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Published on August 23rd, 2016 | by Robbie Joseph

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UK National Panorama 2016 – Panyard Round Up – Caribbean Steel International – CSI

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 2016 is ‘Pan By Storm’ by Designer.  Brent is their musical arranger, 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 ‘Pan by Storm.’

Brent is hoping that 2016 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 2016 Finalists – Order of Appearance:

BAND TUNE COMPOSER ARRANGER TUNER(s) MANAGER CAPTAIN
CSI Steelband Trust Pan By Storm Designer Brent Holder “Mapo” Richardson Brent Holder MBE  Tanisha Elcock
Ebony Steelband Cheers to Life Voice Duvone Stewart Dudley Dickson Pepe Francis MBE Anesha Carbon
Real Steel Nostalgia Carlton ‘Panman’ Harewood Leroy Clarke Toussaint Clarke Leroy Clarke
Mangrove Steel Band Different Me 5Star Akil Andre White Bertrand “Birch” Kellman Debi Gardner Andrew Facey
Metronomes Steel Orchestra Different Me 5Star Akil Annise ‘Halfers’ Hadeed Toussaint Clarke & Grafton Yearwood Eversley Mills Vivian Miller
Croydon Steel Orchestra Different Me 5Star Akil David Ijaduola Emily “Bacchanal” Lemmerman Paul Dowie Jody Moosetach-Humphries & Temitayo Ken Afolabi
London All Stars Soca Ruption Simon Superville Phil ‘DBL’ Rollock Frank Rollock Frank Rollock Shanai Rollock
Endurance Steel Orchestra Different Me 5Star Akil Marlon Hibbert Toussaint Clarke & Yann Brabant Shareen Gray Marlon Hibbert


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