Meet Odie Franklin - Arranger for Despers USA Steel
Orchestra - Up close!
an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks,
steelpanist and arranger Odie Franklin shares his views, passion and
expectations for his maiden voyage into New York’s panorama
musical arena. “Trini” is the 2011 tune of choice for Despers
USA Steel Orchestra as the baton is again passed to a new
He is extremely humble, shy, knowledgeable, confident, very respectful and cognizant of the moment and opportunity he has been afforded as the 2011 panorama arranger of one of the stalwart musical institutions in the USA - New York’s Despers USA Steel Orchestra. Yet this young, gifted 23 year-old musician is not
the least bit perturbed or overwhelmed by the great responsibility that has been placed in his hands. Meet Odie Franklin, the 2011 arranger for Despers USA Steel Orchestra.
Clearly Odie comes firmly out of the Despers tradition and custom - the organization before the individual. Even as this interview concluded Odie’s main expressed concern was that he had not forgotten to properly
and thank his bands-mates, and the elders of the Despers USA institution like Vern Rosemin, Clement Franklin, Wilfred Kieal and Edgar Gamory among others who have believed, supported, prepared and pushed him to meet the challenge of arranging for the likes of a Despers USA.
Odie Franklin at Despers’ Pan Loft
Odie Franklin after performing with Despers recently