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Pan on d’Avenue VI Is On! - Steelbands On Parade

Woodbrook-St. James Community Association logo

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - “In celebration of the Anniversary of our Independence and in recognition of our National Instrument, the Steel Pan, The Woodbrook/St. James Community Association has successfully staged five Steel Band parades in Woodbrook, from 2012 to 2016. The event is being dubbed the “Borough Day event of Woodbrook.” It is geared towards bringing out the residents on the side-walks with a picnic like atmosphere, to enjoy the National instrument. There will be no vending or amplified music, just the sweet sounds of the steel pan.

“On Saturday August 26th 2017, we are once again planning to have Pan on d’Avenue VI along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook. The parade route this year is from Taylor Street heading east to Colville Street. This year’s event will be dedicated to deceased Stephen Derek - Masman, Wire bender and resident of Woodbrook. It is also our intention to honour prominent residents of Woodbrook and long-standing members of some Steel Bands throughout Trinidad & Tobago. These two categories represent the unsung heroes of our society and our National Instrument. There will be an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Ariapita Avenue just in front Adam-Smith Square, where these icons shall be awarded before a trailer rolls in with a rhythm section and dancers followed by the Steel Bands.”

Previous Honorees: 1st King, Colin Edghill and Queen, Kay Christopher (2012)
Steel Bands (2013)
Steel Band Arrangers (2014)  
Steel Pan Tuners 
Steel Pan Percussionists (the Engine Room)

Around thirty bands are expected to be ‘on the move’ in the parade, accompanied by traditional mas characters and moko jumbies. It is expected to run until 2:30 a.m.

List of Steelbands for ‘Pan on d’Avenue VI’

South / Central

1.   Pan Elders
2.   Couva Joylanders
3.   Southern Marines
4.   Tropical Angel Harps
5.   Skiffle Steel


6.    Supernovas
7.    Exodus
8.    Arima Angel Harps
9.    Harmonites
10.   Sangre Grande Cordettes
11.   Curepe Scherzando

North / West

12.   Phase II Pan Groove
13.   Renegades
14.   Desperadoes
15.   Trinidad All Stars
16.   Silver Stars
17.   Invaders
18.   Starlift
19.   Laventille Serenaders
20.   Brimblers
21.   Harvard Harps
22.   Defence Force Steel Ensemble
23.   Fire Services Steel Ensemble
24.   Newtown Playboys
25.   Western Stars Philharmonic
26.   Pandemonium Steel Orchestra
27.   Blue Diamonds
28.   St. James Tripolians
29.  Laventille Road Police Youth Club


The Woodbrook/St. James Community Association is a non-profit community-based organization that was incorporated on June 30th, 2011. Our group’s mission is to foster good relationships to build a Stronger Community. Our Association was formed in 2011 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Woodbrook.  Over the years and with the Government’s assistance, we have held several successful events annually such as the celebrations of Eid, Divali and Christmas inclusive of a Christmas Toy distribution drive amongst others. Last year we had our very first Christmas Pan Parade and it was a huge success.

Allima Garcia
Corporate Secretary
Woodbrook/St. James Community Association
Trinidad & Tobago

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