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Panorama weekend in the Savannah

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Petrotrin Siparia Deltones playing Mr Famous’ Play More Local, at Sunday’s Small and Medium Conventional Steel bands Panorama preliminaries at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Sunday night. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL

The National Panorama semifinals continue this weekend at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain. On Saturday from noon, 21 qualifiers in the Small Band category, with 32 Single Pan ensembles, will face the judges, with bands in the Medium and Large conventional categories competition on Sunday, at the same time and venue. In the Small Bands category, Super Novas, with the Amrit Samaroo’s arrangement of De Original De Fosto’s In De Minor amassed the most points.


They scored 277 points beating their nearest rivals, Laventille Serenaders and Arima Golden Symphony, by eight points. These two bands tied for second spot with 269 points each for their renditions of Pan Scandal and In De Minor, respectively. Petrotrin Siparia Deltones and Fascinators tied for fourth position with 267 points. Over all, there were six two-way ties, one three-way and one four-way tie in the 21 band line-up.


Humming Birds Pan Groove and Potential Symphony in position 20 made it to the semi-final round with a total of 251 points. In the preliminary round of competition for Medium Bands, South-based Pan Elders, playing All Ah We Is One Family emerged the top band. The band, which played at position five at Skinner Park, San Fernando, last Sunday, performed Duvone Stewart’s arrangement of the Clive Bradley’s classic to score 270 points.


In second spot was Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille with the Russel Cadogan composition Poison. They amassed 267 points. Their selection was arranged by Ken “Professor” Philmore. Another South band, NGC Couva Joylanders, came in with the third highest points, 264. 


Their tune of choice was Free Up, composed and sung by Christopher “Tambu” Herbert, with arrangement by Kareem Brown. A total of 26 bands competed in this category. Adjudication took place on the same day as the Small conventional bands but by a separate panel comprising Laurel Broomes-Rogers, Michelle Dowrich, Ezra Joseph and Damian Phillip. On Tuesday night, Panorama judges began their three-night visit to the panyards of conventional orchestras. 


They will visit 15 bands, comprising three from the East, seven from the North, four from the South and one from Tobago. All 15 large bands will automatically move into Sunday’s semi-final.



Tickets for this weekend’s semi-finals are available at Cleve’s, Atherly’s, Electro Sounds, Pan Trinbago Head Office, Park Street, and at the Ticket Booth, Queen’s Park Savannah, and online at



small band semifinalists

Super Novas    In De Minor (277)    
Laventille Serenaders    Pan Scandal (269)    
Arima Golden Symphony    In De Minor (269)    
Petrotrin Siparia Deltones    Play More Local (267)    
Fascinators Pan Symphony    Big In The Dance (267)    
Nu Tones    Spankin (265)    
Crescendos Musical    Spankin (265)    
Southern Marines    Marajhin (265)    
Moods    Shakin It (264)    
Codrington Pan Family    EPIC Full Blown Entertainment (264)    
Pandemonium    Pan In Yuh Pwefen (264)    
LH Pan Groove    This Melody Sweet (264)    
Tamana Pioneers    In De Minor (263)    
Merrytones    Excitement (263)    
T&TEC New East Side Dimension    Long Time (259)    
Tornadoes    Musical Tornadoes (259)    
Old Tech    Pan Scandal (258)    
Tobago Pan-Thers    Toco Band (258)    
Golden Hands    Old Time Days (254)    
Potential Symphony     Spankin (251)    
Humming Birds Pan Groove    Men Of Steel (251)



Medium band semifinalists

1    Pan Elders    All Ah We Is One Family (270)
2    Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille    Poison (267)
3    NGC Couva Joylanders    Free Up (264)
3    Valley Harps    Happiest Man Alive (264)
5    Petrotrin Katzenjammers    Spankin (259)
6    NGC Steel Xplosion    Dust In Dey Face (257)
7    NLCB Buccooneers    Madness (254)
8    Arima Angel Harps    In De Minor (253)
9    Petrotrin Hatters    Live Yuh Life Like You Playing Mas (250)
10    Power Stars    Take Me With You (248)
11    Carib Dixieland    Dis Is It (244)
11    Melodians    The Hammer (244)
11    Curepe Scherzando    Pan In The Atmosphere (244)
14    St Margaret's Superstars    In De Minor (242)


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