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HELLSGATE STEEL ORCHESTRA [ESTB. 1945]

Researched by Jessy James Stafford Joseph [Panthologist]
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THE HELLSGATE STEEL ORCHESTRA – FIRST
FIRST IRON BAND
• FIRST STEEL BAND
• FIRST TO PERFORM AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE – 1947
• FIRST TO PERFORM AT MILL REEF CLUB – 1949
• FIRST TO PERFORM IN A CHURCH – 1950, ST. PETER’S ANGLICAN
CATHEDRAL, PARHAM TOWN
• FIRST STEEL BAND CHAMPION – 1949
• FIRST 4-PEAT STEELBAND CHAMPION
• FIRST TO BRING THE IDEA OF CARNIVAL TO ANTIGUA AND
BARBUDA – 1951
• FIRST TO PERFORM FOR PRICESS MARGARET – 1955, OPENING
CEREMONY OF PRINCESS MARGARET SECONDARY SCHOOL
• FIRST ANTIGUAN STEEL BAND TO TRAVEL TO TRINIDAD – 1958
• FIRST TO TOUR THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS – 1951
• FIRST TO PERFORM FOR SIR WINSTON CHURCHIL – FEBRUARY 2ND
1962, ON BOARD ONASSIS YATCH, THE CHRISTINA, AT NELSON’S
DOCKYARD
• FIRST TO CONDUCT A STEELPAN REVITALIZATION PROGRAM IN
ARUBA – 1996 AND 1997
• FIRST EVER INDEPENDENCE STEEL BAND CHAMPION – 2004
• FIRST TO BE TUTORED FROM SCORED MUSIC – BERTHA HIGGINS –
EARLY 1950’S
• FIRST TO ESTABLIH A JUNIOR STEEL BAND – [EARLY 1960’S] JUNIOR
HELLSGATE – PRESENLY ‘HARMONITES INTERNATIONAL STEEL
ORCHESTRA’
• FIRST TO BE RECORDED FOR THE WORLD’S FIRST EVER STEEL BAND
WAX RECORDING – 1952
• FIRST TO LEAD AN ORGANIZED ANTIGUA TRADES AND LABOUR
UNION STRIKE ACTION AGAINST JOSEPH DEWS AND SONS – 1952
TERMINATION OF KEM ROBERTS
• FIRST TO TAKE STRIKE ACTION AGAINST THE CARNIVAL
ORGANIZING AUTHORITY – 1957
• FIRST TO DEVELOP, EXECUTE AND MASTER TO ‘ROLLING
TECHNIQUE’ ON THE STEELPAN
2
• FIRST TO REPRESENT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AT THE NEW YORK
WORLD’S FAIR – 1964
• FIRST TO ESTABLIH A STEELPAN ACADEMY – 2002, EUSTACE
“MANNING” HENRY STEELPAN ACADEMY
• FIRST TO REPRESENT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AT CARIBANA
[TORONTO] AND A TOURISM AND PROMOTIONAL TOUR [MONTREAL]
1968
• FIRST TO REPRESENT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AT A CULTURAL
AND TOURISM PROMOTIONAL TOUR IN MEXICO – MEXICO CITY,
CANCUN, COZUMEL AND ISLA MUJERES
• FIRST TO REPRESENT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AT THE LONDON
NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE – 2005 TOURISM AND PROMOTIONAL
TOUR
• FIRST TO PRODUCE THE YOUNGEST STEEL BAND ARRANGER – 2009,
MASTER KHAN CORDICE
• FIRST TO HAVE WON TWENTY-ONE (21) PANORAMA
CHAMPIONSHIPS