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#401238 - 02/27/11 10:20 AM History Of Musical Groups
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In the absence of a photo of Los Atomicos del Caribe, in the 1960’s, here is a long remembered group, Los Shadows. This band became the very first all-electric band on the island displacing the accordion, acoustic guitars and banjo. It had its first full set of drums, and guess who was behind the skins and sticks? Look at them carefully. On the drums, Nando Trejo, a young teacher at the R.C.School. Behind the bass, Angel Nuñez, another young teacher. Behind the lead guitar was Wil Nuñez, who was the most experienced musician and band leader too. Behind the accompaniment guitar was Wilber Marin, a young fisherman. And who can forget the golden voice of San Pedro, the grand romantic vocalist Oscar Aguilar. Landy Guerrero tagged with the Shadows to play this percussion instrument known as guiro or Rascador in San Pedro. Los Shadows commenced in 1970 played at weddings, quinceaños, parties, Christmas and all about and became the first group to play at functions in Belize City beside big bands like Glenn Bood and the Telegrams.

Wonder why they were in necktie in this flashback? It was their first wedding of Lalo Tolosa and Ermelinda Aguilar held at the village community center, now Town Hall.

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#401240 - 02/27/11 10:24 AM Re: History Of Musical Groups [Re: Marty]
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Daddy's Orchestra

After enjoying La Banda de San Pedro in 1920’s and 30’s we move on to Daddy’s Orchestra in the 1940’s and 50’s. Here is the famous Daddy Paz at the saxophone, first owner of Daddy’s Club and the famous Mr. Severo Guerrero I who was also the all time Carnival song composer. Left to right is the talented guitarist Emilio Rivero, Lucio Guerrero and Carlos Marin at the banjo. Then there is Rafael Nuñez, Severo Guerrero I, Daddy Paz, Claudio Azueta and a guy from Sarteneja known as Toya. This group entertained at all the dances held in San Pedro and at times was invited to Xcalak, Mexico for their grand festivities. Daddy’s Orchestra was another Pride of San Pedro, “Un orgullo Sanpedrano.
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#401241 - 02/27/11 10:24 AM Re: History Of Musical Groups [Re: Marty]
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Banda de San Pedro

One of the island's great artistic institutions was La Banda de San Pedro. Created in the 1920’s, La Banda was the result of a long-standing musical tradition in San Pedro. Two Mexicans, Amaton and Toledo, were instrumental in the development of La Banda. Serving as musical directors, they were paid a stipend of about $2 a month by each member of the band, a revenue which they supplemented by giving private music lessons. In 1928 La Banda de San Pedro won the National Concert Festival held at Loyola Park in Belize City, beating such well-established city bands as Colonial Band, Imperial Band, Eureka Band and L.E.C. Old-timers from La Banda, for whom the victory is still a matter of great pride, credit their success to their masterful rendition of the piece 'La Bohemia'. The delights of La Banda’s music in the 1920’s no doubt provided San Pedranos with a relieving counterpoint to the hardships they endured in the chicle and coconut industries at the time.
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