BP Renegades Steel Orchestra’s Captain, Andrew Brumant headed a 21 member contingent of the popular Port of Spain band that left Trinidad for France on January 21, to perform at the Folle Journee Classical Festival. The band is scheduled to make several appearances under the baton of conductor Desmond Waithe, performing a repertoire of strictly, Johann Sebastien Bach’s compositions. A similar size contingent of the band missed the National Panorama Finals last year to appear at the very festival between January 24th and February 4th. This time they will miss only the preliminary round of the competition as they will be back in Trinidad on February 2nd—in time to compete in the large band category of the North/East National Panorama Semifinals carded for the Queens Park Savannah on Sunday February 8.
Renegades is also booked to appear at the Folle Journee Classical Festivals in Bilbao Spain from March 5 to 8 and Japan from May 2 to 6, and will also undertake a summer tour of Japan in July followed by a European tour during the months of October to December 2009. The full list of players making the trip to France is: 2008 Steelband Festival Champion Soloist, Micahi Felician; Selwyn John; Levi Ettienne; Marvis Mohammed; Cleveland King; Anthony Lewis; Kurn Lopez; Candice Andrews; Ishmael Wharton; Stacy Doughlin; Anthony Crichlow; Lisa Durieux; Aaron Franklin; Joel Allick; Ayesha Moses; Rudolph Grant; Christian Benton; Vance Romain; Juma Simmons; together with Captain, Andrew Brumant and Arranger/Conductor Desmond Waithe.