Web Posted - Saturday January 16, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Pan families get 100 hampers

Lieut Sherron Manswell of TT Defence Force, left, presents a hamper to Anthony Kinsale from Laventille Serenaders Steel Orchestra, while Northern Region Pan Trinbago chairman Desiree Myers looks on
Lieut Sherron Manswell of TT Defence Force, left, presents a hamper to Anthony Kinsale from Laventille Serenaders Steel Orchestra, while Northern Region Pan Trinbago chairman Desiree Myers looks on

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the economy, businesses, education and cultural festivities including Carnival and Panorama. It has also brought people together and demonstrated the importance of strength in unity and the resilience of humanity.

In its continuing response to provide assistance to band members, the Northern Region of Pan Trinbago teamed up with the TT Defence Force for the most successful food drive and food distribution in the region’s history, the region said in a media release. The Defence Force responded to a request for assistance by Northern Region chairman Desiree Myers.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 16, 2021
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Frankie McIntosh receives 2020 UWI Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Frankie McIntosh

Global - From Calypso to gospel and reggae, Franklyn McIntosh has worked his magic on music from every English-speaking Caribbean island. His work has been honoured with an induction into the Sunshine Awards Hall of Fame in New York (2015) and recognition by the Borough of Brooklyn, the City of New York and the United States Congress – House of Representatives. Dr. McIntosh has appeared on a stamp in his native St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and is a diplomat for his country.
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Web Posted - Friday January 15, 2021
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Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra - “Woman On The Bass” | Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 1980

Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It’s Panorama Finals. Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra is playing Scrunter’s “Woman On The Bass,” arranged by Leon “Smooth” Edwards for Panorama 1980.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 14, 2021
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Anthony “Benup” Kinsale - A Real Steelband Man

Global - Read on for a brief history, (Anthony “Benup” Kinsale) in his own words, of how he was instrumental in bringing an end to the steelband riots, how the former Vice-Captain of Desperadoes was a close ally of Charles and a community inspiration whose resilience created the Serenaders on the edge of the basketball court in St Barbs keeping Steelband alive on the hills...  -- Sharmain Baboolal
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 12, 2021
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Remembering Activist Panman Michael Leroy Joseph aka “Scobie”

by Gerry Kangalee

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Michael Joseph, or “Scobie” as he is popularly called was the leader of the Southern Marines Steelband Foundation, one of the oldest bands in Trinidad. He was a former Central Executive member and Chairman of the South Central Region of Pan Trinbago.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 12, 2021
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Nutones Steel Orchestra - “High Mass” | Clive Bradley | Trinidad & Tobago Panorama 1998

Nutones Steel Orchestra performing High Mas at Panoramal finals

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - It’s Panorama Finals. Nutones Steel Orchestra is playing David Rudder’s “High Mas,” arranged by Clive Bradley for Panorama 1998.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 12, 2021
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Len “Boogsie” Sharpe receives 2020 UWI Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

Global - Len Sharpe, better known as Len “Boogsie” Sharpe is a very successful & popular player, arranger and composer of steelpan music from Trinidad and Tobago. As a soloist extraordinaire or as part of a group, he has amazed audiences in North America, Europe & Asia.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 10, 2021
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ADLIB Steel Orchestra - “What’s Going On” | André White | Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn, New York, USA - ADLIB Steel Orchestra performs the classic “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye.

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Web Posted - Sunday January 10, 2021
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Carnival tabanca as COVID-19 closes festival

A tarpaulin drapes over the bass pans at the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra on Tragarete Road, Port of Spain

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - ....There will be no Carnival 2021. No physical events such as fetes, stick-fighting, ole mas, Dimanche Gras, J'Ouvert, parade of the bands, and Panorama.

The annual event has been cancelled this year as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

....Sunday Newsday caught up with members of the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra at their base on Tragarete Road in Port of Spain on Tuesday. A group of men sat under a tree in the panyard as they listened to the band on the radio and exchanged memories of Carnivals past.

Former trustee Glenford “House” Wallace said it was a sad moment for all its members, but they understood the need for the cancellation.

He said, “Playing pan at this time of the year was always something we looked forward to. People feel like a piece of their heart has been taken away.

“Some of us just come to the panyard, like today, and reminisce about what was and what this year could have been like. They bring a pan and knock a little thing.”

Desperadoes, last year’s Panorama winner, has 12 titles in the large band category.
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 6, 2021
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Pandemic Pains and Pan

by Wesley Gibbings

Desperadoes Steel Orchestra

Global - ....The year 2020 came to test pan, both as a musical instrument and as an agent of social cohesion and change, in ways not previously experienced or envisaged. Even in its manifestation as the best thing we do, tougher challenges would have been extremely hard to find.

A determined pandemic barely missed Panorama 2020, but its careful management has ensured that in 2021, the practice of pan will comprise invention and ingenuity – qualities that have given the instrument its true value both as creative platform and as largely unrealised economic prospect.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 5, 2021
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Remembering Albert “Doggie” Cox - Grenada steelpan icon

Albert “Doggie” Cox

Grenada - Albert “Doggie” Cox was a Panman from Grenada who migrated to the USA and continue to play his double second pan in the USA. He was a member of Angel Harps Steel Orchestra and played double second on the steel orchestra’s first album “Brighter out of Darkness,” which was recorded in Barbados in the early 1970s.
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Web Posted - Tuesday January 5, 2021
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Giant of the Titans - Revisited

Global - There was a cosmic shift in the world steelband music force and every person who has ever been remotely involved in steelband music felt it - such was the greatness and importance of Dr. Jit Samaroo.
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Web Posted - Monday January 4, 2021
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Nuptials for Skiffle Steel Orchestra Captain Joshua Regrello - PRANK!

Joshua Regrello

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.  - On January 3, 2021, Joshua Regrello, captain of Skiffle Steel Orchestra which is located in San Fernando, south Trinidad, posted: “Starting off 2021 right! #MrandMrsRegrello” - announcing his marriage on social media, with images. Skiffle is one of the nation’s premiere performing steel orchestra music franchises.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 3, 2021
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Jit - The One And Only

by Dalton Narine

Global - Just a single name encapsulates this slight man, what he became and the huge legacy he left pan and country.

Imagine a shy East Indian panman/arranger from Surrey, Lopinot, not your ordinary panist at all, being called upon by Renegades, a steelband from round the bridge, to arrange its music. Particularly Panorama fare.

This is a man who went on to win nine Panorama titles in 16 years. To understand the relevance of that milestone, Desperadoes celebrated 10 Panorama wins among three arrangers. If anybody in the world of Panoramania understood the depth of one’s respect for his peers, it is the triumvirate crew of Beverly Griffith, Robert Greenidge and Clive Bradley.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 3, 2021
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The Samaroo Jets ‘Live’ at the Trinidad Hilton Hotel

Samaroo Jets

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The year is 1978, and the Samaroo Jets led by Jit Samaroo, (one of the legends in the steelpan art form) are performing poolside at the Trinidad Hilton. The versatility of the group is on full display in these recordings as they perform the classical, pop and calypso pieces of the day.”
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Web Posted - Friday January 1, 2021
When Steel Talks

Happy New Year 2021 & Cheers To Life

Happy New Year 2021 & Cheers To Life from When Steel Talks (WST)

Global - When Steel Talks extends New Year's greetings to all.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 31, 2020
When Steel Talks

Remembering Panman Andre Boldan

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Blessed with exceptional music talent, the late panman Andre Boldan was held in great regard by many; he was essentially the consummate self-taught community musician.  He was born on July 12, 1960, in Central Trinidad but lived in Arima his whole life.

....Andre Boldan has a long list of bands for which he performed or captained.  He has played with XY Cellotones, Heavens Super Panfere, Trinidad Nostalgic, Nuclear Symphonettes, Invaders (from age 15), Panvibes, Exodus, Tokyo, Arima Angel Harps, Simple Song, Melodians, and Opera Symphonic Sounds.  

....As an arranger, he worked with Pan on the Move, Five Rivers Junior Secondary, and Edinburgh 500 Steel Ensemble.  Andre credits Nervin “Teach” Saunders for making him a pan player....As a competitor, he took 5th place as a soloist in the Pan Is Beautiful III Musical Festival in 1984 where he represented Arima Angel Harps.  
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 29, 2020
When Steel Talks

Cyril Darceuil of Casablanca Steelband Passes

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The sun has set on the physical presence of a Casablanca Icon. On Christmas day Cyril Darceuil at 92 years quietly ceased to be part of our physical space. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a contributor to the musical experience of the Casablanca Steelband.
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Web Posted - Sunday December 27, 2020
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Carols and Classics In Steel | Moods Pan Groove in Concert 1995 | Manhattan Center  - Revisited

Moods Pan Groove Steel Orchestra

New York, New York, USA -  A very special holiday music concert at the Manhattan Center in New York, New York featuring - Moods Pan Groove, The Brooklyn Philharmonic Chorus, with special guests - Anne Fridal, Earl Brooks, Juliet Davilar, Robert Greenidge, Arddin Herbert, CASYM, with Rennie Bishop the Master of Ceremony... Sunday December 3rd 1995.
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Web Posted - Saturday December 26, 2020
When Steel Talks

UK’s Ebony Steelband presents 2020 Christmas concert

Ebony Steelband

England, UK - It’s Showtime! Ebony Steelband performs an awesome set for their annual Christmas concert at THE TABERNACLE for 2020. The aim is to lift up everyone’s spirit during these trying times with the orchestra’s virtual performance.
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Web Posted - Saturday December 26, 2020
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Carnival Messiah - created by Dr. Geraldine Connor - Revisited

Carnival Messiah features a 25-player steelband performing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah

Seelband playing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah

England, UK - Carnival Messiah, featuring a 25-player steelband playing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, is a full-scale theatre production by Dr. Geraldine Connor.

Geraldine Connor was born in London, in 1952, to Trinidadian parents and Caribbean cultural ambassadors Edric Connor, singer, actor, folklorist and film-maker and Pearl Connor, cultural activist, theatrical agent and black theatre consultant.
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Web Posted - Saturday December 26, 2020
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Meyer Levin 8th Grade Steel Orchestra  - “Hallelujah Chorus” | 2011 ‘A Classical Holiday’ - Revisited

Meyer Levin's 8th Grade Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Music and dance from the performing arts students.  The former was by the Meyer Levin 8th Grade Steel Orchestra playing the Hallelujah Chorus.  Spanning 6th, 7th and 8th grades - the orchestras delivered credible performances to a capacity crowd (standing room only) at the school’s auditorium.
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Web Posted - Friday December 25, 2020
When Steel Talks

Appreciation, Best Wishes from Ontario Steelpan Association President

Ontario Steelpan Association (OSA) Press Release: President Terrence Wilson

Ontario, Canada - In the midst of these challenging times! It has been the most exploring year for PAN, the creative minds were at work taking the steelpan to the world and beyond VIRTUALLY.

It was a heartwarming experience for the many supporters/pan lovers to see world pan-players coming together to show that PAN is ALIVE.
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Web Posted - Friday December 25, 2020
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Despers Steel Orchestra - “We Three Kings” | 2001 ‘Reflections in Steel Concert’ - Revisited

Despers USA Steel Orchestra at 2001 Reflections in Steel concert

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Despers USA Steel Orchestra performed a Wilfred Kieal-arrangement of “We Three Kings” written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 24, 2020
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Meyer Levin Advanced Steel Band - “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” & more

Meyer Levin Advanced Steel Band in the spotlight

Brooklyn, New York, USA - The Meyer Levin Advanced Steel Band took the spotlight - and delivered some command performances on steel which included “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” one of the themes from the Nutcracker Suite - “Nutcracker: The March,” and more. The orchestra performed at the 2019 ‘We Three Kings concert’ under the guidance of musical director Damany James.
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 23, 2020
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

San Fernando “steelband warlord” Austin cremated

Fonclaire members escort the casket at the funeral service for founding member of Fonclaire steel orchestra, Milton "Wire" Austin at St Paul's Anglican church, Harris Promenade, San Fernando.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Considered a steelband warlord and a man with musical gifts, 79-year-old Milton “Wire” Austin received tributes from mourners on Wednesday.

The funeral for the founding member of the San Fernando-based NLCB Fonclaire Steel Orchestra took place at the St Paul’s Anglican Church at Harris Promenade in San Fernando.

City mayor Junia Regrello said Austin was an unrivalled leader among his peers Austin's determination and influence, he said, were able to usher in the transformational evolution of the instrument in San Fernando.
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 23, 2020
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Panist André White performs with keyboardist Khuent Rose at 2019 ‘We Three Kings’ concert

Khuent Rose, Marc Brooks and André White perform at CrossFire’s 2019 Christmas concert

Brooklyn, New York, USA -   The audience was treated to a special set by two exceptional musicians, Khuent and André, who had the audience singing to their songs in jubilant accompaniment, especially with an impromptu collaboration with another musical ace, Marc Brooks.
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 23, 2020
When Steel Talks

Some of Those In Pan We've Lost in 2020

Pan in Memoriam

The steelpan music community mourns the passing of some of the stalwarts of the art form in 2020.
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 23, 2020
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Violist Asiah Wharton and panist Khuent Rose - “Silent Night” & much more | 2019 ‘We Three Kings’ concert

Violist Asiah Wharton and panist Khuent Rose

Brooklyn, New York, USA -  A special performance by violist Asiah Wharton (who also plays pan) and panist Khuent Rose on the double second pan.
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 22, 2020
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CrossFire Steel Orchestra - “We Three Kings” & much more | 2019 ‘We Three Kings concert’

We Three Kings and more performed by CrossFire Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - At the 2019 “We Three Kings” concert CrossFire Steel Orchestra delivered a beautiful medley rendition of the holiday classics - ‘We Three Kings’ and more. Check out the one and only late Martin "Dougie" Douglas on vocals on the last song at 11:27.
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Web Posted - Sunday December 20, 2020
When Steel Talks

Condolences to the Fonclaire Steel Orchestra Community

Global - When Steel Talks extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Milton “Wire” Austin - panist, manager and founding member of Fonclaire Steel Orchestra.

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Web Posted - Sunday December 20, 2020
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Steel Orchestra Performances | 2019 ‘We Three Kings’ Christmas concert

CrossFire Steel Orchestra performs at its 2019 Christmas concert

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Performances from CrossFire, Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra, The Meyer Levin Advanced Steel Band, Khuent Rose & André White, and others - all part of the ‘We Three Kings’ concert.
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Web Posted - Sunday December 20, 2020
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Meyer Levin 8th Grade Steel Orchestra  - “Carol of the Bells” | 2011 ‘A Classical Holiday’

Tichard Chapmen directs one of the Meyer Levin's steelbands

Brooklyn, New York, USA - The performing arts students - spanning 6th, 7th and 8th grades - delivered dynamic performances to a capacity crowd (standing room only) at the Meyer Levin auditorium. Proud and adoring parents glued their eyes to the stage and their respective offspring, applauding the program featuring everything from the Nutcracker Overture to the Hallelujah Chorus.
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Web Posted - Saturday December 19, 2020
When Steel Talks

Saying Goodbye to Karen Codrington

Saying Goodbye to Karen Codrington

Global - In this time of COVID-19, much has changed, including the attendance of funerals/celebrations of life due to restrictions in size of gatherings. And this was of course true for the in-person attendance of the December 19 service for the late Karen Codrington, matriarch of and drummer/percussionist for the Codrington Pan Family; they were supported by those joining remotely. Preceding the official service, there was a moving montage of images set to the steelband version of Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone,” showcasing Karen and her beautiful family - illustrating in part how much of their adult lives were spent.
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Web Posted - Saturday December 19, 2020
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Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra - “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” | 2019 ‘We Three Kings concert’

I’ll Be Home for Christmas performed by Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - They left the audience mesmerized and applauding.  At the 2019 “We Three Kings” concert Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra (PESO) delivered a rousing rendition of the holiday classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
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Web Posted - Saturday December 19, 2020
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CrossFire Steel Orchestra - “Jingle Bells” & more | 2019 ‘We Three Kings concert’

Jingle Bells and more performed by CrossFire Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - At the 2019 “We Three Kings” concert CrossFire Steel Orchestra delivered a beautiful medley rendition of the holiday classics - from ‘Silent Night,’ ‘Silver Bells,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ to ‘Jingle Bells’ and more.
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Web Posted - Friday December 18, 2020
When Steel Talks

Etienne Charles Remembers Ralph MacDonald:
Re-visited

Ralph MacDonald
 

Global - ....I first met Ralph in Trinidad on Carnival Tuesday in the late 90’s while he was jumping with Phase II, the band in which I was playing (even though he was a die-hard Desperadoes fan). He hopped up on the float and started playing congas, grooving hard. We next met in November 2005 when I was playing in Stamford, Connecticut with Roberta Flack.

....July 4th at Ralph’s was something to look forward to every year. Seeing the family grow, the musicians who’d show up, swimming in the pool, the food, the music, basketball with Anthony and Teebs, they all added to the good times.

....One thing is certain……Heaven just got a LOT funkier. I’m sure he’s up there now making heavenly sounds out of two spoons, chilling out in a white t-shirt, shorts, a baseball cap and of course his crocs (with socks) making the angels jam on the groove.
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Web Posted - Friday December 18, 2020
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Despers Steel Orchestra - “We Three Kings” | John Henry Hopkins, Jr. | 2001 ‘Reflections in Steel Concert’

Despers USA Steel Orchestra at 2001 Reflections in Steel concert

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Despers USA Steel Orchestra performed a Wilfred Kieal-arrangement of “We Three Kings” written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.
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2020 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete

Global - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central! Complete information on the 2020 season of the Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama, and competitions:  Schedules, Orders of Appearance for preliminary, semi-final and final phases for large, medium and small conventional steel orchestras, and single pan bands; arrangers’ bios, bios of steel orchestras; full results, panyard addresses, history of previous Panoramas, and much more!
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Web Posted - February 2020
When Steel Talks

Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At a glance and on a single page, access the comprehensive summary of results for the Small, Medium and Large conventional steel orchestras that participated in their respective categories in the 2020 Panorama.

Follow the musical journey of respective bands through all three phases - compare side-by-side preliminaries, semi-finals and finals through data on band info, scores, tunes of choice and arrangers - on one page.
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