North Tyneside Steelband

North Tyneside Steelband (NTSB) is a large community steelband based at the Langdale Centre, Langedale Avenue, Howdon, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.

The steelband was originally formed in 1989 at a special school in north Tyneside by school teacher Dave Edwards. It was not long before it grew in popularity and in 1992 Dave decided to develop the band into a community steelband in order to give the wider community the opportunity to explore steelpan and its culture.

Members of the steelband practice every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5.45 to 9pm.

The musical direction comes from a team of established band members from the past and present. They also have a band captain.

The steelband regularly performs throughout the year at a wide range of local, national and international venues such as The Sage Gateshead, the Royal Albert Hall and Cudrefin, Switzerland.

In 1996 the steelband was registered as a charity supporting North Tyneside and Northumberland.

2009 marked the twentieth anniversary of NTSB. To celebrate this achievement the steelband organised a concert at the Whitley Bay Playhouse in the spring of 2010. It came as no surprise that the show was sold out two months before the concert date with a waiting list for tickets.

 In 2011, 10 members form the steelband took part in a concert to celebrate 60 years of the steelpan in the United Kingdom. The venue was at the Southbank where the first the steelband - Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO) - played their first performance.

Apart form the main performance band of 50 players there is also a training band, a junior performance band, and an adult band

Information supplied to My Panyard by North Tyneside Steelband