Barry Howard

HADCO Phase II Pan Groove lays one of its Co-Founders to Rest

On Friday August 5, 2022, members of the HADCO Phase II Pan Groove family, loved ones and associates laid to rest steelpan pioneer, Barry Hewin Howard. Barry was one of the original six (6) co-founders of the band, who made the brave decision to leave Starlift Steel Orchestra and form a new ensemble in 1972. The new kid on the block was known then as Phase II Rhythm Band.

While Dr. Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe is globally renowned for his unfathomable skills as an arranger and performer, Barry established a stellar career as a professional drummer. He was popular within the steelpan fraternity and the international soca circuit. During a documentary that was produced for the band’s 40th anniversary in 2012, Barry discussed his passion for drumming. He shared that he would use the stems from his mother’s artificial flowers, as well as rolled-up newspapers to practice beats and transitions.

This he would do on discarded biscuit tins until a kit could be afforded for the band. Barry leaves his wife Gail, children Quincy and Alyrio and many others to celebrate his legacy. HADCO extends deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May he rest in eternal peace.

Figure 2 Barry Howard during a live performance on stage (Image courtesy HADCO Phase II Pan Groove)


Figure 3: (L-R): Co-founders Selwyn Taradath, Barry Howard, Dr. Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe and Andy Phillips alongside Kenneth Clarke