Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore
Ken “Professor” Philmore is one of the most talented pannists who has come from the South of Trinidad.
Ken is the third of five children and got his early introduction into pan through his cousins Ferdi and Barry Brathwaite. He first played with Hatters.
Later, Ken moved to Kalomo Kings in 1977 and then to Gay Hoytonians before he finally settled with Fonclaire Steel Orchestra in 1981.
Ken Philmore did his first album in 1985 with Pan Assembly and assisted Fonclaire in no small way in reaching a joint 6th place with his arrangement of Pan in A Minor.
This association with Fonclaire enabled the band to be joint winners in 1988 with Deltones and to win the South Zone of Panorama for the next four years.
It is interesting to note that following in the footsteps of Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Ken also began composing tunes for Panorama. For instance; Pan By Storm (1990), Pan Ecstasy (1991) and Pan in the Party (1992).
During the years 1989, 1990 and 1991, his arrangements placed second each year in Panorama with the band Fonclaire.
Ken has not only concentrated his talents in Trinidad and Tobago, but overseas as well. In 1988, he appeared with Tina Turner and Lionel Hampton in New York. Also in this year , he was honoured by Pan Trinbago as one of the most promising arrangers.
He appeared as a special guest with Mercer Ellington, son of “Duke” Ellington and was featured on the title cut of Ellington’s album Queenie Pie Reggae. He has also appeared in concert with the world renowned Latin American musician Tito Puente.
Ken “Professor” Philmore has done this country and South Trinidad proud and is a pannist of tremendous skill and talent.