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Do you know which steelband was in the first three spots of the Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama Competition 15 times between 1980 and 1997? Well then type: renegades.co.tt in your browser and get not only the answer to the question but learn all there is to know about the world famous, BP Renegades Steel Orchestra, from their brand new web site.

Developed for the band by Herman Brathwaite, the new site provides information on the history and development of the band from its inception in 1948, to present time. You can also flip through the profiles of the arrangers or learn of past, present and up coming events. You will find information there too of the Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra, but best of all, you can listen to recordings of live performances of their Festival Band, Stage Side and the Youth Steel Orchestra. So why then are you still wasting time reading this blog when you can simply check out the website instead. Beats me.

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Dr JIT SamarooThe Honorary Doctorate bestowed on Dr Samaroo was truly deserved

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 1:25am 1 Comment

Dr JIT Samaroo

The Honorary Doctorate bestowed on Dr Samaroo was truly deserved

He is the most gifted and the humblest of persons I have ever met and known in my entire life.

He has left us a legacy and record that will not be easily broken/achieved in a long, long time.

He has left the Renegades Steel Orchestra with many fond memories and achievements that will never be forgotten by generations.

As a true Trini son of the soil; he excelled in the musical field, and let…


R.I.P Edwin Pouchet

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:23am 10 Comments

My heartfelt Condolences and that of the BP Renegades Steel Orchestra go out to the family and friends of the late Edwin Pouchet; as well as to his band, Silver Stars with whom Renegades sheared a close relationship. May you Rest In Peace Brother; I will always remember you as a sincere friend and an excellent steelband arranger and administrator.


Posted on October 29, 2011 at 2:09pm 20 Comments

It is now official, Duvone Stewart will take the BP Renegades Steel

Orchestra to the Savannah for Panorama 2K12. The popular Charlotte Street band

has won the national competition on nine occasions (including a hatric between

1995 and 1997) with arrangements by its former musical director, Dr Jit

Samaroo. Since Dr Samaroo’s retirement in 2007, the band has been out of the

top three placing but according to its President, Michael Marcano, is determined

to stick to its…



Posted on February 24, 2011 at 10:35am 30 Comments


(Sandra Blood writes on the humbling of Renegades)

 Renegades extends congratulations to the bands that are cited to perform at Panorama finals come Saturday 5th February, while at the same time, thinks it fitting to addresses the unfortunate circumstance that skewed the judges ability to properly hear its rendition.

On Thursday February 10, five days before Panorama preliminaries, a feature “Renegades coming ready,…


BP Renegades off to Folle Journey Music Festival in France

Posted on January 28, 2011 at 1:01pm 0 Comments

Nine times Panorama Champions Bp Renegades Steel Orchestra flew out of Trinidad on January 26 to participate in the 2011 staging of the Folle Journee Classical Music Festival in France. Led by Captain Candice Andrews, the group comprises of tenor players Levi Ettienne, Kain Cox, Marvis Mohammed, Micahi Felician and Kershiff Perry; Double-tenor player Cleveland King and Anthony Lewis; as well as double-guitar players Jessica Bentick and Lisa Dureaux. The bassists are Kayesha Ollivierre, Ayesha… Continue

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At 2:40pm on December 8, 2013, Willoughby francis said…

Hey Michael, Do you know whether the radio station plans to stream its programming so it can be played on sites and Apps such as "Tune In"? We can only listen to you on an internet based computer, not mobile devices on the move.

At 3:55pm on July 29, 2013, Winston Dayal ( alias Gons) said…
Hey Michael , what's up ? , my brother in law Clive Mohammed from North Carolina asked me to give you a shout out . I am in Arima this week , maybe we can meet and share some pan memories . Blessings Winston (Gons )
At 9:15pm on October 29, 2011, Ian Franklin said…

Thanks Michael,

                         I received two replies of the same name, so I wil have to go with that.

The lighting on the webcam at the studio can be a little brighter. (lol)

At 10:34pm on April 28, 2010, russel vasquez gave Michael Marcano a gift
thank you Mr M Marcano our steel pan is going places i hope other band follow suite
At 1:01am on February 14, 2009, RenegadesFan said…
Michael, that was just simply a great arrangment Amrit did for the band. I'm playing it over and over again and enjoying it more every time. I picked up many of his father's music sprinkled throughout. Was that a little combination of From Beyond, Mystery Band & Pan on the Road at around the 2:00 mark? I might be mistaken but that's what it sounded like. I heard snippets from others as well: Iron Man, Sound of the Ghost, the guitar pan solo from Guitar Pan & Pan in A Minor. And my gosh, I'm pretty sure that was One Bad Apple at the opening, Jit's very first arrangement for the band! I can't wait until the 21st to see what Amrit will add or change to the Finals version...
At 7:31am on February 2, 2009, sherwin cooper said…
thank for adding me as a friend
At 1:47pm on January 29, 2009, RenegadesFan said…
Thank you for adding me as friend. I think you're a manager for the orchestra if i'm not mistaken? Pass along my support to Jit and his son please. I've been a huge fan of them for some time now. I wasn't able to make the trip down to Trinidad for Panorama this year but I'm really looking forward to hearing Amrit's arrangement of "Dr. Jit" at the Semi's.
At 12:18pm on January 28, 2009, Kelly Ramlal said…
It sounded great last night. I've recently quite my job and now i have time so i am going to start learning the tune from tomorrow...if just to know it and practice it and be part of the experience...i'm not sure if i'll come up to standard in time or whether there would be space. i'm trying to call Miguel today to see what he thinks and if it's ok and whether to learn high or low parts....I get a feeling that this might be the year of the comeback - once, as you say, everything is executed properly. All of that music that did so well in the past was almost flawlessly performed in the competitions - it can't be any less this time around or it won't have the desired impact.
At 2:09pm on January 25, 2009, Kelly Ramlal said…
Hey, how's the music going? I plan to come hear you guys soon. I gave my one month's notice to quit my job this past week - and now I'm on leave.



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