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Here some selections from the historic TASPO steel band that attended the Festival of Britain in 1951.
These are the eleven members chosen to attend the festival (Courtesy Pan- Jumbie.com) .
Theo Stephens from Free French – San Fernando
Belgrave Bonaparte from Southern Symphony – La Brea
Andrew De Labistide from Chicago – East Dry River (Port of Spain)
Philmore Davidson from Syncopators (later became City Syncopators)
– Quarry Street (Port of Spain)
Patsy Orman Haynes from Casablanca – East Dry River (Port of Spain)
Winston “Spree” Simon from Tokyo – East Dry River (Port of Spain)
Dudley Smith from Rising Sun in Belmont
Ellie Mannette From Invaders in Woodbrook
Sterling Betancourt from Crossfire
Granville Sealey from Tripoli
Anthony Williams from North Stars
the latter three bands from St. James.
According to Pan Jumbie, Granville Sealy did not make the trip.
Sonny Roach from Sun Valley was on the team but got ill in Martinique and returned home.
The players on this album, which also included a saxophone and vocalist are not identified in the liner notes.
However, according to Pan Historian Kim Johnson, the saxophonist and vocalist was Lieut Joseph Nathaniel Griffiths, musical director of the band.
The 45 rpm album was produced in England by Collector Records.
Thank you, Terry for sharing this historic recording with us, and thank you Pan Jumbie for the wealth of steelband related information on your web site.