The celebration was a night where the legendary Mr. Edgar Connor, pioneer of the steelpan music and founder of the famous ‘Aruba Invaders Steel Orchestra’, was honored. The well-known Melvin Garcia was Master of Ceremony for this night.
The opening act of this musical show was in the hands of the Students of the Aruba Panman Foundation under the guidance of Angel hazel and Lee Connor. The crowd enjoyed their enthusiasm they shown for their steelpan instruments. The show continued with presentations by Touch of Steel, by Nico Connor, Ivan Quandus and Michael Odor together with ‘NLG Dancers’. ‘Quiver Quips Steel Orchestra’ also performed. At the end of the night the ‘The Aruba Invaders’ under the guidance of brothers, Nico and Lee Connor, gave a presentation together with ‘Carnaruba’ and their majestic Carnival costumes.
A special honoring was given to 4 people that contributed greatly to the Steelpan music in Aruba. These were Tico Kock, founder and member of ‘Touch of Steel’ which in 2020 will celebrate 30 years of existence. Michael Odor and Ivan Quandus have been working with Nico for many years in the studio and on stage. Last but not least, Francis Ridderstap, the ‘Leisure Manager’ of the Tamarijn and Divi Aruba All Inclusive Resorts, who opened the doors for many musicians to perform at the resort, such as Nico who has been a regular since 1994. Francis always knew how to encourage and compliment his associates. It was a sublime night. Locals and tourists came to the amphitheatre Edgar Connor at Paseo Herencia to enjoy the 3rd edition of this ‘Honor to Connor Steelband Celebration’.
The Connor family would like to congratulate the honorees, the musicians, the steelpan groups, the dancers and each and everyone for their continuous support.q