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Laventille has produced many a top steelband. They include Desperadoes, Highlanders, Savoys and In 1975 Sound Specialists from the Eastern Quarry area. The nearby Tokyo was the band to which Sound Specialists owe its birth, since many of the original players of Sound Specialists which started out as a traditional band came from Tokyo.

In the competitive arena, Sound Specialists first incursion was in 1976 when the band took part in the annual Guardian Newspapers contest. This competition was held however not at the St. Vincent Street Car Park as at present but at the grounds of the West Indian Tobacco Company at Champ Fleurs. The tune selected was "Flag Woman" by Kitchener and this was the Road March of the year.

The band gained sponsorship from Readymix Limited in 1977 and as Pan Trinbago started a competition called "Pan around-de-neck" now name "Jump Judges Jump" by Shadow. The band now improving leaps and bounds qualified for the semi-finals.

By 1980 the band had improved to such an extent that they placed 4th in the Finals of Panorama. The days of being a Traditional band wera numbered so that when "Pan is Beautiful too" came about in 1980, the band had been converted into a conventional one.

In 1983 Sound Specialists lost its sponsor Ready mix due to financial constraints and did not participate in the subsequent two Pan Is Beautiful series in 1984 and 1986. By 1988 the band reappeared. There was no Music Festival in 1990 due to the attempted Coup in July of that year. However, in December 1990 for the first time a competition was held entitled Pan Parang. It was held in the Arima Velodrome. Sound Specialists won the contest in the category for Conventional Bands. The band played "A Trini Christmas" and emerged with 702 points.

In 1992 Courts Furnishings (Trinidad) Limited sponsored the band. The band pleased their new sponsors by reaching the finals of that year’s festival with a performance Gustav Holst "Jupiter" and Superblue's "Get something and wave". The band has made every Music Festival Finals since, so when Pan Trinbago stated the Trinidad and Tobago leg of the World Steelband Music Festival, Courts Laventille Sound Specialists was confident that they would have qualified, and after performing John William's "Throne Room" and "Enc Titles" and Len "Boogsie" Sharpe's "Clear De Way" the band placed sixth.

A re-branding of the band took place in 2004 and they are now known as the Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille. This Orchestra continues to thrill many with their music and has been outstanding with their J’ourvert Bomb presentations and at the Laventille Steelban Festival. The year 2004 saw them placing fifth in the Medium category of the National Panorama Finals. In 2004 they qualified as one of Trinidad and Tobago's representatives to the finals of the Work Steelband Music Festival.

The band was a semi - finalist in 2005 National Panorama competition and was the winner of the Jourvert Bomb Competition in the classical category. At the 2005 T.S.T.T. Pan in the 21st Century Competition they placed third with a breath taking rendition df "Morning Dance". In June of 2005 Sound Specialists of Laventille placed 4th in the World Steelband Music Festival at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York, USA.

2006 - A time of growth for Sound Specialists of Laventille where the Finals of the National Panorama saw the band placed 2nd in the Medium category. This showed that Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille was taking on the mantle of being a great Laventille Steel Orchestra.

In 2007 & 2008 the band won the National Panorama competition In the Medium category playing Colleen Ella's "Johnny" and Destra Garcia's "Hooked" respectively.

In 2009 the band placed 3rd in the Panorama competition and 7th in the T.S.T.T. Pan in the 21st Century competition. In 2010 the band placed 2nd in the Panorama competition and 6th in the B mobile Pan in the 21 Century competition.

In 2011 the band placed 4th in the medium category of the National Panorama.

In 2012 the band placed 3rd in the Panorama competition and won the TSTT/FCL Peoples’ choice, however in November the band left Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the Federal Republic of Nigeria - Abuja’s Carnival and created quite an impression there in that they were asked to play carnival in Port Hancourt and Calibar and spent a total of thirty-eight days in that country.

In 2013 the band placed second at Panorama and repeated their hold on the TSTT/FCL Peoples’ choice.

The band has gone from strength to strength and by its enthusiasm and commitment will in the near future accomplish its ultimate aim to win the National and World Steelband Music Festival titles as well be one of the best Steel Orchestras in the world.



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