Endurance Steel Orchestra is a dynamic organisation, with youth engagement and community cohesion at its core. Founded by Marlon Hibbert in 2009, Endurance aims to enrich the lives of young people through the art of steel pan. Alongside delivering workshops and developing a junior steel band, the orchestra gigs regularly at various events - including national competitions and international performances.
Our noteable performances include:
London Notting Hill Carnival 2012
58th annual music festival, Ashwell
The Lord Mayor's Show 2013
The London Marathon 2013 - 2018
BBC Newsnight 2014
UK National Panorama Steelband Competition 2015
London Notting Hill Carnival 2015
Performed with artist "Shakka" as part of the "Homelands" Event. October 2016
Back in time for Brixton for the BBC 2016
London Pride 2017
International Steel band festival - De Kwakel, Amsterdam 2017
Marlon Hibbert is the leader of Endurance Steel Orchestra which was founded in 2009. Inspired to give young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn music and grow as people he continues to drive the organisation.
Kim Esnard joined Endurance in Jan 2017
She manages client liaison, performance details, schedules, pastoral care and general admin.
She plays bass in the adult class and is passionate about youth development, and aspires to play for the advanced band - eventually leading to panorama!
Aaron has been a part of the orchestra since 2012. As well as playing steel pan, he also plays guitar and drum kit. He is currently studying at BIMM university and teaches steel pan in schools around london.
Double Tenor Section leader
Lucy first graced us with her presence in 2009 as a Bass/Drum kit player, but now focuses on the Double Tenor instrument. Lucy is also a teacher with a passion to help young people
Tenor Section Leader
Frazer has been with since 2011 and has grown into a strong tenor player. He has a big passion for music. Other interests include producing and coding and he has recently achieved the highest level in the Duke of Edinburgh
Ebow "Paapa" Mensah
Percussion Section Leader
Ebow is our resident drummer and also spearheads the rhythm section. With a real passion for music Ebow regularly demonstrates his ability on the Tenor steel pan and has recently won the "Pan Clash 2017 Soloist competition". He is currently working towards studying the drum kit at university.
Cello Section Leader
Mia has been a part of Endurance since 2014. Since then she's taken to the path of being a full time steel pan tutor. With her enthusiastic and fun approach she is always keen on helping to run classes and workshops.