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TASPO | Sterling Betancourt | The 1951 Festival of Britain

Sterling Betancourt MBE talks about his experience of performing at the 1951 Festival of Britain with Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra.

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Comment by Mr Claire Charles on April 9, 2013 at 5:04pm
Nice pan history
Comment by terry on January 26, 2012 at 4:16pm

 A 7" 4-track recording exists: Trinidad All Steel Percussion Band (1951) JEP 3011.

Tracks are:

Go Way Gal

Coolie Man's House



I am still trying to acquire this item.


Comment by Ann on January 26, 2012 at 2:06pm

Looking good Sterling!!

Comment by Megan Francis Carrington on January 26, 2012 at 11:36am

Great history of pan.

Comment by Rum-Pan on January 26, 2012 at 7:07am

Great historical-reportage. So many Thanks,also!!!!

Comment by Willelmina Joseph-Loewenthal on January 26, 2012 at 5:38am

I loved watching this.  Thanks!

Comment by Michaele on January 25, 2012 at 6:28pm

WOW ! 

Thanks !

Comment by Ian Franklin on October 8, 2011 at 2:30pm

Can someone educate me as to who from the players of T.A.S.P.O. were not or never became a pan tuner.

The three remaining members, Mr. Sterling Betancourt, Mr. Anthony Williams and Mr. Ellie Mannette                 are all known pan tuners. I knew that Mr. Winston "Spree" Simon and Mr. THeo Stephens were tuners.     

Were the following members also tuners?

Mr. Belgrave Bonaparte, Mr. Philmore "Boots" Davidson, Mr. De Andrew "Pan" Labastide,                             Mr. Orman "Patsy" Haynes and Mr. DudleySmith. Please respond to my E. Mail (laventl@aol.com) Thanks

Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on October 8, 2011 at 1:11pm
Whilst these performances by TASPO  in 1951 at the Festival of Britian was magnificent and Ground Breaking , I would like to draw your attention by an article written by John Schmidt on the site " Welcome to e Caroh Caribbean Emporium " in which he states that he acquired recordings of the Casablanca SteelBand done in Trinidad in1947 and that some of these players performed at the West Indian Day Parade in NY USA in 1947 . It's a very interesting article so check it out for it indicates that recordings of Steel Bands were done from the early 1940's . Thanks .
Comment by Steve "Carter" K. on October 5, 2011 at 11:34am
GRJ . Please post the music of TASPO as many of us are anxious to hear them play . TASPO's performance in Britain was a Major Highlight in the development of Pan and Pan Music . Thanks

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