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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for Large Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2015

Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for Large Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelband Panorama 2015.

Global - A field of fifteen large steel orchestras will show off their musical talents before audiences and judges alike at the 2015 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Semi-finals this weekend at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. Earlier in the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thhursday) two judges visited the bands’ respective pan yards and delivered comments on band performances, while Pan Trinbago officials conducted headcounts.

Regionally, three orchestras hail from the East, seven represent the North, while four come from South/Central and one—Redemption Sound Setters—from the sister isle of Tobago.

The bands’ order of appearance follows:-

Plays at: BAND (Pan yard addresses) SONG ARRANGER

#1 La Brea Nightingales (Tanti Park, Point D’or, La Brea) “Pan On The Road” Terrance “BJ” Marcelle

#2 birdsong (Corner Connell & St. Vincent Streets, Tunapuna) “Pan Magic” Andy Narell

#3 Renegades (Renegades Pan Theatre, 138 Charlotte Street, Port of Spain) “Jam Dem Hard” Duvone Stewart

#4 Redemption Sound Setters (Montgomery Road, Bethel) “Pan On De Road” Micheal Toby

#5 Invaders (Oval Car Park, Woodbrook) “This Melody Sweet” Arddin Herbert

#6 Desperadoes (Jerningham Avenue, Belmont, Port-of-Spain) “Pan Hooray” Robert Greenidge

#7 Trinidad All Stars (46-48 Duke Street, Port of Spain) “Unquestionable” Leon “Smooth” Edwards

#8 Silver Stars (56 Tragarete Road, Port of Spain) “Edwin’s Legacy” Liam Teague

#9 Harmonites (Churchill Roosevelt Highway Ext. & Eastern Main Road, Barataria) “Outta De Box” Seion Gomez

#10 Phase II Pan Groove (13 Hamilton Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain) “Happiness” Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

#11 Exodus (Eastern Main Road, St. Augustine) “De Puna Band” Pelham Goddard

#12 Fonclaire (65 Dottin Street, San Fernando) “Sweet 50” Ken “Professor” Philmore

#13 Skiffle (Coffee Street, San Fernando) “Celebration” Ray Holman

#14 Starlift (Drive & Western Main Road, St. James) “Ah Feeling” Keith Salcedo

#15 Tropical Angel Harps (Corner Southern Main Road & Bhadase Street, Enterprise Village, Chaguanas) “Pan For Beethoven” Clarence Morris
 

Socapro

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Fonclaire laid down the gauntlet tonight. I expect them to be up there with Phase II on points and to qualify in one of the top 3 positions for the Final.
 

Socapro

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I would say of the bands I have heard so far.

Results would be:
1. Fonclaire
2. Phase II
3. Renegades
4. All Stars
5. Exodus
6. Despers
7. Invaders
8. Skiffle
9. Silver Stars
10. Redemption
11. Harmonites
12. Birdsong
13. La Brea Nightingales


Just 2 bands left to go so I will see just where they fit on the list of my personal results.

Only 10 bands go thru to the final.
 

Socapro

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This is how I would place the large bands which played tonight if I was doing the judging:-

1. Fonclaire
2. Phase II
3. Renegades
4. All Stars
5. Exodus
6. Despers
7. Invaders
8. Skiffle
9. Silver Stars
10. Tropical Angel Harps
11. Redemption
12. Starlift
13. Harmonites
14. Birdsong
15. La Brea Nightingales

We will see which 5 bands get eliminated and which 10 progress to the final once the official results are announced.
 

BFFan

Registered User
Socapro, your top 10 pick made it to the finals,

Results for Large Bands

1. Trinidad All Stars - 270.5
2. Phase II Pan Groove - 268
3. Renegades - 267
4. Exodus - 265
5. Fonclaire - 264
6. Silver Stars - 263
6. Tropical Angel Harps -263
8. Invaders -262
9. Skiffle -260
10. Desperadoes -259
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11. Birdsong - 254
12. Harmonites -253
12. Redemtion Sound Setters -253
14. Starlift -243
15. Nightingales - 237
 

Socapro

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Socapro, your top 10 pick made it to the finals,

Results for Large Bands

1. Trinidad All Stars - 270.5
2. Phase II Pan Groove - 268
3. Renegades - 267
4. Exodus - 265
5. Fonclaire - 264
6. Silver Stars - 263
6. Tropical Angel Harps -263
8. Invaders -262
9. Skiffle -260
10. Desperadoes -259
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11. Birdsong - 254
12. Harmonites -253
12. Redemtion Sound Setters -253
14. Starlift -243
15. Nightingales - 237
I also got the top 5 bands correct though not in the right order! :cool:
 

Socapro

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PAN TRINBAGO Semi Finals Results - Conventional (Medium & Large) Bands

BAND CATEGORY: MEDIUM


1. Pan Elders - 278
2. NLCB Buccooneers - 274
3. NGC Steel Xplosion - 270
3. Courts Sound Specialists Of Laventille - 270
5. NGC Couva Joylanders - 269
6. Petrotrin Katzenjammers - 267
7. Melodians - 266
8. Curepe Scherzando - 264
9. Arima Angel Harps - 260
10. Western Stars Philharmonics - 259
10. Valley Harps - 259
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12 Dixieland - 258
13 Sforzata - 250
14 Tokyo 243

BAND CATEGORY: LARGE

1. Trinidad All Stars - 270.5
2. Phase II Pan Groove - 268
3. Renegades - 267
4. Exodus - 265
5. Fonclaire - 264
6. Silver Stars - 263
6. Tropical Angel Harps -263
8. Invaders -262
9. Skiffle -260
10. Desperadoes -259
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11. Birdsong - 254
12. Harmonites -253
12. Redemtion Sound Setters -253
14. Starlift -243
15. Nightingales - 237

I've noticed that the Medium bands generally scored more points than the Large bands in the Semis so I guess that means that the judges thought that the Medium bands generally had better arrangements than the Large bands in the Semi-Finals? That is a sign that some of the upcoming arrangers arranging for Medium bands should be given an opportunity to arrange for some of the Large band.
 

TriniReporter

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Trinidad All Stars and Pan Elders are ahead of the pack going into the National Panorama Finals.

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PAN SEMIS RESULTS | CCN TV6 | 7PM News
 

Socapro

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Sweet pan
...and the ‘noisy’ Greens

By Deborah John Publications Editor News/Features (T&T Express)
Story Created: Feb 3, 2015 at 8:13 PM ECT


Massy Trinidad All Stars placed first in the Conventional Bands (Large) category with their selection “Unquestionable”. —Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR

It was to the accompaniment of a fearsome din coming constantly from The Greens at Panorama 2015 that the 14 medium and 15 large steelbands made their appearance on stage Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Those on The Greens partied away while the competition went on.

In one sense, this is why the event was so aptly immortalised in song “Savannah Party” by David Rudder.

But when he sang about it, he was referring generally to the good time that people had at the event, not the kind of “party hard” that now constitutes The Greens, not just with rhythm sections, but sound systems, air conditioned tents, premium bars, and security guards.

When you are in there you have no idea of what’s going on on stage. But it’s not fair to the pan players after their many late nights into early morn of rehearsal to have to play in this kind of atmosphere.

This was aptly demonstrated when band No.2 in the large band category, Birdsong of Tunapuna came onstage. They were set up and ready to play but the noise never stopped. Some in the audience started to slow clap not understanding they were waiting for the noise to stop, but it never did and so they eventually played, noise and all.

This is fine and some might even say, it goes with the territory. But really, the onus is on Pan Trinbago is to find some way to monitor The Greens and make that noise stop when a band is on stage. It is so disrespectful to the bands and to the art from. This makes a mockery of the competition and the so-called love for pan. Do something about this, Pan Trinbago.

Birdsong however managed to give an entertaining performance of “Pan Magic”.

The band continues to be a talking point as their New York born and bred arranger Andy Narell continues to bring his jazz-themed arrangements to the Panorama. Narell was taught to play pan by T&T’s pan icon Ellie Mannette and has participated in a large way on our music scene, his work with David Rudder, etc.

What I liked about their arrangement is that it is home grown and reads like a who’s who of T&T music celebrity, composed and sung by visually impaired singer Nyol Manswell and produced by Carl Jacobs who is famous in his own right. Manswell, now in his 20s, started as a teen with the birdsong Academy Music Literacy Programme, where he was mentored by jazz musician Raf Robertson. Under Robertson’s tutelage, Manswell was able to apply for and win a place at the renowned Berklee School of Music where he continues to shine and when he is in Trinidad he tutors at birdsong. But the discourse surrounding Narell continues over whether his laid back style of arrangement belongs in the Panorama competition which is about pace. The argument continues with many saying Narrel should know when he is in Rome, he should do as the Romans do.

But these are my notes on the band’s performance ...birdsong gently ambled through the Big Yard with beautiful tenors delivering an atmosphere that lived up to the name “Pan Magic” but not necessarily Panorama...

The Panorama ideal, however was up right after with bp Renegades and “Jam Dem Hard”, sung by Denise Belfon and composed by another young pannist Yohann Chuckaree, one of defending champs Phase II’s frontline tenor pannists.

My notes on Renegades...lived up to the promise of the name...melodic middle passages never straying too far from the melody...joyful and exuberant played in a way that had to be taken seriously...

The competition is the culmination of the annual rite of passage that takes place at this time of year between the players, the muse and the music. The bands mentioned had contrasting styles which deserved a proper hearing, but the noise-makers have no time with that.

Pan Trinbago, we understand that The Greens is an attractive economic enterprise. But deal with the noise. Do something for pan.
 

dedetriniking

Registered User
just heard Renegades rendition of "jam them hard". My goodness!

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dedetriniking

Registered User
Listen to the comments after the performance and you know exactly how i fell after i heard that rendition today....for the first time. Meh pores raise!!!

Oh gosh boy....that 5:00 mark.....um um um um um....lorrrrrrrrd that is pan!!!!!
 

TriniReporter

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NGC Couva Joylanders Steel Orchestra, PCS Silver Stars Steel Orchestra and Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra,

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Socapro

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Pan battle is on tonight
By Joan Rampersad Saturday, February 14 2015 (T&T Newsday)

bp Renegades.jpg NLCB Fonclaire.jpg Massy Trinidad All Stars.jpg

The much anticipated battle for pan supremacy is on tonight, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, from 7 pm.

Playing first is NGC Couva Joylanders.

However, with an eye on the prize is Pan Elders, reigning title holder who wants to keep it. But in strong contention for that $600,000 first prize are Tobago Bands NLCB Buccooneers and NGC Steel Xplosion. Both were very impressive in the semi- final round of competition, as was Courts Sound Specialists Of Laventille.

Leading off the competition in the Large Band Category is nine times National Panorama champs bp Renegades who will be going all out to capture that tenth title and $1 million prize that goes with it. But they will have to fend off the pack leaders Massy Trinidad All Stars and Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove who have dominated the competition in the last ten years.

Consistently among the top bands is Republic Bank Exodus but after NLCB Fonclaire’s strong showing in the semi-final, that would be the band to watch. Also, and never to be underestimated is WITCO Desperadoes; leaving nothing to chance in the final.

The competition’s theme is “Reaching for the Stars….Pan in Ecstasy”.

Pan Trinbago has announced that it would honour six people for their dedicated service to the organisation. They are Milton “Wire”Austin, Tommy Crichlow, Rennison Quashie, Sharon Pitt, Wallace Austin and Eshwarlal “Sam” Ramjitsingh. While they all deserve commendation, however, doing it tonight, unfortunately, only lengthens the show which was set back almost an hour last year when similar tribute was paid to other honorees.

Also, in commemoration of Valentine’s Day, patrons will be treated to complimentary alcoholic beverages and chocolates, with those opting for the North Stand enjoying an all-inclusive experience. In addition, two lucky patrons will each win a pair of airline tickets to any Caribbean Airlines’ destination. Fans, local and foreign, can text the code of their favourite bands to a number provided by bmobile to vote in the FCL Financial People’s Choice. The bands with the most votes in each category will collect $10,000, while the person texting the most votes for the winning bands wins a Samsung S5 Smart phone courtesy blink/bmobile.

Following is the order of appearance in tomorrow’s competitions:

MEDIUM BANDS

Position Band song Choice

1. NGC Couva Joylanders - Feeling It (Baron)

2. Melodians - Don’t Stop This Party (Swallow)

3. Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille - Nah Do Dat (Iwer George)

4. NLCB Buccooneers - Rainorama (Kithener)

5. Western Stars Philarmonics - This Melody Sweet (Baron)

6. Pan Elders - Party Time Again

7. NGC Steel Xplosion - Du Du Yemi (Sparrow)

8. Arima Angel Harps - Toco Band (Kitchener)

9. Valley Harps - Outta De Box ()

10. Curepe Scherzando - Bassman (Shadow)

11. Petrotrin Katzenjammers - Say Say (Baron)


LARGE BANDS

1. bp Renegades - Jam Dem Hard (Denise Belfon)

2. Phase II Pan Groove - Happiness (Olatunji)

3. WITCO Desperadoes - Pan Hooray (Superblue)

4. NLCB Fonclaire - Fifty Plus (Blaxx)

5. Massy Trinidad All Stars - Unquestionable

6. PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars - Edwin’s Legacy

7. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps - Pan For Beethoven (Tony Barclay)

8. Skiffle - Celebrations

9. Republic Bank Exodus - Puna Band

10. Caribbean Airlines Invaders - This Melody Sweet (Baron)
 

dedetriniking

Registered User
Yeah man bring on the steel. I wonder if we will get lucky and get a good stream for this one. The visuals are needed in pan.
 
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