Woodbrook Playboyz Steel Orchestra performs on the street.
Woodbrook Playboyz Steel Orchestra is a celebration of the
spirit of Woodbrook and the pride and joy that the community
itself has given to hundreds of residents in the field of
sports and the arts.
The Woodbrook community has a rich history of producing
popular steelbands. The Playboyz genealogy is rooted in
the early days in Woodbrook when young men gathered to play
sport, go to dances, and to dress up and play saga boy.
But there was also the call of the steelband and the desire
to form such bands to play music and parade on the streets.
These bands form a Woodbrook honour roll and include the
legendary Invaders, Saigon, Hit Paraders, Dixie Stars, Hells
a Poppin, Katenjammers, Green Eyes, Starlift, Modernaires
and Phase II Pan Groove.
The birth of the Playboyz was therefore not a surprising
extension of the Woodbrook steelband tradition. Playboyz
is however more than a steelband.
In the space of just ten short years, the Playboyz organisation
has evolved into a community institution, deeply rooted
in the neighbourhood and comprises the band itself, a members
club and a fraternity of pan and mas fans spanning the globe
from within the Caribbean to North America, Europe and the
This indeed has been a fantastic journey and a remarkable
achievement for a single pan band.
The Playboyz story is one of sacrifice, dedication, commitment
and determination and is somewhat synonymous with the challenging
history of the steelband movement itself.
Angostura Woodbrook Playboyz first appeared on the landscape
of Single Pan Bands in T&T shortly after the Carnival
celebrations in 1997.
The idea for the formation of the Playboyz first spawned
when a group of like minded individuals who were associated
with the Woodbrook Modernaires, left that organisation over
differences in the management and direction of the band.
In the months following the split, a small core group who
were determined to see the formation of a new organisation,
met on a regular basis to discuss ways and means of acquiring
instruments and securing a place to practice.
This group included Vincent Benji Benjamin,
Anthony Moose Bynoe, Tommy Legall, Desmond Chippy
Marcelle, David Penco, Lionel Garcia, Leroy Grant, Kelvin
Holder and Ian Clarke.
The groups first meetings were held at the popular
Lifestyle Pub on Bengal Street in St James, courtesy pub
owners Sydney and Carol Alexander.
Playboyz first management team comprised Benjamin
as chairman; Dr Ashton Parris as vice chairman; Clarke as
secretary; Arnold Moore as assistant secretary; Garcia as
treasurer; Roland Correira as manager and Bynoe as assistant
manager. The trustees were Penco and Kelvin Legall. Marcial
was captain and vice captain was Holder. Grant was PRO and
senior advisor was Andre Cruickshank.
Brian Kuei Tung operated as executive advisor.
Over the years the bands management has been restructured
to cater for a reduced leadership committee.
The current committee comprises chairman Parris; manager
Benjamin; secretary Grant; captain Garcia; and Members Irwin
Brooks and Moose Bynoe.