Meet the Three Amigos - Odie Franklin, Marc Brooks and Kendall Williams - Panists, Panorama Arrangers - UpClose!

Humble, focused, respectful and thoughtful workaholics - this multitalented cadre of steelband arrangers is leaving their mark on the global steelband music circuit in a huge way. In an exclusive interview with When Steel Talks, the ‘Three Amigos,’ as they have been so fittingly tagged - share moments, experiences and thoughts as they head into another Panorama season in the ultimate steelband music arena seeking knowledge, wisdom and ‘gold.’

Friends, supporters and fellow competitors. Indeed a special relationship and bond have emerged among New York steelband music arrangers Odie Franklin, Marc Brooks and Kendall Williams. Dubbed “The Three Amigos,” because of their friendship, it is their success on stage as steelband Panorama arrangers that has propelled them into global prominence and recognition within the steelband music artform.

Odie Franklin, Kendall Williams and Marc Brooks
Odie Franklin, Kendall Williams and Marc Brooks

Immensely talented, each is a firmly skilled and established musician and arranger in his own right.

In 2015 the crew made history at the International Conference and Panorama (ICP) held in Trinidad and Tobago, with a fourth place position as arrangers for Brooklyn Steel Orchestra. And then again this year (2018) as they placed 2nd in the prestigious Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama Finals as arrangers for Skiffle Steel Orchestra.

Odie Franklin, Kendall Williams and Marc Brooks
Odie Franklin, Kendall Williams and Marc Brooks

On the secret of their seamless operation and continued success with this very uncommon arrangement, the trio attributes it to their “respect” of each other and respect for what each brings to the table as individuals.

Beyond the joy of sharing their musical creations with the world, these three spirits are thinkers with an insatiable appetite for learning, which indirectly fuels their quest for knowledge and wisdom.

It has been a fantastic journey and experience thus far.

Listen to Odie, Kendall and Marc in their own words, UpClose!

Exclusive Interview  - Odie Franklin, Kendall Williams and Marc Brooks

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