In Trinidad, October 2002



DATE OF BIRTH: April 28, 1950
PLACE OF BIRTH: Laventille, Trinidad
EDUCATION: Third Street Musical Conservatory, New York, USA
  • Savoys
  • Desperadoes
  • Music Makers (Los Angeles, California, USA)
  • L.A. Despers (Los Angeles, California, USA)
  • Player
  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • CAREER:                                       Growing up and learning to beat pan with the Savoys Steelband, Greenidge received an informal musical education in scales and chords from arranger Martin Albino. He left for the USA in 1971 and eventually made his home in Los Angeles, California, after joining some former Desperadoes Steelband members in the Music Makers Steelband. He later took over the leadership of Music Makers and renamed the band, L.A. Despers. He tasted his first Panorama victory in 1985 when he combined with Beverly Griffith to arrange Lord Kitchener's "Pan Night and Day" which won Desperadoes a share of first place with Renegades. He led Desperadoes to two more Panorama victories with his own compositions. The following is a summary of Greenidge's record in the Panorama competition:
    • 1985 - "Pan Night and Day" (Lord Kitchener) with Beverly Griffith, 1st (Tied)
    • 1987 - "Pan in A Minor" (Lord Kitchener), 3rd
    • 1988 - "Panama" (David Rudder) 3rd
    • 1991 - "Musical Volcano" (Robert Greenidge), 1st
    • 1994 - "Fire Coming Down" (Robert Greenidge), 1st
    • 1995 - "Pan Parang" (Robert Greenidge), 3rd
    • 1996 - "Blast Off" (Robert Greenidge), 3rd (Tied)
    • 1993 - Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Silver (for Culture)
    • 2012 - Caribbean American Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award,Washington, DC, USA
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit