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Remembering Allan Turner and his son, Brandon Turner

by Sherwin Thwaites

Maryland, USA - On May 23, 2020 the world lost Allan Turner and just a mere 10 days later, his son Brandon Turner was taken from us unexpectedly.

Brandon and his dad, Allan Turner
Brandon and his dad, Allan Turner

Allan, although not a pan player in the physical sense was an extreme pan enthusiast/pan jumbie! Notably, he is a cousin of Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. His apartment in Brooklyn housed the DMV panists who traveled up to play for Panorama every year. His kids Brandon and Erica were both ace panists playing with Pantonic and Despers USA in Brooklyn. They also played with The Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFE) in Maryland, Pan Masters Steel Orchestra, Trini Pan America and Pan Jammers. “Allan T” was also known for being the photographer for pan events and tons of Brooklyn parties and boat rides. Allan leaves behind 3 daughters and 4 granddaughters. He will be remembered through numerous funny stories and a lifetime of memories.

Brandon was an exceptional father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He had a generous spirit, sharp wit, and infectious laugh that will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He began learning to play with CAFE under the tutelage of Leon “Smooth” Edwards. When his sister joined Pan Masters, which was the natural progression to an adult band, Brandon seemed apprehensive, if memory serves correctly. After some time he gave in and became a cello player. Eventually he progressed to become a section leader. He later played with Pantonic and DC Pan Jammers. Most recently, Brandon was the videographer for his brother-in-law, Sherwin Thwaites’, musical tribute “Pan by Storm”, The Storm Continues, dedicated to the late Ken “Professor” Philmore. Please view below.

With all of the emotional pain and stress that death brings, it also brings financial burdens. Brandon leaves behind his loving wife, Asta, and his beautiful 2-year old daughter, Ariah. We are humbly asking for donations to help offset the costs of Brandon’s funeral expenses, and to provide financial support to Asta and Ariah as they attempt to adjust to life without Brandon.

Brandon Turner

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