Date of Birth: 21st March 1924
Place of Birth: Laventille
Sterling Bantacourt was a Tamboo Bamboo player in the late 1930s.
He was a member of the Tripoli Steelband and later moved over to Crossfire where he became its Captain and Tuner.
Both Tripoli and Crossfire bands were located in St. James and were among the early group of bands formed in Trinidad in the 1940s.
He was one of the panmen selected to join TASPO as a representative of Trinidad and Tobago at the 1851 Festival of Britain which was held at the South Bank Complex in London.
He stayed in England after the festival, and formed a trio with Russell Henderson and Ralph Cherrie. and played at various nightclubs. Bantacourt played the tenor-pan the trio was the first of its kind in Europe
He worked assiduously at getting the British school system to include Steelband music in its curriculum. And made his living playing and teaching Steelband music in the primary and secondary schools of London.
At the Inaugural Notting Hill Carnival in 1965, Betancourt band was the only Steelband in the parade. Through his contributions to the furtherance of the art form in England, he received an honorary degree in London. On 1st January 2002, he was made a member of the British Empire.
He is an Ambassador for Steelband music and has played in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Bahrain, Dubai, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland.