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New York - Steelband arranger and guitarist Scipio Sargeant passed away earlier today. SCIPIO “Skip” or “Sarge” Sargeant was born in Trinidad. At an early age he distinguished himself as one of the top musicians in his home country. As co-arranger for Despers USA, Sargeant won a record five of the orchestra’s six consecutive New York Panorama Championships from 1993–1998.

When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family of Scipio Sargent.

click for WST exclusive interview with Scipio Sarge.

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NOTICE RE SCIPIO SARGEANT

Here are the details regarding final rites for SCIPIO SARGEANT:

Viewing and Wake - Sunday, April 26, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
R. Steven Legall Funeral Home, 169 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn

Mass - Monday morning, April 27, 9:30 AM
St Francis of Assisi Church, Nostrand Avenue & Lincoln Road, Brooklyn

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Sorry to hear about Scipio,

Not too long ago his brother Les Sargeant passed away also. Both brothers were outstanding guitarists in Trinidad back in the days when top bands in Trinidad featured their lead guitarists.

I remember when he replaced Freddie Harris, another great guitarist, in the popular Clarence Curvan orchestra back in the sixties..
Freddie was a tough act to follow, but Skip didn't miss a beat.

Goodbye, Rest in Peace, Scipio Sargeant ,and my best wishes to his family.
Please send us the funeral arrangements. My condolences go out to his family. I would like to have some of my students play for his funeral. He helped arrange for the Philippa Schuyler Steel Ensemble in 04-05. He was one of a kind and a talented guitarist.

We will miss him and his smile!
Stay up, Pan family!
R.I.P skip.
You will be missed. RIP
I first met Scipio Sargeant when I was a teenager playing with Witco Desperadoes in 1967 That year he had replaced Mr. Beverly Griffith as arranger for the band He arranged a calypso sung by the Mighty Sparrow named the Governors Ball. That was he first try in arrangeing a Panorama tune. He did a fantastic job Despers came second that year. He will always be remembered as great musician and steelband arranger. MY condolenses to his a family.He will be missed. Sarge my boy thanks for the music it will live on forever.
Hello Valentine Young,
I also began as a teenager with Despers in 1967. Are you from Laventille Road as I am.
I remember about four teens from outside of Laventille came and played with Despers that year. Please advise.
Thank You,
Ian Franklin
I CAME TO DESPERS IN 1965 THEY WERE THEN SPONSORED BY COCA COLA. I CAME THE SAME YEAR WITH ROBERT GREENIDGE -CLYDE BABB - FRANK[CRAWL] FINLAY -MICHAEL BROOMS. GEORGE SAUL WAS THE CAPTAIN THAT YEAR HE USED TO PLAY THE LOW TENOR AS MYSELF, IN THOSE DAYS CORBEAU JACK WAS THE MAIN TUNER ALONG WITH RUDOLPH CHARLES.
I BOUGHT YOUR BOOK IN TRINIDAD ON JOURVERT MORNING IN DESPERADOES AND WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE ACCURACY OF A LOT A THINGS YOU MENTIONED, THE BOOK IS VERY INFORMATIVE. I RECCOMMEND IT TO ALL PAN LOVERS.
Hello Valentine,
Nice of you to reply. If you do not mind, can I call you or you call me.
If you are in the US, my telephone numbers are home; (954) 792-1879, cell (954) 593-5853.
If you reside in T&T, send me your number and I will call. my e mail address is laventl@aol.com

Thanks,
Ian
ps: I remember selling a book near Renegades pan yard on J'ouvert morning.
Desperadoes Steel Orchestra wishes to extend condolences to the family of Sarge as he was known by most of the players when he assisted with arranging Governor's Ball (aka Mr Prospect) for the band in 1967.May he Rest in Peace.
My condolences to the family,

This is a real loss, the loss of a great musician, arranger, composer and friend...he had so much more to give. I will miss him, I will miss his humor and his desire to help people when no one else cared. He had a real good heart and I think everyone knew that about him...he will be remembered through his music, which he has blessed us with:

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May he rest in peace.
He was a talented one, My best wishes to his family
I deeply regret hearing about the passing of Scipio Sargeant. I knew he was ill, but didn't know how seriously. I will like to take this opportunity to extend my condolence to his family and friends. It was a wonderful experience playing together with him for quite a few years. He will be missed.
Ron Beridge
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