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How can we find out more about
the band and keep up to date with its
Our website www.invaders-tt.com
is always updated however, if you wish
to be added to our fan group, drop us
an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or join us on Facebook.
Describe yourself in two words one
beginning with E, the other with N,
E--Energetic; N-National of T&T
(love my country).
Out of all the concerts I have been to, I would like
a first-time viewer to have experienced Invaders'
"Versatility" Concert in 2013.
Of all the band s accolades, prizes and awards,
which do you rate as extremely special?
I rate the Chaconia Medal Gold as the highest.
If the band had to perform for an audience who
had never heard or seen it before and had to perform
one song, which would it be?
That will have to be Hallelujah Chorus.
What goals/ambitions does the band still have?
The main goal of the band is to continue to be a
leader in the entertainment business. Of course, we
are always striving to win a Panorama. This is exactly
what we will do in 2016.
What are the plans for the rest of 2015 and into
Plans for 2016 is first to be the winner of the
National Panorama 2016. After that, we plan to tour
the United States and participate in some of the
International Carnivals and, of course, we will be
hosting our main fundraiser "Pan, Parang and Pork"
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is no longer employed
and is not allowed to
conduct any business on
behalf of the company.
On September 22, 2015, we will be hosting our
Gala Awards Dinner at the Banquet and Conference
Center in MovieTowne. At this event, we recognise
the contributions of arrangers, managers, captains
as well as the long service of the present stage-side
We end the "Week of Celebration" with a J'Ouvert
Jump-Up on Republic Day (September 24). The J'Ou-
vert starts at 5 am at our panyard and ends at 10
am. Everyone is encouraged to make a traditional
J'Ouvert costume and join in the fun. All steelbands
will be on racks and the circuit is round the Oval
down to Broome Street, then East on Tragarete Road,
past the panyard, and repeat the route. This event
is free to the public.
It would be remiss of me if I did not mention our
sponsors for these festivities which include the Prime
Minister's Sports and Culture Fund, Tropical Tent
Rental, the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism,
Caribbean Airlines, Shell Trinidad Ltd, MovieTowne,
Fair Chance Racing Service, Newsday Newspapers,
How and why did you become involved and so
enamoured with the steelpan/steel band?
In my early 20s, my only exposure to steelpan was
being in the North Stand at the National Panorama
Competition. In those days, the organisers forced
the audience to respect the performing bands on the
stage by shutting down all the music in the stands
and demanded total quietness before the steel band
started playing. This action forced us to put down
our drinks, stop the rivalry, and pay attention to the
performing band. This is how I learnt the names
of the steel bands and gained a sense of appreciation
for the music. Before this, I was clueless and up to
that time I had never been to a panyard.
Ten years later, I was introduced to Invaders. The
band's history captured my heart. I started playing
on the stage side and even though I was not very
good, the captain of the day, Nervin "Teach" Saunders
granted me the opportunity to play in the preliminary
round of the National Panorama. The year was 1998
and we played High Mas arranged by Len "Boogsie"
Sharpe. That year, we did not make it into the finals
and I cried uncontrollably. I never cried for Invaders
after that, as I quickly learnt that we will always have
to work harder than another band in order to achieve
After this, I joined the management team as Public
Relations Officer and have been a member of man-
agement ever since.
Where do you see the future of the steelpan and
the steel band movement?
I recently attended the UTT graduating concert
of one of our members Atiya O'Neil. She is a grad-
uating student of the Academy of the Performing
Arts, and I was awakened to the fact that graduates
such as Atiya have taken the steelpan into a new era
of orchestrated music through their command of
and skill at playing the instrument. It was through
this experience that Invaders' managing director,
Michael Dinchong, felt driven to host this symposium.
We hope that after reviewing this topic that we can
be a little closer to answering the question, "Where
do we see the future of the steelpan and the steel
Of all the bands shows, concerts, performances
that you have been involved in, which would you
like a first-time audience, listener or viewer to expe-
Liz does it...
For the love of steelpan, T&T
From page B6
Invaders marketing and communications manager, Elizabeth Namsoo, fourth from left, with members of the Invaders team.
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