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Published on August 25th, 2015 | by Robbie Joseph


UK National Panorama 2015 ‘Champions of Steel’ – Panyard Round Up – Endurance Steel Orchestra

Endurance is the brainchild of Marlon Hibbert who had the dream of starting his very own steel band. The dream became reality on the 1st July 2009 and the orchestra began with eight musicians, they soon became very busy, performing at all sorts of events in and around South East London, and all the while growing in number steadily to twenty musicians from five surrounding boroughs performing with the Orchestra on a regular basis. Marlon is very proud of the fact that the musicians are all involved in the running of the project and that they are able to help provide lessons and workshops, as well as performing to the public. Endurance is a not for profit organization and as such is committed to using every penny made to reach out to more young people and children, from performing at primary school events where much younger children can see musicians of all different races, all working together to make fun music, to showing their peers when they are out busking or providing a workshop that everyone can work together, no matter what their postcode is, this is what keeps Marlon and the musicians focused and driven, and hopefully his enthusiasm for pan will spill over  into the other members and keep them on the same road.

Marlon is not only looking forward to watching Endurance grow with the years but he hopes to bring out the best in many more musicians, incorporating other instruments, including singers and songwriters in various projects and encouraging budding arrangers to use their creative skills whenever possible. They put this to good use when the orchestra performed for the opening evening of the 58th annual music festival in the village of Ashwell, Hertfordshire, and wowed the sell out crowd with an evening of Pan and Piano, making good use of the piano skills of two of the musicians, treating the audience to some intricate classical pieces as well as some jazz that could have come straight from Ronnie Scotts or even Carnegie Hall!!  The Orchestra has many events, the majority of which were held in very prestigious surroundings, no mean feat for such a young organisation, add to that the corporate events and other performances for the local community and countless private functions and you will see that as a highly competent and entertaining band Endurance are proving very popular.

Endurance are very hands on in their approach to providing the best service possible, especially when it comes to such occasions as weddings, Brides and Grooms are encouraged to think of any special tunes that they would like and the musicians are always happy to provide a tailor made service. Endurance Musicians are encouraged to suggest new tunes for the Orchestra to learn, and those that show aptitude for arranging or teaching are given every opportunity to hone their skills in a friendly and supportive environment. There is a rule in Endurance that no one is ever called or referred to as a kid, a child or a teenager, but as a musician, everyone’s skills are respected and hopefully this will give those who need the boost a little more confidence in what they can achieve.

Now that the project has a permanent home they are now able to look to the future and build the foundations for Endurance to continue and hopefully grow. And they are now able to hold lessons at the Waterside Centre, Avenue Road, South Norwood, London SE25 4DX

This year Endurance has pulled out all the stops to compete at the UK National Steelband Panorama competition on Saturday 29th August 2015 at Horniman’s Pleasance, Kensal Road, West London. Marlon is their musical arranger and his musically arranged rendition of Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe;s ‘ Happiness’  will see them play in position number one (1) setting the standard for the other bands in the inconic competition to follow.


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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