Welcome to Cheros Country! The St. Paul’s-based steelband was formed “officially” in 1967 by Mr. Denis Phillip who was inspired by the enthusiasm of some young boys, namely: Oliver ‘Dolly House’ Charles, Leslie ‘Doctor Fats’ Robinson, Harold ‘Old Post’ Charles, Julien Phillip, Cissy Bird and Adrian ‘Shakey’ Hayes who actually renamed the then Tin Tots Combo to Commancheros.
This organization is considered to be – “more than just a Steel Band!”
Picture yourself at the poolside of one of the hotels on the island’s south coast. It is a splendid evening with the surf gently kissing the shore and the sea slowly dancing in the moonlight. The evening would not be complete had it not been for the steel band providing the background music.
Yes, they are known as the best beating steel band on the road.
Although the band has gone through many transformations, namely membership, in terms of the quantity and age and sex of players, and instruments from ¼ gallon oil cans to the oil drum and now to the chrome pan, the orchestra has definitely grown in membership, stature, ‘panmanship’ – skills and techniques, repertoire, quality and quantity of instruments. Having gone through all those changes over the past Forty-six (46) years, Commancheros continues to be one of the leading steel orchestras in Grenada.
“One of the main contributing factors for the success and development of this band is that it was started as, and still is a very strong community oriented group. Although we refer to Commancheros as a steelband, it is a lot more than that. ‘It is a feeling, a home for many and an institution which trains and nurtures its members in a holistic way’, Says former Manager and Musical Director Cecil Noel. “We do a lot more than just playing pan,” he said.
The orchestra is managed by an executive committee, which is charged with the responsibility of overseeing its affairs. The band is involved in many community-based activities including but not limited to, the City of Lights Festival, Independence Extravaganza, other sporting, cultural, community development and church activities.
Commancheros Steel Orchestra has won all major steel band titles including Musical Festivals, Bomb Tune Competition and Junior and Senior Panorama held in Grenada. Commancheros has been the champion ‘band on the road’ in Grenada carnival.