In 1970 under the leadership of Mr. Thaddeus Barrow, The Southland was blessed with the first Belize/Caribbean Band, The Skyliters.
It began with a vision that became a reality. A group of young musicians, Bill Cayetano, bass player (who gave the group its .name), and six others began sharing the Belizean cultural experience with Belizeans and Caribbean peoples here in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Fran cisco. They were later joined by Patrick and Raymond Barrow, EarlWaite, Eddie, Aston, Ricky Navas and Harrington Trapp.
The Skyliters has backed many popular artists such as: Lord Kitchner, Sparrow, John Jones, Calypso Rose, Lord Melon, Lord Welmington, Azuquita, Ken Lazarus, Eric Donaldson. They also performed along with Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires, when they made one of their earliest appearances in Los Angeles.
In 1973 and 1978, respectively, the band participated and won the covetted "Battle of The Band Award". Over the years, The Skyliters have thrilled many souls with their dynamic musical renditions. They graced many stages with the some of the best artists.
The Skyliters, even though a group of the past, continues to have an impact in the hearts and minds of those who were privileged enough to hear them perform.
Tonight as a rear treat, because of the creative spirit of Mrs. Marva Barrow and friends, The Skyliters are once again here with us (a rebirth)on this important occasion as a special treat to all Dads.
For their dedication, and wonderful contribution to the Belizean,
Caribbean and American Communities, again:
OUR SPECIAL THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO
THE SKYLITERS BAND