David Goddard was born in
Siparia, Trinidad, W.I. and grew up in Vistabella. In 1975
he joined the Philadelphian steelband and [departed] in 1977 to
become a member of Skiffle Bunch [at the time a 'pan
round the neck' steel orchestra].
There, his pan prowess reached new heights. He played the
single second pan; and when the band
graduated to the status of conventional steel orchestra,
Goddard opted for the double second, perfecting the instrument.
David has performed in many of the country's major Steel Band
competitions such as the annual Steel Band Panorama, the Steel Band
music festival and a host of other related competitive
David went on tour with Skiffle Bunch to London, England where he
performed at the Commonwealth Institute Carnival Music
Village and teamed up with Calypso King, David Rudder. He
also traveled to Wales and Edinburgh, Scotland to perform
at their Music Village. In 1987 the tour and
performances were repeated, along with trips to Brampton and Toronto, Canada for the Caribana Festival
and related events. Martinique was added to Goddard's
growing list of tour performances in 1988, which also saw a
return to London, England. On special invitation from
the Venezuela president in 1989, Goddard was part of
the visiting contingent. A more thorough European tour followed in
1993, with stops in Switzerland, Austria,
Sweden, Germany, Italy and more.
In 2003 Goddard retired from the band
to concentrate on his artistic talent for painting and
song writing. There will be many more musical
achievements by David Goddard in the future.