Pan Trinbago is satisfied with the response they have received so far for their early kick-off to their Panorama competition.
The competition, which usually takes place around Carnival, began their preliminary round for its single pan leg last week— an unprecedented move.
Treasurer of Pan trinbago Gerard Mendez told Guardian Media they received many positive reviews.
He said, “We have had a very positive response. The turnout at the different pan yards in the preliminary rounds has been very favourable and already we have already seen an improvement in the quality of the competition.”
He believed the improvement could be attributed to their decision to change the structure of the competition which, he said, now allows players to breathe.
“One of the reasons for the better quality is that now where players were sharing their time between different categories to prepare for the different categories of Panorama, we find that because we have moved it to November the players have more time to devote to the bands they play for. Because of that, you getting a better quality and this is just the beginning.”
46 bands took part in the preliminaries, however, only 31 would move on to the semi-finals on Sunday in Arima. Of these, only 20 would move on to the finals on November 23 at the Grand Stand of the Queen’s Park Savannah.
Scoring the highest during the preliminary round San Juan East Side Symphony amassing 268 points with their rendition of “Guitar Pan”.