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All Stars in front for Panorama title

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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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