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World Steelband Festival 2000
World Steelband Festival
2000 VHS video

World Steel Band
Festival Winners
October 21st, 2000
in Trinidad
information kindly provided
by Everybody's Magazine

Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra
Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra
Trinidad & Tobago
World Steelband Music Champion

Playing "In the Rain Forest", a masterpiece composed and arranged by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe as its classical tune of choice, and Ken "Professor" Philmore's "Pan By Storm" as its calypso tune of choice, TCL Skiffle Bunch received a standing ovation at the end of its electrifying presentation.  Len "Boogsie" Sharpe joined the orchestra and played a double second pan to help the orchestra from San Fernando capture the world title.

Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
2nd in World Steelband Music Festival

Unlike the other orchestras, Northern Illinois University performed two of its own compositions.  Its classical tune of choice, "Wood and Steel", is a composition of Richard Chapell, Director of Percussion, at the university.  The work of Clifford Alexis, a Trinidadian residing in Chiacgo, was the orchestra's calypso of choice entitled "Pan 2000".  Playing in the number one slot, Northern Illinois immediately attracted the audience with its immaculate incorporation of a Ugandan instrument, the Amadinda.

Trinidad & Tobago
3rd in World Steelband Music

Playing in the number eight spot, Exodus performed Tchaikovsky's "Capricio Italian" as its classical tune of choice and Andre Tanker's "Steelband Times" as its calypso of choice.  Exodus is a major orchestra that competes almost every year in the panorama finals of the twin-island nation.  It was a long evening, and Exodus competed in the early hours of Sunday, but everyone remained at the Jean Pierre Complex to witness the performance of the popular 50-member orchestra.

BWIA Ebony
BWIA Ebony
United Kingdom
4th in World Steelband Music Festival

For its classical tune of choice, the British steelband rendered "Morning Noon and Night in Vienna".  "Celebrating with Steel" was the orchestra's calypso of choice.  Members of the orchestra are the children and grand children of West Indian and African immigrants.  Ebony is led by Trinidadian-born Pepe Francis and it is the most celebrated steel orchestra in Europe.  One of Prince Charles' organizations contributed financially towards the trip to Trinidad & Tobago.

BWIA Invaders
BWIA Invaders
Trinidad & Tobago
5th in World Steelband Music

Conducted by Dr. Jeanine Remy of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the institution known as BWIA Invaders played Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" as its classical tune of choice and "Toco Band" as its calypso tune of choice.  As soon as the orchestra finished, a frustrated Ken "Professor" Philmore who was a part of the audience wanted to know why the sound system failed during certain times of the performance,  Nevertheless, the orchestra still got a mini-standing ovation and placed 5th.

Panch 2000
Panch 2000
6th in World Steelband Music

"Dichter Und Bayer" was the Swiss orchestra's classical tune of choice and "Mind Yuh Business" its calypso of choice.  Directed by Yaira Yonne, Panch 2000 was established only 10 months ago but it defeated several veteran orchestras to earn a place in the final eight.  The orchestra was the talk of Port of Spain as a result of tits excellent performances in the preliminaries.  Many picked it to place first.

Defence Force
Defence Force
Trinidad & Tobago
7th in World Steelband Music

Like BWIA Invaders, Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force encountered problems with sound engineering during the performance.  The 51-member orchestra conducted by Derek Nurse gave a splendid rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4 in F Minor" as its classical tune of choice and "Penny, Queen of the Universe" as its calypso of choice.

Steel Pan Lovers
Steel Pan Lovers
8th in World Steelband Music

In order to participate in the World Steelband Festival, the orchestra had to find money to get to Trinidad & Tobago; so, for months, the band played in many parts of Finland to raise the cash.  Its classical tune of choice was "Finlandia".  Lord Kitchener's "Pan in A Minor" was selected as the orchestra's calypso of choice.  The orchestra from Finland was highly spirited.  Its members are under twenty years of age and although the orchestra had a 39-member cast, it gave a good account of itself.

Len "Boogsie" Sharpe on double second pan with Skiffle Bunch
Len "Boogsie" Sharpe on double second pan performs his composition, "In a Rain Forest", with Skiffle Bunch as the orchestra achieves status as World Steelband champions.

Photos provided courtesy of  Everybody's Magazine


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