A new year - A new home...


Second place winners in last year's USSA New York Panorama - Marsicans Steel Orchestra  - held their band launching on Sunday August 3 at 1488 Schenectady Avenue in Brooklyn.   For 2002 Marsicans had occupied Volume II at Veronica Place, home to Pantonic Steel Orchestra this year.  There were reportedly 'differences of opinion' between Marsicans and the property owner, leading to a parting of ways.

Pan lovers were milling around outside from early and made much of the extra space outside the pan yard as the street is a dead end.  The advertised start time was 4:00 PM.  But like most steelband launches - that time served merely as a call to muster, and despite customary grumblings of 'Why they don't start now', a DJ played until the pan music itself got underway after 7:30 PM.

Guest artistes Dem Stars who were set up and ready to play at least two hours prior, finally struck their first notes at 7:40 PM to the delight and relief of everyone who was keeping a wary eye on the weather which was threatening to change to a less pleasant atmosphere.  Everyone settled down to take in their session, which began with the band's signature tune Amazing Grace.  With food and drink as readily available as pan music, supporters were quite happy.

Marsicans got busy shortly after Dem Stars completed their set, and a very brief DJ respite.  Though much may not have been heard from Marsicans since last Panorama, there were returning faces from 2002 in the steelband's youth line up as well as some new ones.  Both Marsicans and their guests Dem Stars performed twice, each giving the pan crowd a double helping of their music.

The Marsicans' launch was also a welcome party for their returning ace arranger Pelham Goddard, who is fresh from success in Trinidad's 2003 Panorama this year, having led Exodus Steel Orchestra to victory at the finals in the 'Big Yard'.  He took time out to share a few words with When Steel Talks.

Appearing relaxed and pleased to be back, he was looking forward to his task, planning to be at the yard from Monday night to set the pannists to work for another shot at the victory which narrowly eluded them in the 2002 USSA New York Panorama.  Marsicans' tune of choice this year is Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe's Music in We Blood' - composed by Boogsie himself and which garnered Phase II Pan Groove third place in the 2003 Trinidad Panorama.  With Pelham back in the saddle and all ready to go, the players will be pouring in.  This is going to make for an interesting pan season in the Big Apple.



By CP - Basement Press Release Writer





Date: 8.03.03




Marsicans at their Pan launch
 on Sunday August 3.


Guests Dem Stars Steel Orchestra
at the launch.


More Marsicans pics from their launch....


Dem Stars Women on the Bass


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