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Panyard judging gets going tomorrow

Monday, January 26, 2015
Young tenor players from Blue Diamonds Steel Orchestra playing Farmer Nappy’s 2014 soca hit Big People Party during the North Zone Panorama Preliminaries for Small and Medium Bands at the Paddock, Queen’s Park Savannah, on Friday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS

The 15 large conventional steelbands registered for Panorama 2015 will be visited by the judges and Pan Trinbago officials from tomorrow evening. Two judges will visit each of the zones to listen to the bands and give their comments while Pan Trinbago officials will conduct the head count. This will take place at the band’s respective panyards and/or theatres.

The competitors comprising three from the east, seven from the north, four from the south central and one in Tobago will perform over a three-day period. In a unique twist and unlike previous years, no two large conventional bands are playing the same selection. Reigning champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove will perform Happiness, composed by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and performed by Olatunji. 

Previous winner Massy Trinidad All Stars’s tune of choice is Clive Telemaque’s Unquestionable, performed by Sheldon Reid and arranged by Leon “Smooth” Edwards, while bpTT Renegades, also a previous multiple champion, has selected Johan Chuckaree’s Jam Dem Hard, performed by Denise Belfon and arranged by Duvone Stewart. 

Interestingly, Chuckaree is one of the stalwart tenor players in Phase II Pan Groove. All bands in this category will move to the semifinal round, popularly known as Savannah Party, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday. On the same day, 14 medium bands in order of merit will also be judged. Show time is 12 noon. Admission is Grand Stand $250, North Stand $350, and Greens $350.

Judging schedule

The order and dates, plus tune of choice, composer, performer and arranger are as follows:
January 27—7 pm: Tobago Region    
1 Rbtt Bank Redemption Sound Setters:  Pan On the Road—Winston Scarborough—DeFosto   (Micheal Toby)

January 27—7 pm: Eastern Region
1 Birdsong: Pan Magic—Nyoll Manswell—Nyoll Manswell (Andy Narell)    
2 Republic Bank Exodus: De Puna Band—Pelham Goddard—Farmer Nappy (Pelham Goddard)    
3 Harmonities Steel Orchestra: Outta De Box—Loquan/Gomez/Ballantyne—Shanaqua (Seion Gomez)

January 28—7 pm: South Central Region
1 T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps: Pan for Beethoven—Tony Barclay—Tony Barclay (Clarence Morris)
2 Skiffle: Celebration—Ray Holman/Denis Williams—
(Keet Styla)         
3 NLCB Fonclaire: Fifty Plus—Ken Philmore—Blaxx (Ken “Professor” Philmore)
4 NGC La Brea Nightingales: Pan on the Road—Winston Scarborough—DeFosto (Terrance BJ Marcelle)               

January 29—7 pm: North Region
1 White Oak Starlift: Ah Feeling—Lead Pipe & Saddis—Lead Pipe & Saddis (Keith Salcedo)
2 Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove: Happiness—Len “Boogsie” Sharpe—Olatunji (Len “Boogsie” Sharpe)
3 CAL Invaders: This Melody Sweet—Winsford Devine—Baron (Arddin Herbert)
4 PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars: Edwin’s Legacy—Alvin Daniell/Barnett Henry—Eunice Peters (Liam Teague)
5 WITCO Desperadoes: Hoo Ray—Robert Greenidge—SuperBlue (Robert Greenidge)
6 bp Renegades: Jam Dem Hard—Johan Chuckaree—Denise Belfon (Duvone Stewart)
7 Massy Trinidad All Stars: Unquestionable—Clive  Telemaque—Sheldon Reid (Leon “Smooth” Edwards)


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