Power Stars Steel Orchestra
2024 Tune of choice: “Fete” | arranger: Aaron Clarke
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Formerly Blue Stars Steel Orchestra.
The steelband was established in 1957 as Blue Stars, but ten years later acquired sponsorship from the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and subsequently became known as T&TEC Power Stars. That relationship lasted for 41 years.
In 1958, as Blue Stars, the band gained widespread recognition for a performance it delivered at the then-Governor General's House grounds in honour of the official visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret to Trinidad.
In 1963, the band was awarded a Special Prize by the then-Carnival Development Committee (CDC) for its Carnival Tuesday presentation of “An Album of Freshwater Fishes” in the Fancy Sailors category. That year, Blue Stars also participated in the first Steelband Panorama Competition.
Between 1973 and 1983, the steel orchestra was a finalist in every Panorama Competition staged during Carnival, and qualified for the semifinal round on two occasions, and five times for the final.
During that period, Power Stars formed a partnership with students of St Francois Girls' College, one of the earliest school steel orchestras in Trinidad and Tobago. The relationship lasted up to the late 1980s. It went on a tour to Canada in 1974, and was a part of the national contingent that performed at the Second Festival of Negro Arts in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977.
The steel orchestra is proud to have made a contribution in the moulding of persons who later became outstanding citizens, one of whom is the current President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Madame Justice Paula Mae Weekes.
From mid-1900 to the present, Power Stars Steel Orchestra has continued to strive for success. It lost its sponsor in 2008, but continues to participate in the Steelband Music Festival and Panorama Competition. The band is the holder of the Sydney Gollop Trophy for its back-to-back wins in the “Best of the Rest” Steelband Panorama Competitions of 2004 and 2005.
Captain: - Garfield Weekes
Tuner: - Sherwin “Professor” Pierre
Manager: - Gregory Lindsay
PSSO (Power Stars Steel Orchestra) panyard location: - 114 Western Main Road, St. James, Port of Spain
(on the corner, right after the St. James Medical Complex travelling west on Western Main Road.)