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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 Multiculturalism Mr. Vel Lewis, signed the document. Affixing their signatures as witnesses were the captain of Renegades Ms. Candice Andrews and captain of the Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra Ms. Latoya Dufont.

Addressing the function, the bpTT Chairman and CEO said that his companies association with the Renegades has been a highly rewarding experience. ‘…Rewarding in that it has allowed us as an international business corporation to make a contribution to the growth and development of one of the most distinctive elements of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago – the steel pan. Rewarding, because it has given us the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives, livelihood, and welfare of hundreds of ambitious young men and women in this country as a whole and in the suburbs of East Port of Spain. Rewarding also, because through our involvement with this steel orchestra we have been able to showcase the musical talent of this country to the rest of the world.’

The Captain of Renegades Ms Candice Andrews had earlier welcomed guest including The President and Secretary of Pantrinbago, players of both the Renegades Steel Orchestra and the
Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra,
arrangers and past captains of the band, the chairman, secretary and other representatives of the Renegades Senior Members Association, staff of bpTT and other invited guest.

Ms Andrews said that she was sure that none of signatories to the first contract between the then Amoco Trinidad Oil Company (now bpTT) in 1970, would have imagined that the relationship they so easily entered into would have blossomed into what it is today. That the signing of a little sponsorship agreement would have had the effect it did on the lives of the men and women that have been a part of the Renegades experience and by extension, on the very history and
development of the national instrument. In thanking bpTT Ms Andrews said, ‘We are eternally grateful to bpTT for their benevolence, for their mentoring, for their brand of collaboration that involves overseeing without interfering. The benefits to us, I can assure you, have been far greater than any pitfalls that may have occurred along the way.’

The President of Renegades Mr. Michael Marcano next gave highlights of Renegades history from the inception of the band in 1948 to present time. He hailed Renegades as the most acclaimed and perhaps highest profiled cultural ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago and of steel band music. The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, Mr. Vel Lewis, representing the Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism, the Honourable Winston Peters who was unavoidably absent, congratulated bpTT for being a good corporate citizen.

Ms. Ashley Stephens, a representative of the Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra delivered the closing remarks in which she claimed that to her and the other members of the Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra, the signing
symbolized more than just a commitment to continue the bpTT/Renegades partnership. ‘To us it represents a rebirth of sorts—a passing of the torch from one generation to the next, something to which we will have reference when we take our place in the senior orchestra in time to come.’

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Comment by Hugh Haydn Anthony on July 6, 2010 at 11:56am
Congratulations to Renegades and BP Trinidad for cementing their long standing partnership. Thank you Renegades senior and junior for the wonderful music. Please continue to thrill us with your music.
Comment by Ian Franklin on July 4, 2010 at 5:26pm
Hello Michael and Renegades Steel Orchestra,
I was concerned about the fallout from "that oil spill". I am happy that sponsorship is not affected.
Comment by Sandra L Blood on July 4, 2010 at 8:04am
Comment by ed cee on July 3, 2010 at 10:11pm
Congrats to Renegades! I know the institution from the Lawbreakers days and have friends who are stalwarts of this band. i wish you all continued successes in your panventures.
Comment by Arthur Blenman on July 3, 2010 at 6:02pm
My sincere congratulations to the members, management team and the sponsors of BP Renegades and their Youth Steel Orchestra for their human and cultural development of all personnel associated with their orchestras. God's richest blessings.
Comment by CURTIS WILLIAMS on July 3, 2010 at 5:46pm
Congratulation to bpTT for the continuous partnership with Renegades and I wish both parties all the best.
Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on July 3, 2010 at 12:06am
Congratulations to BP Renegades Steel Orchestra on your growth and success over the decades. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication and sacrifices of your pioneers and members from the old days to the present.

I must also complement you on your fine website. It is very well done and also provides a historical record of the development of Renegades Steel Orchestra, and of the steelband movement in general.

It is a fine addition to the presence of pan on the web, and pan lovers and students everywhere should check it out.
http://renegadessteelorchestra.co.tt/ ..

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