Dear Mas Bands: Hear Our Cries

Are you tired of feeling let down during the costume collection process? Well, you’re certainly not alone. As a seasoned veteran of the carnival scene, I’ve had my fair share of disappointments over the years. But instead of dwelling on the negatives, I decided to turn those complaints into solutions for mas bands to implement.

In the Fall of 2023, I reached out to my social media supporters and asked them to share their tips and suggestions to help mas bands improve their operations. And let me tell you, the response was overwhelming! So, in this episode, appropriately titled “Dear Mas Bands,” I’m diving into the insights and advice provided by myself and my community.

But before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me give you a bit of background about myself. With nearly two decades of experience in education administration, event hosting, and small business ownership, I like to think I’ve picked up a thing or two along the way. From managing school operations and stakeholder communications,  to juggling the intricacies of handmade goods distribution, I’ve learned the importance of efficient processes and effective communication.

Covered in this Episode:

  • Birthday celebrations thwarted
  • Why I’m not in Trinidad
  • Planning
  • Training
  • Operations & Logistics
  • Communication
  • Accountability
  • Mas band appreciation survey

Dear mas bands, in the world of mas production, the way you handle challenges can make or break your reputation. So, let’s lead with empathy, communicate with clarity, and always strive for improvement. After all, it’s the support of the carnival community that keeps us going.

If there’s a Mas band you’d like to shout out for excellent service and/or noteworthy operations management practices, please complete our anonymous Mas Band Appreciation Form. We’ll pass your kind words along for all to see!