)

 

Sadiki Sticks on Steel (Diego Martin – Simeon Road), (JdeB); Saigon (Port-of-Spain), (WST/NV); Saint James United (Saint James), (WST); Salome (Port-of-Spain -- Sackville Street), (WST); Samba Boys, (Belmont – Bell Eau Road), (WST); Sando Organetts (San Fernando), (JdeB); Santa Cruz Old Road (San Juan – Santa Cruz Old Road), (JdeB); San Juan All Stars (San Juan), (WST); Savoys, (Laventille), (WST/NV/JdeB); Satisfiers (TBD), (WST/NV/JdeB); Scarlet Symphony, (San Fernando), (WST/NV/JdeB); Scarlet 29 Incorporated, (TBD), (NV); Schlumbergers,(TBD), (NV); Second Dimension (Morvant), (WST); Second Fiddle (Port-of-Spain), (WST); Sea Bees, (San Fernando), (WST/NV/JdeB); Ship Mate (St. James); (WST); Silhouettes, (San Fernando), (WST/NV/JdeB); Silver Harps (Cedros), (WST); Silver Harps (Point Fortin – Salazar Trace), (JdeB); Silver Harps (Port-of-Spain – Oxford Street), (NV); Silver Harps (Sangre Grande), (WST/NV); Silver Tones, (San Fernando), (WST/NV/JdeB); Silver Tones (Sangre Grande), (NV); (Texaco) Sky Chief  (Tobago), (WST/NV); Siparia Pan Patriots (Siparia – Well Road), (JdeB); Skylarks, (Belmont), (WST/NV) Small Town, (Point Cumana), (WST/NV); Soul City (Cascade), (NV); Sounds 2004 (TBD), (NV); South Stars, (San Fernando), (WST/NV); Southern All Stars (Carib Street, San Fernando), (WST/JdeB); Southern Melotones (San Fernando), (WST/NV); Southern Fascinators (San Fernando), (NV); Southern Symphony (San Fernando), (WST/NV); Southernites (Santa Flora), (NV/JdeB); Southland Symphony (San Fernando – Sutton Street), (JdeB); Spellbound (Carenage – 27 Haig Street), (WST/JdeB); Spike Jones, (Laventille), (WST); Sputalis, (TBD), (NV); Sputnics (Carenage), (WST); Sputniks (Port-of-Spain – Charlotte Street), (WST); Sputniks ( Tobago -- Les Coteaux), (NV); Sputnik Stars, (Port-of-Spain – Duke Street), (WST); St. Anns All Stars (St. Anns), (JdeB); St. James Syncopators, (St. James), (WST); Stackpole, (TBD), (NV); Stalingrad, (Tunapuna), (WST); Stardelters, (TBD), (NV); Starland, (Port-of-Spain – St.Vincent St.) (WST/NV); Stardust, (Morvant – Taporite Street), (WST); Starlift (Canaan), (NV); Starlift (Gasparillo), (NV); Starlets (TBD), (NV); Starliters (San Juan), (WST); Starniks (St. James – Finland Street), (NV) Starnicks (Carenage), (WST); Staronettes Steel Orchestra (Laventille – Batson Place), (WST); Steel Stylers, (Arima – Lawrence Park), (WST/NV); Stepyard, (Belmont), (WST/NV); Stereophonics, (TBD), (WST/NV); Stereotones, (TBD), (NV); Stromboli (Belmont – Belmont Valley Road), (WST); Sun Valley (St. James), (WST/NV); Sun Valley (St. James), (WST/NV); Sundown Fascinators, (Petit Bourg -- Bushe Street), (WST); Sundowners (San Fernando -- Panco Lane), (WST/NV); Sundowners (Petit Bourg – Hollis Street), (WST); Sunland (Belmont- 21B Erthig Road), (WST/NV); Sunland (Tunapuna), (WST); Sunsetters Coryal, (TBD), (NV); Supersonics (La Brea), (WST/NV); Supertones (Canaan), (NV); Survival (TBD), (WST/NV); Syatdust (TBD), (NV); Symphonettes (Woodbrook/St. James – Benares Street), (WST/NV);  Symphony Stars (Scarborough), (NV); Synconettes, (TBD), (NV);  Synconites (TBD), (NV); Syncopators, (TBD), (NV)

 

Teenage Serenaders (Morvant – Morvant Avenue) (WST/NV); Teenage Serenaders, (Tobago – Mt. St George), (JdeB); Teenage Symphony, (San Fernando), (WST/NV); Teen Stars (Arima – Green Street), (WST); Tell Stars (San Juan – Prizgar Rd.), (WST); The Original Melo Harps (Port-of-Spain -- Sackville Street), (WST); Third Dimension, (TBD), (NV); Third World, (St. James), (WST/NV/JdeB); Third World Symphony, (San Juan), (WST); Thunder Birds, (Arima – Mt. Pleasant Rd.), (WST); Tobago All Stars (Scarborough,Tobago), (NV/JdeB);Today's Youth Funky, (TBD), (NV); Tombstone, (TBD), (NV);Torrid Zone (Morvant), (WST); Trinidad Symphony (San Juan), (WST/NV); Tripoli (St. James), (WST/NV/JdeB); Tropical Harmony (Arima - Calcutta Street), (WST); Tropical Harmony,(San Fernando), (NV); Tropical Harmony (Tunapuna), (WST/NV); Tropical Melody, (TBD), (NV/JdeB); Tropicana (TBD), (WST); Tropitones (Woodbrook), (WST); Trutones (Princess Town), (WST/NV); Tunapuna All Stars (Tunapuna), (WST/NV)

U Drum Phonics (St. James), (WST)

 

Valentino (TBD), (WST); Valley Harps (TBD), (NV); Vibratones, (TBD), (NV); Vigilantes, (TBD), (NV); Volleywyvkers (Mt. St. Benedict), (NV)

 

Wake Island, (Arouca), (NV); Water Front, (Arima – Queen Street), (WST); West Side Symphony, (St. James -- Brunton Road), (WST/NV); West Stars (San Fernando), (WST/NV); West Stars (Texaco), (St. James), (WST); Western Philharmonics, (St. James), (NV);  Western Serenaders (Tobago), (WST); Western Stars, (Port-of-Spain), (NV); Western Symphony (St. James), (WST); White Stars (Port-of-Spain -- The Girl's Industrial School), (WST); Wild Cats, (TBD), (NV); Wild Cats (Tesoro), (TBD), (NV); Williamsville Highliters,  (Williamsville) (NV); Winside Sound Groove, (St. James – Synand Valley Road), (NV/JdeB)); Wonder Boys (Tobago), (NV/JdeB); Wonder Harps, (St. James -- Mathura Street), (WST/NV);  Wonderland (Belmont) (WST); Wonderland (Chaguanas), (NV); Woodpeckers (Tobago), (WST/NV/JdeB)

 

Young Sun-Vallians, (St. James), (WST); Youth Stars (Port-of-Spain -- Sackville Street), (NV)

  

Zone Stars (Port-of-Spain), (WST)

 

3RD World Symphony (St. James), (WST)

 

 

 

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Well done Claude this report took time patience energy and love of our National Instrument. Keep up the good work and I nominate you a true Pan Historian.

Agreed, much respect in compiling the data. Hopefully this exercise can generate more community PRIDE and encourage greater SUPPORT in the movement for CHANGE. Knowledge is POWER.

.YES! Everybody came together for this project. So clearly the WILL to SUPPORT is there.

Wonder Harps were from Mathura Street,St.James.I grew up right opposite to their panyard.

Likes this. Well done, and very important. Needs to be documented.

Outstanding work Claude. And big-up to all the folks who contributed their memories to this venture,

 Crosswinds from Cantaro village..Santa Cruz...needs to be included

Added ED!!!

Finland - St Joseph St. Arima

Tropical Harmony - Calcutta St. Arima

Rhapsody - Malabar Extension, Arima

Keep going Claude,if yuh get tired ah go send yuh some pacroo water and sea moss.

Mr. Oswald!!!

The St Joseph bridge take nine years to buil[d]

If you pass yuh could see it builing still ....

Like yuh want to give me ah lifetime WUK or what?

West Side Symphony from Brunton Road, ST James

Bede: I made the change. You know all this PAN TALK from CECIL and the man only give meh ONE BAND!

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