Officials of the legendary Woodbrook-based conventional steel orchestra CAL Invaders have announced what surely promises to be an exciting week of activities this September, to commemorate the celebrated music outfit’s 75th Anniversary.

On August 10, the management of Invaders unveiled plans to mark the band’s birthday at a media conference held at its Tragarate Road panyard. The series will begin with an exhibition on September 18, followed by an awards ceremony two days later and culminates with a Jouvert Jump Up on Republic Day (September 24).

Arguably one of the world oldest steel orchestras, the announcement that a book titled The Invaders Steel Orchestra: The History of A Legendary Steelband, will be published, too, was ideal.

Written by Dr Jeannine Remy, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies Department of Creative and Festival Arts and US-based calypso historian Ray Funk, the duo spent over a decade interviewing and documenting elders, management and players of the band and collected numerous photographs in order to produce a comprehensive and accurate account of the band’s history.

Added to that a five-day exhibition will be mounted offering the public unique insights into Invaders over the past seven-and-a-half decades.

“We plan to complement the exhibition with a mini steelband performance and a symposium,” said Elizabeth Namsoo, chairman of the steering committee.

“The focus of the symposium will be on the effects of the influx of academically qualified pannists into the existing system.”

Sponsors for the Diamond Jubilee week are Caribbean Airlines, the Ministry of Tourism, Tropical Tent Rental, Shell Trinidad Ltd, Petrotrin, Fair Chance Racing Services, National Flour Mills, Jimmy Aboud and Eximbank.

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