About Steel X-plosion
Steel X-plosion is categorized as
Steel Drum Band as well as Calypso Band, Caribbean/Island Music,
Funk Band, Jazz Band, Latin Band, Reggae Band, and Soul Band in
Brooklyn, New York. Steel X-plosion is available for hire within the
New York City (NYC), New York area and beyond.
About Freddy Harris 3rd
STEEL PAN - KEYBOARD - PERCUSSION / 1980 - Born in New York City
and moved with his parents to Trinidad & Tobago that same year /
Received early musical training from his well-known Trinidadian
father Freddie Harris Jr., a guitarist for Harry Belafonte, who also
toured with Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and Ashford & Simpson.
Began playing steel pan at the age of four / At age six moved to
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and began playing with The Rising Stars
Steel Orchestra / 1990 - returned to the States and continued to
develop his musical skills / 1998 - graduated as valedictorian from
New York City Repertory Company High School / 1998 - received a
scholarship from Something Positive, Inc., to attend Florida
Memorial College (FMS).
At FMS he co-arranged under the direction of Dr. Dawn K. Batson,
Director of the FMS Steel Orchestra / 2003 - received a B.A. with
honors in Music and a concentration in Jazz Studies / 2001 -
released his first CD, "The Universal Journey" / Performed in NY
City with noted Jazz performer Bill Saxon and world-renowned
percussionist, Leopaldo Fleming, and throughout Florida and U.S.
with the FMS Ambassadors Chorale.
Performed and toured throughout the Caribbean as Ambassador for FMS
and participated in many competitions / 2002 - Won 2nd Place in the
Trinidad & Tobago World Steel Orchestra Classics solo competition
with his rendition of the jazz/classical composition Misty /
Appeared on several Hispanic TV shows in Miami, Florida.
Currently employed as the arranger for the Sesame Flyers Int?l
(Brooklyn) steel orchestra / 2002 - performed for former-President
Bill Clinton at the South Beach, Florida Speech for Youths / 2003 -
performed for the NAACP 94th Annual Convention Gospel Extravaganza,
opening for Pastor Donnie McClurkin at the Jackie Gleason Theater of
the Performing Arts in Miami / 2000-03 - performed for the Melton
Mustafa Jazz Festival.
Freddy plays many musical styles, from R&B, Jazz, Calypso, Soca,
Latin and Reggae, to Hip Hop, Gospel, Pop, Blues, Country, Western
Source: Freddy Harris 3rd