Golden Hands celebrated its 27th anniversary on July 7th 2020.
It has been sculpting its own niche in the steelpan arts landscape and along the way has amassed numerous accolades.
It’s a major triumphant for founder and artistic director Franka Hills-Headley. Registered as a non-profit organisation the music outfit based in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, fields an ambitious group of young, enthusiastic creatives.
With holistic development of emerging and accomplished musicians as its centre-piece, its leadership places specific emphasis on the national musical instrument.
Team Golden Hands has made the Biennial Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival its playground. Over the years, the band amassed an estimated 40 trophies at the celebrated event.
While citizens of Trinidad and Tobago were gearing up to toast the country’s 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012, musicians under the Golden Hands banner were preparing to usher in the milestone in its own special way.
Hills-Headley and her team captured 15 awards – seven were Adjudicators Awards – including the President’s Award for Best Overall Performer.
Golden Hands has been a blessing on the musical landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. With vibrant Panorama performances at the National Junior Panorama and the Small Band categories.
Its rich musical contributions have also been heard at the World Steelband Music Festival and the National Junior Steelband Music Festival.
Vanessa Alexandra Headley is the young talented arranger for the band. She started performing at age four. At 14, she made her arranging mark. She placed first in the Caribbean in the 2004 Caribbean Secondary Schools Examinations. Now a graduate of The University of The West Indies, she appeared in the Berklee College of Music All Star Band in the 2011. The five-week Summer Program is a scholarship to study at this premier college.
Golden Hands has the unique honour of fielding members who are all musically literate: eight of whom have already pursued and completed tertiary level music studies.
Jonathan Grant and Daron Roberts are two recognized musicians in the Golden Hands camp. Each were recipients of National Youth Award (16-19) in the category of music. They also earned the Adjudicators’ Awards as Most Outstanding Soloists in the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival.
These pristine credentials made the band a choice pick for ambassadorial duty and Golden Hands has proudly represented the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the music world at home and abroad. From the U.S.A., Dominica, Martinique and Antigua, the band has spread the gospel of the steelpan, and facilitated steelpan clinics and workshops on these tours.
With three CD recordings to its name, the band has also taken on the role of promoter over the years.
Morning Medley is the title given to its signature presentation, which began more than 10 years ago. Family and friends turn out to support the Golden Hands to enjoy a traditional Trini breakfast, under the famous Sapodilla Tree. Contributions go towards nourishing a new generation of musicians under the Golden Hands banner.