Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Stars purchases 42-44 Duke Street

Hell Yard expends horizons

Property owners: The entrance to Hell Yard, right, next to the building just purchased by the Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra. This commercial property enhances the band’s asset base and will go a long way towards helping the reigning National Panorama Champions becoming a fully self-sufficient entity. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

NUMBER ONE: Massy Trinidad All Stars Manager Beresford Hunte and Massy CEO Gervase Warner. ?Photo: GARY CARDINEZ

Reigning National Panorama Champions, Massy Trinidad All Stars has expanded its horizons beyond “Hell Yard” as the band seeks to diversify into ventures other than music and the business of music. The band has completed the purchase of the property at 42-44 Duke Street, Port of Spain which is in front and to the east of the famous panyard.

This was revealed by manager Beresford Hunte recently when Massy Holdings celebrated the Panorama Champions with an evening of entertainment “Under The Trees” at The Normandie, St Ann’s.

The function was to commemorate All Stars’ ninth Panorama victory this year as well as its 80th anniversary. The news of the acquisition of the building just added to the joy and pride felt by the members on the night. Hunte told the audience the management team had successfully concluded the purchase of the property and they will soon be putting it to use. This he said is a financial investment for the band as they work towards becoming financially self-sufficient.

“We cannot solely depend on contributions and earnings from Panorama performances and other small ventures. This is critical for our growth and development as a social and cultural institution,” Hunte said.

When asked about the purchase, All Stars financial manager, Nigel Williams said, “This is in keeping with our long-term vision to grow not just as a steel orchestra but as a business institution. We have been looking out for things in which to invest and went after this property vigorously.”

Hunte used the opportunity to thank his management team for the hard work they put in to keep the band at the top. He also thanked Massy Holdings CEO Gervase Warner for his passion and interest in the band.

“Mr Warner is always open to us and willing to help us when needed and I thank him for that. We have a relationship of mutual interest with Massy”, he said.

The praises continued as Hunte thanked arranger Leon “Smooth” Edwards, who won eight of the nine panorama titles, writer/composer Clive Telemaque four years (two second and two first) and Terry Demas for the Bomb Tune and Road music.

Hunte also thanked the Mas committee for its commitment as well as section leaders for their success over the last two years. All Stars became the first steel orchestra to win the Carnival Band of the Year title.

The manager said it would have been remiss of him if he did not thank those who paved the way, people who sacrificed so that they could establish themselves and be successful. He singled out Neville Jules whose life work was the development of Trinidad All Stars.

“We repay this debt of gratitude with our magnificence and excellence in our playing,” said Hunte.

He looked to the future just as he looked at the past and thanked the youth in the band for the dedication, energy and passion they display at all times.

Members of the band and the executive committee enjoyed themselves with music from Imij & Co and Blaxx.