- Renegades is into the homestretch, quite excited
and 'very optimistic' about their upcoming participation in Saturday's final
competition, the band's manager Michael Marcano told
When Steel Talks. They placed seventh in the
semi-finals almost two weeks ago, but have since 'sharpened things up.'
The only steel orchestra (when fielding as many as one hundred and twenty
musicians) to have copped the championship three consecutive times in panorama
history, Renegades is looking to score another historic first, by winning the first-ever
major panorama finals to be held in Skinner Park, south Trinidad on Saturday
Renegades had four tunes to choose from at the beginning of
the season; eventually members opted for 'Band
From Space' composed by Amrit Samaroo and sung by Edwin Ayoung aka Crazy.
The band is no stranger to playing selections composed 'in house'
meaning, on several prior occasions
they have taken music penned by long-time resident arranger
Dr. Jit Samaroo and Marcano himself, to the panorama arena. The difference
this time is that Samaroo is arranging music written by his son Amrit, who is a
recognized arranger in his own right, and this is a first for him, his famous
father and Renegades steel orchestra.
Marcano attributes the choice of panorama material to the
current make-up of Renegades, where many of the musicians have grown up under
Amrit himself in his capacity as arranger for Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra.
"They are quite excited about playing a piece by Amrit [now as players with the
As far Samaroo, Sr. is concerned, Marcano says that he thinks
that Dr. Samaroo himself is quite excited about doing something with music
composed by his son. He also noted that interestingly, the piece was
written in a minor key, and that as Samaroo, Sr. is quite adept at, and enjoys
working in minor keys, unlike many other arrangers who shy away from that
with Michael Marcano, manager, Renegades Steel
The band which is fully stocked with the competition maximum
of one hundred and twenty players is well prepared not only musically, but also
logistically as their instruments will be making the southward trek from as
early as 6:00 AM Friday morning. Arrangements have been made to
accommodate the players, and the band has secured the facilities of one of the
schools in the south, so the pan musicians can be at ease during their practice
sessions Friday night and Saturday during the day, in preparation for the
In summing up, Michael Marcano noted that not only the
panorama, but the entire 2007 carnival celebrations have been 'rocked' with
intricacies, 'what with so many changes' he elaborated. The main 'change'
is the non-availability of the Grand Stand at the Queen's Park Savannah
attributed to impending demolition, forcing the re-location of all major
competition, including the Panorama finals, and parade of bands. Despite
the changes, the Renegades' manager believes that it will be a happy carnival.
"It will be a fine one; it will be a little different, but change never comes
easy," Marcano ended.