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Mangrove Steelband is one of the most prominent steel orchestras in Europe and is commonly known as “The People’s Choice”.
Formed in 1980 on All Saints Road in Notting Hill, Mangrove started as a ‘Pan Round Neck’ band of the traditional type. Since then they have developed a reputation for musical excellence and professionalism.
The Band was born out of the vision and determination of Trinidadians living in the Notting Hill area in a quest to introduce the culture of the Steelband and Carnival culture to the local youths of their community, thus ensuring that the Caribbean art forms were passed/handed down from generation to generation.
A core element of fifteen dedicated players rehearse and perform throughout the year. During the summer months this figure swells to seventy five as the band prepares to participate at the UK National Panorama Competition – a title they have captured eight times.
With a wide repertoire they have performed at a diversity of prestigious venues and events around the world. They are no strangers to high profile performances as the band has appeared in front of an array of distinguished guests including HRH the Queen, international royalty and heads of states.
Mangrove Steel band provides classes at their pan yard base at Carnival Village @The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY. Students follow a progressive programme of basic technical skills, steel pan repertoire and history, aural training and musicianship, improvisation and performance.
Andre White has again been appointed Arranger for the band as they enter the 2014 UK National Panorama competition with their rendition of Famer Nappy’s “Big People’s Party”. As well as having the distinction of being the band’s youngest Panorama arranger, 2014 sees him firmly establish himself as the orchestra’s longest serving.