Pantonic All Stars steel orchestra

Registered charity 1155970.

Our tour to Belgium in August went down a storm. You can pick up photos as well as some live videos in Ostend and Niuewpoort by clicking onto .


Our RMCH Bone Marrow Trust Fund donations have reached a new level of £52,000

A Very Big 'Thank You' to everyone who has contributed over the years.

Pantonic All Stars, BBC 1990

Our Past -

Our Orchestra stands alongside the independent steel bands of the World. We are just as they are, in that our formation was the idea of just two people who, along with the support of some of the parents and charities we raise money for, brought together their children and formed the basis of the Orchestra in November 1985. Thirty one years later and the charity involvement lives on and regular gigs are played so as to ensure a steady flow of money is given to the charity we collect for (The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Bone Marrow Trust Fund). Over one hundred and thirty musicians have passed through the senior group over the past 31 years and added their own individual mark upon the aura of the Orchestra. The original founders may have moved on, but the motto we have held since the beginning still remains "We Not I".

For more about ‘Our Past’ follow the link to ‘The Story of Pantonic All Stars’ and for all our ex-players see if you were caught on film in our new galleries.


Our Present-

2016 proved to be a very special year for the Orchestra by starting off with the award in the New Year's honors list of a British Empire Medal to our long serving chairman Adrian Botham, for services to education and charity. In May we played at Liverpool One with a collection for the RMCH Bone Marrow Trust Fund. The amount raised that day took our overall donations to the fund to a new target of £50,000. This meant that after 30 years of raising money for this cause, we have become the largest single contributor. Collections during the rest of the year then took us over £51,000.

We played at fifty venues through the year so kept all the players and parents on their toes through to Christmas with many of our regular venues revisited as well as several new ones such as The Carrs, Wilmslow, Barlow Carnival and Crewe Cosmopolitan Food Festival. We enjoyed great weekends for our annual visits to the Cumbria Steam Gathering at Flookburgh, and the Yesteryear Rally at Malpas, Cheshire. Outside of our main charity work, we also supported a number of other charity events during the year including Cancer Research UK and Joining Jack in Wigan.

In September we released the live recording from our 30th Anniversary Concert held in 2015. This CD, volume 8, complements the others in the music collection and provides over seven hours of steel music on the six CDs. They are available wherever we play or through mail order.

We received a grant from the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund in November which we put towards buying two new larger gazebos. We had our logo printed on two sides so we can keep everybody dry (or out of the sun) and let everyone know who we are.

As usual there have been a few changes in the lineup of the Orchestra over the last twelve months as a number of players have left to concentrate on college and work. We are now twenty four strong and have plenty of players available, even when some are working or on holiday. It will be good for the summer's busy schedule, which is kept up to date alongside as we progress through the year, with more details of times etc. if you click on the locations. This summer we are looking forward to a tour of Belgium. Based in Bruges we will be playing in Ghent, De Panne, Ypres, Ostend and Nieuport over five days in the middle of August.

Paul Handley continues with the majority of our tuition to junior and senior players, supported by Steve Marshall and other long serving senior players. Ashley Hogg provides drum tuition at junior practices with training for new young drummers. We have recruited three young drummers recently and this year two will be supporting the events, with the other waiting in the wings.

We had a good number of junior players join us in 2016 and intend to take them out in some of our shopping centre gigs with the senior Orchestra in the spring. 2017 will find us in most of the counties of the north of England and Wales. You are always welcome to come and see us at our many venues and keep in touch through our Facebook page.

25 Years on, Best of Pantonics CD
Juniors at practice


Our Future -

With a stream of up and coming players in our Junior Section we are always guaranteed a solid playing force and always open to welcome new young players. Our future is dependent on a constant influx of new talent and our junior orchestra is the perfect place for them to develop their skills as artistes. Paul Handley, our Musical Director, looks after the teaching with valuable help from experienced players. The learning curve can be steep but well worth the effort for those who are prepared to put in the work. We now have rehearsal facilities at Hazel Grove High School, Jacksons Lane in Stockport. The junior section practices every Monday night from 7.00pm through till 8.30pm.  For further details please contact us.