During the 1960's and 1970's even into the 1980's, "South" steelbands had a distinct sound.
In the days when I played with steelbands like Scarlet Symphony of Marabella and Silvertones of San Fernando, you could easily distinguish a "south" band from a "town" (northern region) band just by the sound.
Today, of course arrangers and panists are interchangeable, and bands for the most part have lost that distinct regional sound.
This bouncy 1986 arrangement of the 1986 Lord Kitchener classic remains one of my favorite arrangements by the Ken"Professor" Philmore and Fonclaire Steel Orchestra combine.
it also reminds me of the "South Band Sound" of the nineteen sixties and seventies as arranged by the likes of Lennox "Bobby" Mohammed, Steve Achaiba and Milton "Wire" Austin.
Back then the bands had regional sounds, before they started using the same arrangers and tuners, as they do today.
I was recently informed from the source that the bass arrangements were done by Milton Wire Austin " himself , while Professor did the front line arrangements.
That's where that "South band" sound came from , and no wonder since Wire is a veteran San Fernando panman and arranger from way back..
This arrangement of Kitch's "Pan here to Stay" earned third place in the competition.