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Southern Marines and its social compact

Southern Marines and its social compact

Marabella-based Southern Marines Steelband Foundation is reputed to be one of the oldest steel orchestras in south Trinidad (and Tobago). Its longevity is linked to a quality that many take for granted…its innate sense of community. Southern Marines became famous for...
The many moods of Phase One

The many moods of Phase One

Phase One Steel Orchestra was founded in 1978 by Victor Phillip. At the start, however, Broad Heath School Steel Band was the given name and scores of children from other schools were eager to join. Citing the widespread interest, came the name change: something less...
Uni Stars on the rise

Uni Stars on the rise

While Laventille-based Uni Stars Steel Orchestra is still on the hustings for a major competition title, the band is clearly on route to becoming a household name. Hailing from the corners of McAllister Street and Old St Joseph Road, Laventille, the leadership of the...
Defence Force Steel Orchestra rules

Defence Force Steel Orchestra rules

The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra (TTDFSO) is one of the most dynamic music performing outfits of its kind and the world knows it. It is a specialised military band that is part of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force family, with roots tied to...
“The People’s Band,” Afropan Steelband

“The People’s Band,” Afropan Steelband

Afropan Steelband, fondly referred to as “the people’s band” is Toronto, Canada’s oldest and most successful of its kind. The pioneers of Afropan,-an intimate group of pannists from Trinidad – got together in Toronto as early as 1970. It was not until 1973,...