Brief History

Panash

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Panash Steel Orchestra UK was formed in 1983 at MountView High School in Harrow by David Griffiths.

The School closed but their successful and nationally renowned Steel Band continued as Panash.

The original band achieved notable success and bisbanded in 1989.


Our current leader Jay Butcher took over the Panash name in 1990 whilst being the Steel Pan Tutor at Rooks Heath High School (now College)., also in Harrow.

 In this line up the orchestra toured extensively around continental Europe and appeared on the festival circuit regularly.

The band was folded in 1996 due to members leaving for university and Jay returning home to South London to take over the Musical Direction for the Comets Steel Band.

Jay spent 12 years arranging for the comets and led them on 2 tours to Barbados, 5 Croydon Music Festival wins, 2 Met Police "battle of the bands" wins and 3rd place at the Notting Hill Junior Panorama and ' best steel band on the road' competitions.


Panash was reformed in 2008 and has worked tirelessly promoting the Steel Pan and running classes for the community.

We are also extremely proud of our close links to All Saints CofE Primary School and undertake weekly hour long sessions for each year group in KS2 (years 3-6)


Panash transcends Racial, Social and Class barriers to create an atmosphere of fun and learning for all!

Performances 2019

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Our Orchestras have been extremely busy already this year, with numerous appearances ranging from Private Parties to Corporate Events.

We are proud to offer bands of varying sizes for all occasions.


We have performed at the London New Years Day Parade on 1st January and the Royal Albert Hall on March 20th.


We are looking forward to a busier year than ever with the Notting Hill Carnival and Panorama to work toward