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A panman’s lament: Larry Gomes Stadium not fit for semis

Panorama 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Carnival 2012
Members of the Fyzabad Fourth Dimension enjoy themselves playing Merchant’s Umbayao, at the National Single Pan semi-finals at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima, on Saturday night. PHOTOS: DION ROACH

A clearly unhappy young steelband player approached Pan Trinbago's media relations officer Angela Fox and his writer last Saturday night as we were entering the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima, and asked why the semi-final of the Single Pan Bands category of the National Steelband Panorama Competition was moved from Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain, to the Arima location. “Hardly anybody in there,” he complained. “The place dark and gloomy. We feel as if we wasting time, after all the time spent practicing for this. “This should never be the venue for a national semi-final, and we want Pan Trinbago to know that.” The disappointed pannist was right. Perhaps if the event was held during daylight hours only, the inappropriateness of the venue would not have been so evident. 

But as daylight gave way to darkness, following the 6 pm start, the lack of adequate lighting and general unaesthetic appeal of the stadium as the venue for a national semi-final was revealed. Thirty-two bands faced the judges, each seeking to qualify for the 16 places in the final that would be coupled with the Small Bands final at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Thursday starting at 6 pm. Each participating orchestra was allowed to select and perform any calypso, as long as the same selection had not been played by the said band in a previous Panorama competition. First band to appear before the adjudication panel was Gonzales Sheikers doing its rendition of Play Yuhself, composed and arranged by Clive Telemaque and sung by Crazy.
Here is a list of participants and their tunes of choice


Band Selection
1. Gonzales Sheikers Play Yuh self
2. Brimblers Nah Do Dat
3. Marsicans Signal To Lara
4. St. James Tripolians Toco Band
5. Star Sapphire Mind Yuh Business
6. Trinidad Nostalgic Jump and Breakaway
7. The Graduates Pan in Yuh Rookcung Kertungcung
8. Hope Pan Groovers This Melody Sweet
9. Uni Stars Cyah Wait Tuh Jam
10. San Juan East Side Symphony Get Something and Wave
11. Trinidad & Tobago Fire Services Woman on the Bass
12. All Aces Ah Going and Party Tonight
13. Carib Woodbrook Playboyz Jump and Wave
14. Harlem Syncopators Peter
15. Scorpion Pan Reflections Ten Commandments of Pan
16. Scrunters Pan Groove Fire Coming Down
17. Belmont Hi Larks Misbehave
18. New Age Trendsetters Pan In Harmony
19. World Wide Steel Get Something and Wave
20. Trinidad East Side Symphony Flag Party
21. Curepe Polyphonics Madness
22. Fyzabad 4th Dimension Umbayo
23. Ice Water Pan Ensemble Black Man Feeling to Party
24. Metro Stars Calling Meh
25. Pan Revival Get Something and Wave
26. Pan on the Move Uncle Crazy
27. Self Help Marines Get Up and Dance
28 .Pan Fanatics The Bees’ Melody
29.Arima All Stars Tourist Leggo
30. La Creole Pan Groove Magic Drum
31. Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force Band From Space
32. Nu Pioneers Pan Groove Shakin  It
• After the 15th band's performance around 10 pm, intermission was called. 
Panorama tickets go on sale
Tickets for the National Panorama Finals are now on sale at the NCC Ticket Booth, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain and will continue daily until Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. In San Fernando, tickets can be bought from Atherly’s By the Park, Cipero Street, (opposite Skinner Park), San Fernando, from 9 am to 4 pm. Special reserved can be collected at Pan Trinbago’s Head Office, 14-17 Park Street, Port-of-Spain, from 9 am to 4 pm. 
Ticket prices are: 
•North Stand — $300 
•Grand Stand (general admission) — $400 
•Grand Stand (special reserved) — $600.



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