After a three-week trial which gripped the attention of the media and attracted widespread attention among the Turks and Caicos islands population, Cortez Simmons, the son and employee of Carl Simm
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Panorama weekend in the Savannah
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 www.pantrinbago.co.tt
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)