Records by the late Panist, arranger and
educator STEVE ACHAIBA
First person to win a National Panorama
both as a player and arranger
1968 - Played in Guinness Cavaliers
under Lennox “Bobby” Mohammed
1975 – Leader
and arranger of Maritime Life Hatters Steel orchestra
- In 1974 Hatters was the first band to appear on stage with
canopies on the floats. This captured the sound from the
- Largest steel orchestra to cross the “Big Yard” (Queen’s
Park Savannah) with 172 players (156 pan players and 16 rhythm
players) and win the National Panorama for the Southland.
- To this date, no steel orchestra from South
has won the National Panorama. 2019 would make it 44 years since
South won a National Panorama.
- In 1974 Hatters was the first band to arrange other pans
besides the tenor pan in the frontline. (Steve Achaiba arranged double tenors and double seconds in order to hear
harmonizations which created a melodious balance.
Data sourced by When Steel Talks from Mrs. Candace Achaiba - (February