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Meet Kobie Alleyne of Florida, USA - Steelpan performing artist

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Kobie Alleyne is currently 20 years old and recently completed his 2nd year at Berklee College of Music. A son of Trinidad parentage, he enjoys playing many different genres of music. Since he was born into a home surrounded by the instruments which everyone played, he naturally began experimenting at an early age. A mentor of his once commented, “Kobie is just made of music.”

An avid fan of jazz, Kobie was often featured with his middle and high schools’ jazz ensembles. When his schedule permitted, he participated in various local jazz and blues jam sessions, including Gold Coast Jazz Society’s First Friday Jazz which he began attending when he was 9-years old. He also performs with Steel Away, a band started by his parents in 1993.

At 14, he made his debut as an arranger for his band Sticks ‘n Tones at Panorama hosted by Miami-Broward One Carnival in October 2014. Three years later at 17, he became the youngest arranger to win Panorama in that competition’s history. He captured the title for a second time in 2019, this time with an arrangement for Steel Away.

As a soloist, Kobie has won two local talent shows and has shared the stage with many prominent musicians, among them some original band members of Third World and Inner Circle when he participated in Rhythms of Africa 2015. He also performed at the 19th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Miami, Florida.

He enjoys Panorama and travels to Trinidad and Tobago regularly where he has been a participant in the National Panorama Competition with bands in all categories since he first played with Trinidad All Stars when he was just 10 years old. He has met some of the country’s finest jazz musicians and has been included in jazz sessions with them. He participates in Panorama in New York as well with Adlib Steel Orchestra.

Before he graduated from high school, Kobie spent his summers experiencing music in a variety of environments where he had the distinct honor of studying under some of the world’s foremost jazz musicians, including the Frost Young Musician’s Camp at the University of Miami, Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut, Berklee’s Five Week Performance Summer Program, Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute at Newport Jazz Festival, NIU Jazz Camp, NYU’s Jazz Improv Workshop and the National Jazz Workshop at George Mason University.

Kobie looks forward to continuing his musical development through composing, arranging and performing and to that end is working towards a Performance degree at Berklee College of Music.

He has thoroughly enjoyed his experience at Exodus Steel Orchestra’s International Pan Ramajay 2020.

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