Patrick Manning Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago & panist Patrick Manning (second from left) performing with “Playboys” in 1968 at UWI Mona Jamaica. – photo and caption info posted by Patrick Manning.

Solo Harmonites Steel Orchestra Harmonites win Trinidad & Tobago Panorama with the tune Wrecker

Harmonites /Brute Force win Antigua Panorama with Miss Tourist /La Cascade respectively

ESSO Engro Steel Orchestra wins St. Vincent Panorama

In 1968, a competition was organized by the National History and Arts Council to showcase the talent of Steel bands in Guyana. Two sets of judges were used for the preliminaries and the finals. Competitors were required to play the National Anthem, a classical selection and a test-piece of the Guyanese folk song ‘Way down Demerara’ at the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

Two sets of judges were used for the preliminaries and the finals. Competitors were required to play the National Anthem, a classical selection and a test-piece of the Guyanese folk song ‘Way down Demerara’ at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. – Lloyd Kandasammy

Music Festival At this time the annual Music Festival at Queen’s College provided the impetus for the advancement of Pan and enabled the Steelband to hold their place in local entertainment against the increasingly popular string bands such as Rhymthaires – Combo Seven – Bumble and the Saints, and the Young Ones. The Beatles, Cliff Richards and the Ventures were big hits abroad. Pan was introduced in the Schools Broadcast Programme initiated by Derek Jeffrey. The Kaietukians, Silvertones, Pelicans and Texacans were the leading Steel bands.  – Godfrey Chin

Guyana – The National Music Festival and the National Steelband Competition – the winning band for both events was the formidable Demtoco Silvertones.

Aruba Invaders win 1968 Steelband competition — Na anja 1968 Invaders a gana e Steelband Contest na Lago Sport Park