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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.

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Comment by paddy corea on May 9, 2015 at 8:17am

We could clear up some of the controversy. Ellie Mannette, Tony Williams, Boots Davidson, Sterling Betancourt are all STILL ALIVE. They could shed some light on who did what. The vocalist has a bajan accent could be Griffith. My suspicion who the soloist or soloists might be ??  Dudley Smith  or Theo Stevens entirely because of the playing style... PADDY COREA

Comment by (Oscar) Mark Roberts on May 7, 2015 at 8:51pm

Much thanks.

Comment by Andre-Roger Dellevi on May 7, 2015 at 5:15pm

Ambassadors of we culture!!!  Historic...

Comment by Don Prorak on April 9, 2013 at 1:51pm

I'm guessing, but the pan soloist could be Theo Stephens. I've heard him on some of the Cook recordings - incredible player! He rarely gets mentioned among the pioneers.

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on April 9, 2013 at 12:16am

The legendary Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra. ( T.A.S.P.O.). They definitely made musical history in Britain in 1951 !

Comment by terry on July 2, 2012 at 12:24pm

Michael, see Glenroy's March 23,2012 8:59 comment below. OK?

Comment by Michael Murrell on July 2, 2012 at 11:26am

GRJ, I,ll like to know who,s the Person doing the solos

Comment by paddy corea on March 24, 2012 at 8:36am

another bit of (pan related) history. Kitch recorded most of his work in England for Melodisc (I think) The producer was Ziggy Jackson (later I worked with  and recorded for Ziggy via Blue Rivers and the Maroons he was also our manager)  The Trumpet/Flugelhorn player of many if not most of Kitch's stuff was Ellsworth " Shake Keane",  a legendary Vinci  (jazz) horn man. (see Kurt Edelhagen orchestra (Germany)   The Kitchener recordings eventually went to Polydor Records after Ziggy's death.Thanks  paddy corea

Comment by Michaele on March 23, 2012 at 10:36pm


Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on March 23, 2012 at 10:29pm

Paddy, It is a most interesting bit of pan history that the steel band was started in St Vincent because a steelband from Trinidad sold their pans to buy passage home.

I wonder if something like this happened anywhere else?

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