Rise of the Desperadoes – ‘Musical Conquerors’

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Rise of the Desperadoes – ‘Musical Conquerors’

The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra officially launched its book: “Desperadoes – Musical Conquerors”, written by Mr Edison Holder.

The book which was launched on Wednesday 27th October details the history of the Orchestra from its origins in the 1930s, early successes, triumphs and trials all the way through to 2020. It is all-encompassing, rich and chock full of images, newspaper clippings and stories about “Trinidad and Tobago’s Finest Steel Orchestra.”

The author, Edison Holder a longstanding member of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra; having joined the band in 1980 and played the Double Second on the Stage Side until 1991, migrated to the United States, participated in 12 Panorama competitions, two Music Festivals (1986 & 1988), and performed with the band at Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and the Philadelphia Academy of Music between 1987 and 1989.

He worked as a Journalist in Trinidad and Tobago with stints at the Trinidad Guardian and Trinidad Express and holds a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communications from the University of Baltimore.

The book will take the reader on a chronological journey of the history of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, noting several critical events and paying homage to key personalities, such as Lennard ‘Spike Jones’ Edwards, Carl Greenidge, Clive Bradley, Rudolph ‘The Hammer’ Charles, Roy Cape, Pat Bishop, Raymond
‘Artie’ Shaw, Robert Greenidge, David Davis, Ursula Tudor, Dennis ‘Tash’ Ash, Carlton ‘Zanda’ Alexander just to name a few.

Desperadoes – Musical Conquerors, is available for pre-order.

Interested persons can email the band at [email protected] or contact 381-8679 to place your order.

The book costs $350.00TTD.