"Junior" at Disneyworld


PLACE OF BIRTH: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
EDUCATION: St. Mary's College
  • Silver Stars (1950s - 1970)
  • DisneyWorld, Florida, USA (1970 - 1999)
  • Player
  • Arranger
  • CAREER:                              Like Curtis Pierre of the Dixieland Steelband, Pouchet grew up in a middle-class family where the steelband was taboo. While attending St. Mary's College in the mid-1950s, he joined together with some St. Mary's and Queen's Royal College students of White, Portuguese, Chinese, and Black middle-class backgrounds and formed the Silver Stars Steelband. Within a short time, he became the band's captain. Silver Stars under Pouchet's leadership were very instrumental in gaining acceptance for steelband music by the middle and upper classes of Trinidad society. Silver Stars joined Dixieland as the first two steelbands that were able to attract White masqueraders during Carnival. In 1963, Siver Stars made history when it became the first and only steelband to ever win the "Band of The Year" title with its presentation "Gulliver's Travels." After relocating to the USA in 1970, Pouchet became a great pan ambassador when he was contracted to provide steelband music at DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida, USA, when it opened its doors in 1971. Pouchet's steelband made continuous appearances at DisneyWorld for 28 years before its exit in 1999. The following is a summary of Pouchet's success in the steelband Panorama competition:
    • 1970 - "Simple Calypso" (Lord Blakie), 3rd
    DIED: March 24, 2012, in Orlando, Florida, USA, from cardiac arrest.
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit