In June 1996 the ADLIB Steel Orchestra
Youth Cultural organization was established. The organization's
mission is to teach children how to play this traditional instrument, to
educate them on the culture of Trinidad and Tobago and to provide early
exposure in playing music at a professional level.
Through the evolution of the ADLIB Steel Orchestra, they have developed a
passion for bringing to the pan not only tunes native to Trinidad and
Tobago, but also those of other cultures. The band's repertoire
includes various styles from reggae, soca, calypso, latin, jazz, gospel
and R&B. For many the band is like a second family as the members all
enjoy being a part of it.
The group's organizers are Franklin and Jean Mayers, Neville Gaskin,
Jackson Headley, Fitz Worrell and Ralph Branche. Music is arranged
by Stephen Sampson (also ADLIB's percussionist), Ruben Nelson and Harold
Headley. As ADLIB is extremely innovative, Fitz and Patrick Worrell
manufacture and tune all the band's pan instruments. They also
manufacture and tune on a commercial basis for other steel orchestras.
The band has been featured on Fox 5, Channel 7 and Channel 12. They
have also placed high in the Brooklyn J'Ouvert competition and were third
place winners in New York's 2001 Panorama competition.
For the year 2002 the band has big plans. ADLIB will maintain their
successful track record, and will continue to teach youngsters about the
fascinating steel drum and culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
ADLIB's captain Franklin Mayers, junior captains Lisa Mayers & Shanelle
County, manager Ralph Branche, 'Aunty Jean' & all the proud parents
continually dedicate their time and patience. With professionalism
and a wholehearted giving of their talent and time, ADLIB's youthful pan
players are the main ingredient that makes the band the success that it