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All Stars in front for Panorama title
Eight-time Panorama champions Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars, playing the Clive Telemaque/Shirlaine Hendrickson composition Excitement, amassed 274 points to lead the large conventional bands at Panorama preliminaries competition. Republic Bank Exodus gained 271 points for Pelham Goddard’s arrangement of Pan Is Carnival to earn second place. Sharing third berth were three bands — WITCO Desperadoes, Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove and bpTT Renegades — with an aggregate of 263 points each. These bands played Spankin’, Jump High and In De Minor respectively. The first five steelbands have all copped the National Panorama title over the years. Arrangers for four of the five top steelbands — Leon “Smooth” Edwards, Pelham Goddard, Robert Greenidge, and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe — have achieved this feat. The only arranger who has not won a national title is bpTT Renegades arranger Duvonne Stewart.
A total of 11 Large conventional steelbands have qualified for the National Panorama Medium and Large Finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on March, 1. Adjudicators in this category were Lambert Phillip, Stephanie Power, Roger Saldinha, Lennox London, Jeanette Johnson and Andy Chichester. In the Medium Bands category, ten passed the judges’ muster to earn a play in the finals. Judges in this category are Joanne Ragbir, Richard Pierre, Junior Howell, Joslynne Sealey, Sherry Ann Saunders and Marceline Peters. Michelle Huggins-Watts, who is arranging for Valley Harps, is the only female musician to make the grade in either category for the national finals. The results were released a little after 11 pm on Sunday night after final performer, RBC Redemption Sound Setters, struck the final note in the competition at 10.20 pm.
Place Large Steelband selection arranger score
1 Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars Excitement Leon “Smooth” Edwards 274
2 Republic Bank Exodus Pan Is Carnival Pelham Goddard 271
3 WITCO Desperadoes Spankin Robert Greenidge 263
3 Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove Jump High Len “Boogsie” Sharpe 263
3 bpTT Renegades In De Minor Duvonne Stewart 263
6 CAL Invaders Jam It Arddin Herbert 262
7 PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars The Reason Liam Teague 257
8 Skiffle The Wedding (Shaadi) Ray Holman 255
9 NLCB Fonclaire Big In De Dance Ken “Professor” Philmore 254
10 T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps In De Minor Clarence Morris 253
10 NGC La Brea Nightingales Pan In The Atmosphere Terrance “BJ” Marcelle 253
Place Medium Steelband selection arranger score
1 Pan Elders All Ah We Is One Family Duvonne Stewart 278
2 NLCB Buccooneers Madness Seion Gomez 272
3 Petrotrin Katzenjammers Spankin Len “Boogsie” Sharpe 270
4 Valley Harps Happiest Man Alive Michelle Huggins-Watts 269
4 NGC Steel Xplosion Dust In Dey Face Arddin Herbert 269
6 NGC Couva Joylanders Free Up Kareem Brown 267
7 Arima Angel Harps In De Minor Shelton Besson 264
8 Carib Dixieland Dis Is It Leon “Smooth” Edwards 263
9 Courts Sound Specialists Poison Ken “Professor” Philmore 262
10 Melodians The Hammer Amrit Samaroo 259
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