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

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…

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Added by Michael Marcano on January 11, 2016 at 1:25am — 1 Comment

R.I.P Edwin Pouchet

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.

Added by Michael Marcano on March 23, 2014 at 11:23am — 10 Comments

DUVONE STEWART TAKES RENEGADES TO THE SAVANNAH IN 2K12

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…

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Added by Michael Marcano on October 29, 2011 at 2:09pm — 20 Comments

RENEGADES NOT READY?

 

(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,…

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Added by Michael Marcano on February 24, 2011 at 10:35am — 30 Comments

BP Renegades off to Folle Journey Music Festival in France

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

Added by Michael Marcano on January 28, 2011 at 1:01pm — No Comments

BP Renegades: konichiwa (hello) Japan

Nine times Panorama Champions Bp Renegades Steel Orchestra left Trinidad on August 23 for a tour of Japan. The group, led by Captain Candice Andrews, comprises of tenor players Levi Ettienne, Kain Cox, and Kershiff Perry; Double-tenor player Cleveland King, and Double-guitar player Jessica Bentick. The Bassist are…

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Added by Michael Marcano on August 23, 2010 at 10:56am — 5 Comments

Renegades Steel Orchestra 2010 Japan Tour Schedule

August 24 (tue) arrive in Japan; 25th (wed) promotional activities; 26th (thu) 1st concert in Okayama; 27th (fri) travel to Tokyo; 28th (sat) 1st workshop and 2nd concert in Mitaka Tokyo; 29th (sun) 3rd concert in Yokosuka Kanagawa; 30th (mon) 4th concert in Shinjuku Tokyo.

Added by Michael Marcano on August 16, 2010 at 11:31am — 10 Comments

BpTT & Renegades Celebrate 40 Years Together

Bp Trinidad & Tobago and the Renegades Steel Orchestra signed a document symbolizing their continued commitment to each other at the Trinidad Hilton on Wednesday 30 June 2010. The occasion was a function to mark the 40th Anniversary of the bpTT/Renegades partnership. The Chairman and CEO of bpTT Mr. Robert Riley, President of Renegades Mr. Michael Marcano and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Arts and…

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Added by Michael Marcano on July 2, 2010 at 8:36pm — 7 Comments

1st Runner up in Pan in the 21st Century

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Bp Renegades, back in the finals of the bmobile Pan in the 21st Century

Competition for the first time since the retirement of Musical Director Dr. Jit

Samaroo in 2007, emerged 1st runner up (from 6th in the preliminaries)

to the eventual winner, CLICO Sforzata who had also led the field in the

preliminary round.…




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Added by Michael Marcano on June 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

RENEGADES SHINE AT EIGHT OF HEARTS

Renegades put down a performance worthy of their, world-class billing at the fabulous, “Eight of Hearts Steelband Concert” on Saturday 8th May, 2010, on the grounds of the Laventille Community Complex. The fifth act to take the stage, the East Port of Spain band kicked off their thirty-five minutes set with Jorge Ben Jor’s ‘Mas Que Nada.’ They next performed Chopin’s ‘Grande Valse Brillante’ under the baton of Desmond Waithe and followed this with Bob Marley’s all time greatest hit, ‘No woman… Continue

Added by Michael Marcano on May 12, 2010 at 10:21am — 2 Comments

BP Renegades launches new website

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… Continue

Added by Michael Marcano on April 27, 2010 at 9:10pm — 6 Comments

Amrit Samaroo explains his arrangement of r. Jit for BP Renegades

Amrit Samaroo, son of composer/steel band arranger extraordinaire, Dr. Jit Samaroo said that he is treating his 2009 panorama arrangement for the Bp Renegades Steel Orchestra, a song entitled Dr. Jit, (composed and sung by Winston “The Original DeFosto Himself” Scarborough) as a celebration of his father’s contribution to the Renegades, the national panorama competition and to the music of Trinidad and Tobago in general. According to young Samaroo, the arrangement features quotations from his… Continue

Added by Michael Marcano on February 18, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

Renegades’ 2009 Panorama offering—A son’s tribute to his father: Amrit Samaroo, son of composer/steel band arranger extraordinaire, Dr. Jit Samaroo said that he is treating his 2009 panorama arrange…

Renegades’ 2009 Panorama offering—A son’s tribute to his father:



Amrit Samaroo, son of composer/steel band arranger extraordinaire, Dr. Jit Samaroo said that he is treating his 2009 panorama arrangement for the Bp Renegades Steel Orchestra, a song entitled Dr. Jit that was composed and sung by Winston (The Original DeFosto) Scarborough, as a celebration of his father’s contribution to the Renegades, the national panorama competition and to the music of Trinidad and Tobago in general.… Continue

Added by Michael Marcano on February 17, 2009 at 12:27pm — No Comments

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