Invaders Steelband 1950 | Trinidad & Tobago

The Invaders Steelband is one of the oldest steel bands formed in Trinidad and Tobago. reports that the band was formed in the early 1940s by pan pioneer Ellie Mannette. The band first took to the road on V-J Day celebrations in 1945. This post lists some of Mr. Mannette's achievements. 
  • Members of the Invaders Steelband, the early 1950s.
  • Started in 1940, Invaders is the World’s Oldest Existing Steelband
  • The Holder of The Chaconia Medal (Gold) - Trinidad and Tobago’s premium national award (Saturday 31st August 1996)
  • A Proclamation from New York City
  • An Award from the Port of Spain Co-operation in recognition of the band’s contribution to the development of Steelband
  • Award in recognition of the band’s contribution to the development of the steelpan from The Northern Region of Pantrinbago on August 19th, 2007.
  • Through its founder, Ellie Mannette converted the drum shape from convex to concave which is used today
  • Experimented with the 55-gallon oil drum in place of biscuit tins
  • Created six of the nine instruments in the steel pan family, perfected the uniqueness of note blends on each pan, first to wrap rubber on pan sticks
  • Was the first band to burn the steel pan as a step in its creation which is standard procedure today
  • Renowned for having the sweetest sounding pans especially with a middle range with a distinct sound
  • Considered the top J’Ouvert Steel Band
  • Winner of the first-ever Sagicor seven-a-side pan competition in Barbados held in May 2005 with 346 points - a lead of 29 points.
  • Performed at every single Panorama Competition since the competition’s inception in 1963
  • "Invaders" was the First Steelband to receive corporate sponsorship (Shell, Trintoc, Petrotrin, BWIA, Caribbean Airlines).
  • One of the only steel bands that currently occupies its original home.
  • Getting the Trinidad Tobago Government to designate their home a national heritage site.
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Invaders Steelband | Softly As In a Morning Sunrise | 1960
Shell Invaders Steel Orchestra | "Feeling It" | Panorama Final 2020

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