Message Sent to
"Watch Your Backs, We're Coming"
York - The season has just begun and already there have
been some major developments on the New York 2007 Panorama scene
that can have far reaching impact on the Big Apple's
steelband music landscape for years. Sesame Flyers has
secured the services of respected arranger Pelham Goddard (who
arranged for Marsicans from 2002-2005), and Harmony has brought
Ken "Professor" Philmore (who last arranged in New York for
Sonatas in 2003). Both Sesame and more so Harmony, are
young groups; they have made significant strides and progress in
recent years. The introduction of these two proven
arrangers into the bands' respective mixes will raise
expectations for these two music organizations as they contend
for a position among the New York panorama heavyweights.
Not to be outdone - Crossfire Steel Orchestra has turned over
the arranging reins to New York favorite Anthony 'Pra' Trebuse,
one of the mainstays and founders of now-defunct Pan Rebels.
Crossfire has made significant upgrades to its instruments in
recent years. These improvements coupled with the change
in arranger may propel Crossfire into the upper echelons of the
New York steelband elite.
In recent years, the 'high-rent district' of the Big Apple
panorama steelband world has been the exclusive domain of
world-renowned NY power houses - CASYM, Pantonic, Sonatas and
D'Radoes. 2007 may not be the year when the big guns have
to look over their shoulders, however - the others have served
early notice that they are committed to getting better,
and that they are coming.