From the back of the record sleeve:
Formed in 1972. this is the only known Steel Drum Band of its kind in Canada, composed of 25 High School students, ages 14-17. The band is sponsored by the Lancaster Kiwanis Club of St. John West, as a service project.
The instruments themselves, except for the percussion section, are hand made, a long and patient process. They are pounded out and tuned from used, especially selected, 45 gallon steel oil drums, of a specific gauge. With a range of 4 2-3 octaves, the band has some 56 notes available to perform every kind of music.
The players, working twice a week as a unit, have reached a level of expertise which puts large demands on their services. They perform approximately 40 times a year for public and private functions including - concerts, conventions, parades and music festivals.
Their high level of performance resulted in the taping of a CBC television program - "The Sound Of Steel".
In December of 1974, the band established a "world first". Under the direction of the internationally famous conductor , Skitch Henderson, a Concerto for Steel Band and Symphony, Steelhenge, especially written by Eldon Rathburn, a New Brunswick native and national Film Board composer, was performed on tour through the Maritimes Provinces with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Henderson is quoted as having said: "There are alot of transplanted Jamaicans who have steel bands in New York, but never anything like this, at least in my experience". I would say it is the only band of this virtuosity in North America.
The virtuosity referred to is well displayed in this recording.