North pan prelims in “De Savannah”

Preliminary action in the National Panorama competition series conceptualised and produced by Pan Trinbago began in earnest on Friday at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, with northern region bands attached to the security services setting the standard for the presentation. The T&T Fire Services with its Terrence “BJ” Marcelle arrangement of Austin “Super Blue” […]

Invaders to toast 75 anniversary in style

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 […]

Relive the magic of Panorama

This year’s mesmerizing steelbands’ performances at the National Panorama Medium & Large Conventional Finals are captured “live” on both CD and DVD.The two are collections of the finalists in the Medium and Large Conventional Band categories as they performed “live” at the National Panorama Finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad.While the […]

Laventille Steelband Festival
Community service through music

Initiate a conversation with Michael Cooper, Chairman of the Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation (LSFF), and two things will quickly become obvious. The first is the importance of the Laventille community in the work of the Foundation; the second is his love for Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument, the steelpan. “We try to do events in […]

Farewell to a titan: RIP Junior Pouchet

Silver Stars Steelband founder Edgar “Junior” Pouchet has died.He passed away in his sleep early Saturday morning at his Orlando, Florida, USA home, at age 75.A former St Mary’s College pupil, Pouchet founded the Silver Stars Steelband in the 1950s with a nucleus of players from St Mary’s and Queen’s Royal Colleges.He led the steelband to […]