Harmonites win Antigua Panorama with “Love Story”

Solo Harmonites Steel Orchestra Harmonites and Starlift Steel Orchestras both tie for the title and win Trinidad & Tobago Panorama; Harmonites with the tune Play Mas, and Starlift with Queen of the Bands

Fascinators wins Panorama in Grenada

Texaco Starlift Steel Orchestra wins St. Vincent Panorama

George Goddard resigns as president of NATTS – (National Association of Trinidad and Tobago Steelbandsmen)

NATTS changes name to “Pan Trinbago”

In 1971, two major events the National Steel Band Festival 31 July – 2 August and the reintroduction of the Steel Band Tramp, both organised by the National History and Arts Council and the Steel Band Association, reinvigorated new life and interest in this aspect of Guyana’s culture. Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, in addressing the Steel Band Association at Critchlow Labour College, declared that “every public corporation in which the government has a majority shareholding will sponsor a steel band.”

Rocket Pan invented by Rudolph Charles of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra