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Renegades hailed on 50 years of success
The sound of steelpan success rang clear as pioneering band BP Renegades was recognised for its significant achievements amassed over the 50 years of Panorama celebrated this year.
The Panorama Prize Distribution and Awards Ceremony hosted by Pan Trinbago at Cascadia Hotel on February 22, was truly a golden celebration as it saw the band collecting a number of awards including recognition as one of the 12 bands that is still functioning following the first official Panorama competition in 1963.
It also marked a sense of renewal as the band celebrated its third-place performance in the 2013 Large Bands category performing Shock Attack. Among the honours received by the band was being one of the 42 performers in the first Panorama competition.
Also receiving special awards were longstanding tuner, Bertram “Butch” Kellman and iconic arranger Dr Jit Samaroo, who led Renegades to nine Panorama championships, including the only hat-trick to be achieved by a steelband.
Explaining the significance of the event was Michael Marcano, president of BP Renegades, who said in a release from the band: “The night has been a fantastic experience and it is further demonstration that our plans are coming to fruition. The entire band feels re-energised and we are seeing a resurgence bolstered by the enduring support of bpTT.
“We will be stepping it up even more going into the 2014 season and this is a clear declaration to the pan fraternity–Renegades is back!”
It was an especially poignant moment for BP Renegades’ arranger Duvone Stewart who was recognised as one of the winning arrangers having also led San Juan East Side Symphony to success in the 2013 single-pan competition.
“Renegades has been getting better every single time we play and there is a chemistry and energy flowing through the band that is building on our creativity and ability to perform. We share a great relationship and the rest of the year will be about fine-tuning and showing that as a band, we are a cut above the rest. It took us a few years but 2014 will see us going straight to the top,” Stewart said.
Giving support to the band on the occasion was Norman Christie, regional president, BP Trinidad and Tobago, longstanding sponsor of Renegades.
Christie was also tasked with presenting the bpTT-sponsored championship trophies to the winning bands in the various categories of the 2013 Panorama competition.
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