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The talk had been spreading for months. Ron Berridge, the former trumpet player for the Clarence Curvan Orchestra, was forming a super group made up of some of the best musicians in the land.Included were such music stalwarts as Roy Cape on alto saxophone, the man we knew as "Oxley" on trombone, the Berridge brothers on trumpets, and a quirky guitarist from south called Earl Lezama.The rhythm was anchored by "Toby" Tobias on drums and master bassist Conrad Little.Even the conga player, Terry…See More
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The Champion Steelbands of Trinidad (Cook 1957) Featuring Southern All Stars

"I was present at Roxy theatre when Theo Stephens unleashed his solo ramaje while the band was playing Anna. I remember the crowd erupting in wild cheers, because it was probably the first time a large audience had heard such a virtuoso performance…"
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The steelband flag woman in the early years.

I've always felt that the story of the steelband flag woman was more a creation of our beloved calypso legend, the late Lord Kitchener, than reality.True, there were flag women in the early days of the steelband, but these women were in the minority, since the majority of flag bearers were men.As a matter of fact I recall the flag bearer had a special role in the band as standard bearer for the band, and , much like the "fireman" dance , the flag bearer had a distinctive flag waving, dance…See More
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"To add to the mix.   The Influence of the Tassa on the Making of the Steelband: The East Indian contribution to the Trinidad Carnival"
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At 2:12pm on November 30, 2017, John Leonhardt said…

Looking for some missing lyrics on Maestros' song Champion of De Road.....how's your knowledge??

At 2:40am on March 7, 2016, Ajamu Nyomba said…

Greetings Glenroy. I was looking for a video of an interview with Oscar Pile which you posted in 2010 and another on steelband clashes, but they're no longer available on WST. Do you have these? Are you willing to share? Also, for a while I have been trying to source Stalin's "Whey I Band." Do you have that?

I looked at some of your impressive(477) video postings and postings on pan and calypso. One word: Awesome!

About the origins of pan, I agree that the North -South dichotomy is overplayed. I am from Egypt-Caledonia, born and bred Harmonites, but I spent some time in Central T'dad--Chaguanas, Freeport, Orange Field Rd., Carapichima and in Marabella (I am related in some way to Burton Forde, who managed Johnny DePieza) in the early '60s and I remember steelbands in those areas. In 1996 I interviewed Humphrey Reefer in Point. He took me to the beach site where he claimed pan was born!! Then there is the story of pan in Tacarigua and the Orisha influence. My mother was a Shango-Baptist.  I remember her running around with Francis Bedeau (sp) who was and Orisha and a great drummer!!

Will like to communicate with you outside of WST. I consider myself a panactivist and I am on the case.




At 6:02pm on October 25, 2015, Orville DeVlugt said…

My dear friend Glenroy, I am so glad that you are back, I have made several inquiries about your recovery progress but did not receive any info. Yes I too have been a fan of your favorite dance band Clarence Curvan, and the other great bands you know them all back in the era. As you know that the Dutchy Brothers had great pleasure in joining them all on stage in non-stop dances. I need to know how to communicate with you on a personal note of the air ways. Thanks for keeping me updated with all the great talent on WSLT.

Orville Dutchy DeVlugt

At 3:26pm on July 19, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Glenroy; my hat's off to U again brother, that All Stars Rain-o-rama, music arrangement was well done, the piece was well balanced, a clear front line where U hear and can distinguish the melody all the way through, as the middle and background accompanied the front line was also well done, as all required musical arrangement, apart from Pan Am North Stars in the 1960s, All Stars Rain-o-rama, and Starlift Do Do Yeah Meah, is the best balance panorama I've heard from 1973  thru 2015, apart from Pan Am North Stars that is, of course I'm prejudice lol...

At 1:18am on July 19, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Glenroy U ole fox, I taught Anthony Williams and I was the only one's who still has those recording's, my hat off to U man, Williams and I played on that recording, along with 4 other surviving North Stars members, a collectors item cherish it forever man...

At 10:34pm on July 17, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Yes Glenroy; Williams derive the 4ths & 5ths in 1949/50 while in Young Sunvallians, before they started Northern Stars, when Sunvallians broke up, the mobile unit derived from an idea Williams had when he became leader of St James North Stars in 1952, with double seconds, double and triple cellos, high bass, bass, and low bass, for a full conventional orchestration, the stage side was not doin to well though, the men prefered gambling at night, instead of rehearsing, but it was only at carnival time things was a different, he tried in 1954/55, but succeeded in 1956 with "pram wheels", then bicycle wheels, and in 1959 wheel barrow wheels, the racks started in 1957, and was completed  in 1959 with 4,5, and 6 set basses, yeap Glenroy the mobile unit was Williams baby...

At 8:12pm on July 17, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Pan has been in "Orbit" since the mid 1990s, as a result of abuse by "Pan Trinbago" to "Panmen/ Women, the pan tuners are not tuning the pans correctly any more, they're using what they called "Harmonics, when the word is Harmonic Tuning," which is for string instruments, WHERE "PAN" IS NOT A STRING INSTRUMENT, that alone put them way out in ORBIT, in some astronomical unit past Uranus and Saturn, they let some "White" Physicist named Ulf Korfman derailed/distract them from there plight to greatness, and the arrangers are not listening, thinking or balancing there music, instead the are recycling each others music, and not goin anywhere, there kyes the "Trajectory"...

At 7:31pm on July 17, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Glenroy; I almost forgot, I met Nerlin Taitt in 1963 while in Jamaica on tour with Pan Am North Stars, "Tony" Williams introduce me to him, where they had played at the "Roxy Theater" when Taitt won the ping pong soloist in 1956 with a tune called "Off Shore", what clear "Dexterity/both hands" as a "Guitarist and Panist he had, said Williams...

At 7:17pm on July 17, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

Keep e'm coming Glenroy; I'm just lookin and listening, UR doin great...

At 2:57pm on July 15, 2015, Juanitto Jordano Jorda'ninho said…

How True Glenroy; an International Pan Festival would have been more appropriate, where this IPC was a CAMOUFLAGE by the REGIME to side track "pan men/women," from the real issue at hand, their existance in office, I saw "DIAZ" on T V this morning talking about " the Standardization and Development of Pan", he is of the opinion or think pan men are stupid, and no one out there is watching him, but he will soon find out that, "pan has already been standardize and developed", and no foreign band is going to beat a "Trini Band" in this IPC, unless Pan Trinbago want's it so, and if that happens, it will undermine the original "Panorama", and "All Hell will Break loose"...

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I grew up in Marabella, Trinidad and left in 1968 for St Croix USVI. As a youth in Trini, I was a member of the Scarlet Symphony steel orchestra which was an offshoot of the famed Marabella steelband, Southern Marines.

We also started a combo called Silhouettes combo, which had some success in Trini back in the day

I also beat pan with WASA Silvertones, a popular Sando band of the late sixties and early seventies. . I was also a member of a band we formed in St croix until I left to join the US army in'71.
Looking back, some of the most enjoyable times of my life were the times spent in steelbands.

I now live in Londonderry NH, USA but I'm a true culture lover, and I've been posting my collection of pan and calypso videos and records on YouTube and on WST as time permits.


Check out my channel on YouTube.

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Why I support Pan Trinbago’s Tobago initiative , and other thoughts

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

I happen to believe that the steelband is our most valuable cultural asset , capable of attracting foreign tourists to Trinidad and Tobago to experience the best steelband environment in the world , and even capable of encouraging them to consider purchasing a pan from the world's best steelpan makers on their departure.
Since Panorama is the major focus of steelbands today , such an…

Further thoughts about steelband mobility

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 10:49am 9 Comments

My comments about my enjoyment of the recent steelband parades have been misinterpreted as an endorsement of steelbands on trucks , so I wish to further clarify my thoughts, to clear up any misunderstandings.


Now , I fully appreciate why it's done , but I don't like steelbands on trucks.

Like I've said many times, I think something about the steelband vibration is lost , with the distance created between the steelband , the natural environment , and the…


Steelband "pandemonium" is not just about pan people , it is about All of us !

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

The mistake we are making , my friends is assuming that the problems facing the steelbands of T&T are pan people’s problems , but they are much more than that.

The problems are societal , and about national identity , culture ,vision and even more.

Trinidadians have not yet recognized that in a failing economy , an emphasis on culture and tourism will become a most important part of the nation's economic security.

Many Trinidadians have been reluctant to appreciate…


Andy Narell's New DVD- he's definitely got the jumbie!

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 2:30pm 6 Comments

I received Andy Narell's new DVD in the mail, and I couldn't wait to check it out.

Costing less than $20.00, this DVD is a bargain.

I expected a quality product from Mr Narell, And I wasn't disappointed.

Firstly, I must  be brutally honest.

I was never a big Andy Narell fan. He's good , I knew that, and I've supported his music, but I really didn't know where he was coming from.

I just couldn't relate to him as I could to Professor, or Boogie or…


Meet musician, band leader, panist and Trinidad cultural icon, Clarence Curvan

Posted on October 25, 2011 at 12:30am 6 Comments

Clarence Curvan

Clarence Curvan was one of the top Trinidadian musicians / bandleaders to emerge from the Caribbean in the nineteen sixties.

As the post war generation came of age, a fresh new sound of music emerged in Trinidad, and the Clarence Curvan Orchestra, featuring Clarence on drums was at the forefront of that musical revolution.


Clarence Curvan was born in Port of Spain, and grew up on St Vincent street a stone's throw from the Old Brigade calypso tent,…


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