The history of Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra spans depression, wars, societal turmoil, and now, a global pandemic. We have weathered these changes with the spirit of resiliency that is the hallmark of the steelband movement.
We recognise the role of innovation in the history of Trinidad All Stars. We were blessed with the presence of Neville Jules in Hell Yard. It was Neville who first played with two sticks. It was Neville who created the family of steelpan instruments: giving tenors range, adding the guitar, tenor bass, and bass pans.
Virtually or in person, the ability to connect with each other and, in the case of artists, with an audience, is integral to our humanity. This is one reason that long, multiple lockdowns have been so hard.
If nothing else, 87 years has taught us to make lemonade from life’s lemons.
We have channeled the resiliency of the movement, the innovation of our foundation members, and the need of the artist to connect to an audience and worked hard throughout the pandemic. While we have not been able to practice and perform as we would like, we have taken the time to put in place the intangibles that will help sustain the Orchestra: this re-vamped website is one such initiative. Here one will find information on the Trinidad All Stars Seniors Foundation and the Trinidad All Stars Youth Steel Orchestra; here you can connect to our Fan Club, our store, soon with our tenants, and our Music Academy.
The orchestra that makes its home in Hell Yard, East Port of Spain, on the bank of the East Dry River; the orchestra that started – to quote David Rudder – out of pain, now enters its 87th year with our flag flying high.
No matter what life throws at us, Trinidad All Stars as an orchestra and as an institution will survive and thrive.
Join us for the journey!