First Serenade Band sets eye on comeback

Band manager Carlton Winston (right) makes a point while trombonist Chris Dangleben looks on
Band manager Carlton Winston (right) makes a point while trombonist Chris Dangleben looks on

With popular hits such as “Donkey Tricks”, “Do the Wiper”, “Old Mass Medley”, and “Chicken Riddim” under its belt local band, First Serenade, is setting its eye on making a comeback.

Dominicans were treated to the music of the band during the island’s just concluded 35th Independence celebration and manager Carlton Winston said it is coming back into the limelight because of requests from fans across Dominica.

“What inspired us was really the audience out there who have been asking for that  different genre of music,” he told Dominica News Online. “They have been saying that the music we once played for them in years gone by, they need to hear that kind of music again because we played a variety of music.”

Trombonist, Christopher Dangleben added that the band is making a comeback since members believe that the music being played presently is “not music.”

The First Serenade Band was popular in Dominica for over 20 years before what members described as “internal pressure and external forces wanting to push their own agenda” resulted in it splitting up for the past eight years.

Winston pointed out that there have been some changes in the band and this is expected to improve its output.

“There have been some changes in the band. Technology has moved by leaps and bounds, so you have to bring in new blood into the band. There has been a change in our membership but many of the old heads are still there to put in the experience, talent and professionalism,” he stated.

Dangleben pointed out that First Serenade has always opted not to play its music through machines, which makes it unique. “If you go back into our archives you will see that our music has always been different in terms of the musicianship, the capability of the musicians … we always play, we don’t depend on machines or sequence music … we play our music,” he noted.

Both Winston and Dangleben noted that the band will continue to play various genres of music that will cater to all audiences in any part of the world.

In recent times the band performed at the 11th annual Creole in the Park and Fete La Pwent.

Both members advised the public that they should look forward to an album soon and they hope that the band will be able to perform at the 2014 Carnival Parade.

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  1. blessings
    November 17, 2013

    i wonder if balanced would have told swinging stars that?

  2. soufriere massive
    November 13, 2013

    well dat is culture. “I want to jam ah ……” real carnival session. well done king carlty Sir. give us another fantastic 20 yrs if u can. BLOW SERENADE BLOW.

  3. ...
    November 13, 2013

    FINALLY! real bouyon

  4. pointe mitchel
    November 13, 2013

    i want balanced to know that this serenade has never attempted to be back so he or she needs to get his or her act right.find out information before you come out and just write.there is a difference between first serenade and original god are you living in space?i was at creole in da park and did you not see what transpired?i am from point michel and we are proud of the FIRST SERENADE BAND.

  5. lovely
    November 13, 2013

    one two three under the mango tree That was music

  6. Really!
    November 12, 2013

    We need to bring back first serenade and the original WCK and have them do a tour for a year. I think people will pay to see them

  7. Anonymous
    November 12, 2013

    Plz do – bring back the “B” or “Brass” that’s missing in our bands

  8. committed Dominican
    November 12, 2013

    Good move Carly and crew.

  9. Balanced
    November 12, 2013

    First Serenade need to recognise that their time has passed. They are now nostalgic. Their performance at the Creole in the Park was dismal to say the least. Time to help the young bands develop their craft instead of being selfish and forcing a comeback.

    Worst yet this is about their tenth attempt to comeback. Serenade thanks for your contribution but you need to know when it done its done

    • Roseau
      November 12, 2013

      It is their vacation time that has passed. Time to come back.

    • Anonymous
      November 13, 2013

      I wonder which creole in the park u attended that day…Cuz wen them man finish play people started chanting “We Want More!!”

      • fan1
        November 17, 2013

        true true, i saw it online and i want more, hope you guys coming up eastern parkway next year, cause lately the parkway has been lacking

  10. Yes
    November 12, 2013

    Yesssssss that’s what i’m taking about.

  11. serenade fan
    November 12, 2013

    when you hear the big bass in town know serenade band around.

  12. Dcauk
    November 12, 2013

    Wish you guys all the best, but what I want you to do now Carlty is teach the young ones that is willing to lean music and make sure serenade remains…

  13. Serenade die hard
    November 12, 2013

    Music to my ear. I never missed a dance when they use to perform in NYC, I own every cd and I am happy that this band is making a come back to bring the unique music they are know for.

  14. hmmm
    November 11, 2013

    I love my kkk

  15. CK $ LIFE!!
    November 11, 2013

    Im a WCK fan to the bone but that dosent mean i didnt love the music serenade band put out. Looking forward to the music you guys make love the brass section in that band.

  16. ti nom
    November 11, 2013

    rohie is still in st maarten?

  17. layou
    November 11, 2013

    Very very nice welcome back frist serenade

  18. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013

    bring back high voltage band from possie

  19. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013

    bring back high voltage from possie them man use to play music

  20. me
    November 11, 2013

    Next band is impromptu, rocked the usa canada stx stt bvi slu tnt sxm anu guada,just to name a few where have they gone, we need music not the none sense that is played these days. Guys get urselves together take back ur positions bring back music together. Welcome back seranade..

    • Edward D
      November 12, 2013

      Impromptu was it. Cellars bar on a Wednesday… those were the good old days. and don’t talk for Tony’s corner…. Impromptu come back please. We don’t need a reunion, we need you guys back for good

  21. Real Music
    November 11, 2013

    Bring back RSB too.

  22. Tyre hit de road
    November 11, 2013

    Don’t Belittle the music that other groups and performers play simply because you don’t like or cannot play it or don’t want to play it. It’s all Our Music. Big up yo your band. All the best Jah Guide. “One Love”

    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2013

      Why would I not belittle a band that sings I WAKE UP IN A NEW POUNANY? or BEND DOWN AND TAKE THE WOOD? Why would I not be disgusted at a band that cannot even sing a proper sentence? ARe you for real?

      • ...
        November 13, 2013

        you’re talking about triple kay aren’t you? :-D

  23. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013

    This is good news..without the underrated prince of bouyon Hon Eric B..with all due respect for the rest of the brothers.not sure about the comeback.

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  25. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013

    It was about time that we bring back some authentic music back!! 100% support! Do the wiper!!

  26. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013

    the best bouyoun band ever to grace dominica ….. versatile my goodness any music anytime anywhere….. come back self from citrons city!!!!!

    • Bouyon Fanatic
      November 12, 2013

      WCK was the pioneers. Serenade never played buoyon. WCK original is buoyon so how can SErenade be the best buoyon band.

      • hisan
        November 12, 2013

        get the facts right, serenade are the pioneers of bouyon, you got to back before WCK, my dear, the fact that WCK was our band, a town band, the out of town band was overlooked, but if we had listen to serenade then we would have known that is where bouyon originated.

  27. crazylady
    November 11, 2013

    Please please that my band i love them went i was a young girl and i go to dance i would dance still am ready to going i get so much of beating for my mother for the band we need them please am not living in dominica but am coming home for carnival 2014 please give me that o.k

  28. Da
    November 11, 2013

    Next one we need back is the MFR band

    • Matriculation
      November 11, 2013


      Totally support u big time on this call. MFR had a uniquely exotic bouyon style. I particular their vocals, guitar and keyboard patterns.

  29. Anonymous
    November 11, 2013

    Thats my band,

  30. Bayou of Pigs
    November 11, 2013

    Congrats!!! We want Serenade in de Jam!! Great move and keep it positive and shoot for the Stars!! My only wish is that Eric B could be back…

    • Alex8
      November 12, 2013

      Erick B is out of state he can only play where de band is at a given time

  31. R Charles
    November 11, 2013

    Brass them. Long awaited. From behind Ma Prisca shop to Galvanise disco to the community. Always a fan. Can’t wait to hear the new material.

  32. TRUTH
    November 11, 2013

    i just looked on face book and got the info archie ,stanley,carlty boogie,lloydie dangles.congrats to the guys.keep it going guys

  33. Jimi Hendrix
    November 11, 2013

    How many of the original members do you guys intend to be part of the new band?

  34. Shameless
    November 11, 2013

    Love it, love it…………more sewo to real music. Just can’t wait :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: . But Change Must Come.

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  35. YAH MAN..
    November 11, 2013


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