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OUR STORY

At the core of the band is the Cherrie family who originate from Trinidad – the home of the steel band – and who have been involved in playing steel pans professionally in Britain since the early 1950s.

Our steel band was founded by Paul Cherrie in 1986, after an ‘apprenticeship’ served with father Max’s band, ‘The Cherry Pickers’.

Max and his brother Ralph were amongst the first of their generation to play pan professionally in the UK, with Ralph’s son Mark (also in Solid-Steel) going on to become one of the most highly respected pan players in Britain.

There have been some extremely talented full-time players with the band over the years that deserve a special mention. Mark Cherrie, Michael Bailey and Dennis Davis were amongst those who first played with the band in the Eighties. Francis Hylton, David Morris and Miguel Barradas joined us in the Nineties and Tom Alleyne and Samuel Dubois have been working with the band since the Noughties.

In the last couple of years, we’ve included the talents of Adam Ouissellat, Ruel Richardson and Mike Searl whilst Tania Cherrie and Elliot Cherrie have also been brought in both as players and administrators.

Testimonials

  • Vik & Miranda

    ‘Solid Steel Band played our big gay wedding (ok, technically 'Civil Partnership celebration!) at The Cavendish in Eastcote, Middlesex on Sunday 23rd August, 2009. They were fab! Hugely well-received by the guests, they struck just the right chord (pun intended!) for pre-disco musical ambience. They were well-liked by adults and kids alike! Refreshingly easy to book and deal with, having them there added a unique and stress-free dimension to our wonderful day. Solid Steel Band made our special day that much more special, and our straight/gay audience loved them in equal measure. Highly recommended! Thanks! xxx’

  • Val & Craig Gutteridge

    ‘From beginning to end dealing with Solid Steel Band was an absolute pleasure. The booking was very straight forward and they made the wedding even more special. Everyone loved them! Can't wait for another opportunity to book them again!’

  • Rob & Jen Brindley

    ‘Absolutely EXCELLENT! - thank you so much for making our day even better than it already was, you were brilliant and everyone loved the music. Keep up the good work!’

  • Somerset Bridge Primary School

    We had your two musicians for a school workshop today. I just wanted to let you know that they were absolutely amazing!  I have spoken to all the teachers who attended each of their workshops and every single one said that the workshop was brilliant.  Others said ‘those two guys got it just right, they were fantastic with the children.’

    Please thank them again from all the staff and children at Somerset Bridge Primary School.  We will definitely recommend you to others.  Please use my comments on your website.

    Kind regards,

    Anne Moseley

  • Great Expectations Events Ltd

    Thank you so much for yesterday, your band was great and the feedback so far is that everyone loved the music.
    It really added to the atmosphere with us pumping the sound around the cricket pitch.

    They usually sit around in silence watching the cricket so we certainly put a twist on the way they enjoyed the day.

    Look forward to working with you again soon.

    Best wishes,
    Jason Noah

  • Ashley and Terry

    I wanted to say a belated but sincere thank you for the music at our wedding at the Devonshire Terrace. All the guests and ourselves so enjoyed the atmosphere the steel band created, so chilled and happy.

    We were delighted and just wanted to say how happy we were with your professionalism and talent.

    Best wishes,

    Ashley and Terry.

  • Pocklington Trust Housing Assoc.

    We would like to thank you and your steel band musicians for a wonderful performance yesterday at the Court.

    Everyone- staff and tenants, had a great time and enjoyed the band. We have received a very positive feedback from the guests.

    We will definitely be booking you for any future events.
    Thanks again.

    Kind Regards,
    Leena Ghule

  • Ellie and Pete

    Well done playing at our wedding in July. Your steel band was absolutely fantastic. It brought such a lovely Caribbean vibe to the reception. We will be recommending you to everyone we know!

    Please see attached a lovely pic that our photographer took of you.

    Best wishes!

    Ellie and Pete.

  • St Bernard’s Prep School

    It was lovely to meet you and Mark at our school workshops yesterday, what a fantastic way to spend the morning!

    Thank you so much for making it such a good experience for the children of St Bernard's Prep School – they loved it.

    Best Wishes,

    Sarah Whittaker

  • Formium Development Team Coaching

    Just wanted to say thank you very much for an excellent corporate development workshop session today.

    The team really enjoyed it, got a lot from it and sounded fantastic.

    Many thanks,

    Eszter Mills

  • Arup

    I just wanted to say thanks to you and the steel band for your professional performance last week, It was a really good night and the music played a huge part in making it such a success! The limbo was a particular highlight for me. 

    All the best, 

    Harry Popplewell

  • Kathy Jay

    Dear Solid Steel Band,
    thank you so much for entertaining us at the party on Saturday. You were fantastic and everyone commented on how good you were.
    Regards
    Kathy Jay

  • UK Royal Artillery Barracks

    Please could you pass on my thanks to the whole band who were absolutely superb on Saturday.  For many it was the highlight of the evening and brought back memories of their service for the UK in the Caribbean. My only regret is that I couldn't spend more time listening and dancing but I'm sure there will be plenty of other opportunities. I hope you enjoyed yourselves too and that you'll come back next time to entertain us.

    Once again, thank you for making the evening one to remember for all the guests.

    Regards,
    Peter Gwizdala

  • Susan Maynard

    We have just arrived home and wanted to thank you and your great steel band for providing a wonderful day for Nigel's 60th. He was overwhelmed.

    We were also lucky to have great weather on the day which gave us all the feeling that we were actually in the Caribbean!!

    Thanks again

    Kind regards
    Susan Maynard

  • Holly & Neil

    Hi Elliot, Paul and team,

    We just wanted to say a massive thank you for helping to make our wedding day so special. The Caribbean steel band music was such a fantastic addition to the day, it brought so much fun and joy. We had the best day ever!

    Thank you.

    Holly & Neil