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George 'Sonny' Goddard (April 28, 1924 – January 1988)[1] was a Steel Pan enthusiast and President of the Steelband Association. George Goddard is still recognised for his work with the steelpan.


George Goddard was born and raised in New Town, a district of Port of Spain, Trinidad.[1] He pursued his goal to reform the steelband movement with a strong passion. Spending several decades at the task then documented his hard effort in a book that was aptly titled “Forty Years in the Steelbands 1939 to 1979”. Goddard has proved himself to be a very persistent man by fighting many battles against the government and even losing his job for doing do. George Goddard as a former president of the Steelband Association, fighting for the Steelpan to be seen as a respectable, non-threatening instrument around the world and the have a powerful yet democratic group of people. He was chairman of the Association from 1957[2] to 1971 leading him to meet important figures such as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. His work with the steelpan greatly influenced his sons leading them to be just as passionate in the pan as he was.


  1. ^ a b "George "Sonny" Goddard". Retrieved 2008-09-17.  
  2. ^ President

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