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The Members of the 2nd National Steel Orch. who represented our Country at the Expo 67 in Canada .
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Probably Steve Regis could shed some light on this . I remember some time around 1965/66 Mr. Conrad Hunte the West Indies Star opening Batsman was the Manager of a Band which went to USA , Las Vegas I believe and on their return they all came to the Methodist Primary School which is next to where our Band Texaco West Stars was and told us all about their tour . I remember them saying they thought that going to the USA would have included " Wine , Women and Song " along with their performances but having a Manager like Mr Hunte they were given lessons on their Mission which was to be Cultural Ambassadors of T+T and Disciplined Musicians which would reflect on them as Pioneers of the SteelBand . I also remember the name "Rearmament Committee or Organization " which had some thing to do with this Band's visit then . So I am not sure if this was the National SteelBand or some other Band . Any one who has knowledge of what I have said here please add to it . Thanks .
Michael this is a photo of the 2nd National Steel Orch . I got the photo from Pantrinbago office South and the Names from the North office .
This is not exactly the Original National Steel Band this was the band that went to Expo 67 Montreal.
The original band: Junior Pouchet, Hugh Borde ,Earl Rodney, Clifford Alexis, Lennox "Ranger Glean", Aldwin "Madman Jordan", Rudolph "Natty" Johnson, Robert Greenidge and more. To be continued
If this is the original TASPO 2, I think they were originally scheduled to go to FLORIDA/Miami, but the trip was cancelled due to a hurricane that hit Florida.
Forty five years later (and 51 years after TASPO wowed England), we still do not have a genuine National Trinidad and Tobago Steel Orchestra touring the world and spreading the T&T BRAND. I suggest that this should be a top priority for PANTRINBAGO. Set a target date Keith and company, if you haven't done so yet and negotiate and agitate for it to happen.
Another piece of our rich Pan History . Please add the Bands the Players represented . #3 - Steve Regis front row and #17 Raphael Passey ( Rayfee) back row are brothers who represented Texaco West Stars and Fonclaire respectively . This I believe may have been the first and probably the only time that 2 brothers were in the National Steel Band at the same time as reps of different Bands .
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