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Merry Tones Steel Orchestra

2024 Tune of choice:  Surrender  | arrangers:  Alexis “Lecky” Hope & Christian Forde

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The Merry Tones Steel Orchestra

The Merry Tones Steel Orchestra has consistently been one of the top twenty steelbands in Trinidad and Tobago over the last three decades. Born in the early nineteen-forties in the lush rural valley of Diego Martin in Northwest Trinidad, the band operates out of its own Merry Tones Pan Complex at No.1 Bagatelle Road, Greenhill Village, our permanent headquarters since 1986.

The Merry Tones has the proud distinction of being one of the five surviving Steel Orchestras which took the stage at the inaugural Panorama Competition in 1963. The past 30 years of this, the world’s premier Steelband competition, has seen us cop four victories, 1995, 2004, 2005 and 2006 all in the Small Band category. These victories are in addition to commendable performances at Steelband Music Festivals over the many years as well.

In May, 2004, after an observation of the then Steelband climate in Trinidad and Tobago, a decision was taken to form a single pan unit within Merry Tones. Thus was born the Icewater Pan Ensemble. The name “Icewater” was one of many early monikers of the present Merry Tones Steel Orchestra, during the 1950’s, thus we found it quite an appropriate name for its “sister” band.

To date, Icewater has had a string of very successful performances at locations throughout Trinidad and Tobago the wider Caribbean and Latin America. To experience Ice Water is to take a refreshing drink in the memories of the music of yesteryear, an experience you are guaranteed to never forget.

The Merry Tones Steel Orchestra remains proud of its legacy of service to the Diego Martin community and Trinidad and Tobago and also its commitment to the fostering of appreciation for the Steelband Movement worldwide.


For further information contact:

KENDAL LEWIS:  (868) 709-8933

DENNIS ACHILLE:  (868) 796-5597

A. ERIC MC ALLISTER:  (868) 755-8525

Source:  Merry Tones Steel Orchestra


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