Meet Khan Cordice - Director, Educator, Performing Artist and Arranger -  UpClose!

An exclusive interview with When Steel Talks

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From an initial entry into the steelband arranging arena back in 2008 because it was “a CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) requirement” for his music exams, he is now a respected educator in his own right. While continuing as a performing artist presently, Khan Cordice leads the music program in one of the educational institutions—Clare Hall Secondary School where he is the acting Head of Department—in his twin-island country of Antigua and Barbuda; and so the journey of this abundantly talented individual evolves and continues to astound.

Khan Cordice
Khan Cordice

Even at a younger age, Khan’s talent was set in stone, when as a mere teenager he surpassed veteran musicians in the field of arranging in the Moods of Pan festival in his country back in 2008, triumphing that night.  Months later he proceeded to repeat his winning ways and garner more accolades in the even larger annual steelband music competition known as ‘Panorama.’

And so it was, as an already-established performer and champion music arranger making his mark, Khan Cordice joined the student body at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. He completed his Bachelor’s degree there, and selected Northern Illinois University for his Master’s, all the while returning home annually to arrange for the one hundred-twenty-plus-strong Hells Gate Steel Orchestra, continuing to rack up championship titles along the way. Not to be overlooked, First Class Honors and more were also his rewards along his path of illumination.

Now, with the formalities (music degrees) under his belt, and an even wider worldview of music at his command, a humble but quietly confident Khan Cordice is set to change the world - one initiative, and one student at a time in his country, sharing his knowledge and experience. At the same time, his evolution as an artist and musician extraordinaire maintains, unfolding, one note at a time. Here is his story - to date… in WST’s live interview.


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