The History of SteelPan Timeline - Steelband History 1930s



1930 - 1939 Steelband Timeline
  • Winston “Spree” Simon was born in 1930, Rose Hill, East Dry River, Trinidad
  • Sterling Betancourt - born 30 March, Laventille; member of Tripoli and Hells Kitchen; 1942/1946 - formed St. James Crossfire, becoming pan tuner and arranger for that band; 1947/1951 sent to UK with TASPO in 1951
  • Anthony “Tony” Williams is born 24 June in St. James, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  • Outright banning of African drums by the British colonists
  • Tamboo Bamboo replaces outlawed African drums as main musical medium
    • “boom” for low tones
    • “foule” or “buller” for mid-range
    • “cutter” for counterpoint/lead
  • Tamboo Bamboo banned
  • Gonzales Tamboo-Bamboo Band introduces the first type of “bass pan”
  • Bertie Marshall  Bertram Lloyd Marshall - Bertie Marshall was born 6 February 1936 at 16 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Clive Bradley was born in Diego Martin, Trinidad, 1936
  • Alexander Ford establishes The Alexander Ragtime Band
  • Sweet-oil pans, dust bins, biscuit pans: convex-shape
  • Sticks without rubber
  • St. Lucia - August 18 - Augustus 'Pan' Andrew one of the most significant figures in the history of Pan in St. Lucia
  • Steelband competition held at Queen’s Park Oval
    • Alexander Rag Time Band (winner)
    • Hell Ward
    • Second Eleven
  • Lincoln "Delgado" Noel, master tuner - also known as the "Pan Doctor" was born in La Brea, San Fernando south Trinidad on the 26th October, 1938  
  • World War II (1939-1945)
    • Carnival suspended
    • Bands parade “illegally”
  • 3-note ping-pong introduced
  • Mikey Enoch, iconic New York steelpan tuner was born on February 7, 1939 in the village of Tunapuna, Trinidad, West Indies

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When Steel Talks /  -- News Sources -- Interviews; 1973-present
Pan Magazine - Vol,1,2,3 - 1985-1988 - Les Slater - Dalton Narine
Steelband: Professor Gage Averill, Rise of the Steelband: Carnival Music pg. 44-52
Forty Years in the Steelbands 1939-1979: George “Sonny” Goddard 1991 Karia Press
International Conference on Pan, The Steelband - Musical Miracle of the Twentieth Century: Teddy Belgrave
Voices From the Hills, 1987: Ancil Anthony Neil
Soul of Pan: Trevor Belmosa, 1989, Servol Printing Service, Port of Spain Trinidad WI
Steelband - The Music of Trinidad & Tobago
** UK Daily Mirror, September 23, 1965, p. 7
Steelbands of New York - 1985 - Doris Green


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