1964 (At the Rock Garden, Port-of-Spain)
This St. James steelband was formed in 1950 by a collection of panmen who left the Harlem Nightingales Steelband after a dispute with its elders. The name of the band was taken from the 1943 American movie "The North Star" which starred actors Dana Andrews, Anne Baxter, and Farley Granger. North Stars' most celebrated panmen were its first leader, Anthony Williams, who was selected to tour England with TASPO in 1951, and lead tenor-pan player, Herman Johnston, who left the band to form the West Side Symphony Steelband in 1963. In addition to being the band's leader, Williams was the tuner and arranger. North Stars won the Panorama competition twice and the Steelband Music Festival twice. The band became inactive in 1972, but regrouped in 1995 at its former home on Brunton Road in St. James. North Stars finished among the top three steelbands in the following significant competition:
1962 Steelband Music Festival 1st Voices of Spring (Johann Strauss) Anthony Williams
1963 Panorama 1st Dan Is the Man in the Van (Mighty Sparrow) Anthony Williams
1964 Panorama 1st Mama Dis Is Mas (Lord Kitchener) Anthony Williams
1965 Panorama 2nd Hold on to Your Man (Lord Kitchener) Anthony Williams
1966 Steelband Music Festival 1st Poets and Peasants (Franz Von Suppe) Anthony Williams
Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit