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Winston Gordon
Arranger
Redemption Sound Setters
Steel Orchestra
2005 T&T Panorama Season
 


 

Date: 1.17.05

  Redemption Sound Setters Steel Orchestra is one of the three large conventional bands out of Tobago, the sister isle of Trinidad. With musicians ranging from ten years of age to the ranks of senior citizens, the steel orchestra is well underway and full of confidence for 2005. They are just one of the bands who this year have adopted the motto of "forward ever, backward never" in their choice of a Panorama selection for the 2005 competition.  The band's seasoned arranger, Winston Gordon, told When Steel Talks  that De Fosto's From Beyond  was agreed on by the band's executive committee, and that everyone was generally pleased with how things were progressing.

Winston Scarborough aka De Fosto had given Redemption Sound Setters his music early, and they were happy with what they heard and the time frame in which they got it.  "They had never considered 'going back,'" Gordon says, adding that they have given From Beyond a "good treatment" introducing various styles into their arrangement including touches of jazz and the classics.

The arranger himself spoke of the musicality of the piece, touching on the melodic lines and chord structure which allowed for development into an eight-minute competition piece.  "The arrangement has been in the works for about two months, and is now ready to go."  Gordon said that the consensus from listeners and supporters was pretty good, and that "he himself feels good about it." 

In recent memory, Redemption Sound Setters made it to the finals in 2003 and 2004.  Gordon remains confident that the steel orchestra will once again share the stage with other bands on Finals night in the large conventional category. 

Redemption Sound Setters' stage side is active throughout the year and performs at various engagements in Tobago.  They are contracted to two of the major hotels in there, including the Hilton Hotel, where they perform each week with about fifteen to twenty players.  Redemption  Sound Setters play out regularly at other venues during the year as well.

Finally on behalf of his steel orchestra, arranger Winston Gordon took time out to say hello to the band's  North American, U.K. and Canadian fan bases, and thanked them for their continuous support and expressed his appreciation.  Looking forward to a very good performance for their preliminary round on Tuesday 18 January, Gordon said that he believed that the other steel orchestras were equally well prepared and was sure that the night of judging would be filled with very good music from them all.  

When Steel Talks    

Preliminary judging ends January 18. 

C. Phillips, Basement Press Corp.
2005 When Steel Talks - All Rights Reserved

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