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Published on January 5th, 2016 | by TandT Newsday Newspapers

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Trinidad All Stars celebrates at church

Teamwork and ambition for shared success are two of the things which could be learnt through the dedication of the members of reigning National Panorama Champions Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra. This was the view held by Roman Catholic Priest Fr Clyde Harvey at the band’s 22nd annual thanksgiving service at the Holy Rosary Church, Park Street, Portof- Spain yesterday.  “Both of them (teamwork and ambition) demand that people work together,” Harvey said.

“If you have ambition for yourself, you are in trouble. But All Stars has always had the sense that we are in this together, and must work together.” Harvey continued, “This is vital to our ability to transcend present problems and to realise that discipline is important. The young and not so young must work together to pass on that great tradition, not only in All Stars, but in this land.” The band, which won the National Panorama title on nine occasions, did not play for the service. Harvey, however, touched on the band’s struggles over the years, citing the use of marijuana as one hurdles they overcame by working together. “Twenty-five years ago when I was involved with All Stars and they failed to make Panorama finals, we realised there were serious problems in the band. I don’t think I’m telling any secret but one of the problems in the band was marijuana.

“The leadership of the band took the reigns strongly and saw the band through to better days, and I always say that is the strength of All Stars’, great leadership which brought them to where they are today.” Harvey urged parishioners to pray for the band’s continued success. Apart from its National Panorma wins, the band also placed first six times in the National Steelband Festival, hosted ten concerts, received the Humming Bird Medal (Gold) in 1982, the Port-of-Spain City Council Award in 1986, the Sunshine Award for Best Steelband Recording in 1999 and 2002, NCBA Award for Mas in 2012, Band of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and emerged at the top of the field at last year’s International Steelband Panorama competition

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