Citation: Denis “Punch, Moppy, Briggy, Uncle Denis” Phillip
Our awardee this evening has the distinct honor of being the man with the foresight of starting Commancheros. With his foresight and tenacity, he capture the attention and talent of the boys in the village namely: Leslie ‘Fats’ Robinson, Oliver ‘Dolly House’ Charles, Harold ‘Old Post’ Charles, Jude ‘Bassay’ Phillip and others, who were making music on the oil cans they collected from the gas stations and tuned to their likeness in those days. They named themselves ‘Tin tots’. Having had some experience in playing pan, this gentleman bought a pair of pans from Kenneth ‘Tilloty’ Hood of Wayside symphony and thereafter got his good friends Steve “ Spanky” Cyrus and Jonathan “Jukie” Phillip to make some others pans for the boys to play; resulting in the re-birth of a steel band in the community of St. Paul’s in 1967. Realizing the potential of the boys, he saw the need to expand the group and invited Joshua “Timmy” Mason to help with the chords and later Evelyn “Brat” Bullen to do the musical arrangements. The band was then re-christened ‘Commancheros’, a name given to the group by Adrian ‘Shakey’ Hayes one of the members.