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Published on August 25th, 2015 | by Robbie Joseph

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UK National Panorama 2015 ‘Champions of Steel’ – Panyard Round Up – Caribbean Steel International

Brent Holder MBE formed the Caribbean Steel International steelband in 2004, after obtaining invaluable experience from working with some of the top steel bands in the UK, Trinidad and Japan with three members owing to the demand for small gigging bands. After establishing their band on the gigging circuit, CSI founding members decided to start a community group which would involve their local communities in the steel pan art form.

The Caribbean Steel International Community Group was established in November 2007 in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London. With their classes aimed at giving the public the opportunity of learning about, and how to play the steel pan instrument. CSI felt classes would be especially beneficial to those who are disabled, socially excluded and an advantage for the youths in the borough as it would keep them off the streets and teach them a culture they may not already know about, also giving them the opportunity to enhance their teamwork skills and take pride in themselves and what they can achieve.

CSI is committed to providing equal opportunities to all regardless of race, colour, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, belief and ability. Their aim is provide a safe environment for anyone to learn the Steel Pan instrument and will continue to uncover many uncharted musical areas with their steel pan instruments keeping the culture and vision alive for the future.

CSI has been victorious four times at the UK Junior Panorama competition during the period 2008 – 2012.  Their main band has had great success at the national Panorama competition

Their tune of choice for 2015 is ‘ Ah Feeling’ by Lead Pipe and Saddis. This year Brent has taken up the mantle as their musical arranger after giving Justin Richardson the role last year.  Brent  is a very establish musician whose innovative musical calling will certainly put CSI through their paces and have them energised for his musically arranged rendition of ‘Ah Feeling’.

Brent is hoping that 2015 is the year that CSI will be victorious in this National competition. CSI has had achieved third place in 2009, 2011 and 2012 in this competition.
If you ever wanted to try the steel pan or have played this instrument in the past and would like to get back into it, now is a great time to start. Their classes run weekly, everyone is welcome from age 8-adult. To contact CSI email them at csibrent@gmail.com or contact Brent on 07932 400 166.

 

UK Panorama 2015 Finalists Playing Positions:

Band Tune Arranger Composer Singer
Endurance Steel Orchestra Happiness Marlon Hibbert Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe

 

Olatunji Yearwood
Metronomes Steel Orchestra Ah Feeling Anise ‘Halfers’ Hadeed Lead Pipe and Saddis Lead Pipe and Saddis
Croydon Steel Orchestra Like Ah Boss  

David Ijaduola

Machel Montano Machel Montano
Mangrove Steel Band In My House Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe Oba Oba
Real Steel Jam Dem Hard Leroy Clarke  Denise Belfon  Denise Belfon
Ebony Steelband Trust Ah Feeling Duvonne Stewart Lead Pipe and Saddis Lead Pipe and Saddis
CSI Steelband Trust Ah Feeling Brent Holder MBE Lead Pipe and Saddis Lead Pipe and Saddis

 

 

 


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