New York Steel Band Panorama 2005
The Pantonic Era
Champions Show They
Can Take a Punch - as Well as Deliver One
New York -
With five championships wins in the last seven years New York's Pantonic
Steel Orchestra has clearly etched out their era in the annals of steel band
history. Having captured five titles in their brief eight-year
existence is nothing short of remarkable. Pantonic's quick rise
and dominance of one of the steelpan art form's most respected epicenters, speak
volumes about the organization's commitment, resilience, character and intelligence.
Pantonic has shown the mark of a true champion, in
that it has sustained success and operated at a highly competitive level
over a reasonable period of time.
Furthermore, they have shown the
ability to handle adversity, hardship and disappointments. And they an
innate aptitude to conquer an environment that is hostile, indifferent and
in a constant state of flux. 2005 was an extremely interesting year,
in that it presented the music organization with new and unforeseen
challenges. They dealt with lack of practice space until a mere ten days
before this year's panorama competition - in a season that is normally about two
months long, and could also be said to be recovering from any residual
effects from last year's disappointing end to their season.
The New York steelband music scene is one of the most competitive
music forums in the world. It is the home of some of the most
respected and honored steelpan notables in the history of steelband music.
Moreover, it continues to be the active stomping ground of some of the 'Hall
of Famers' and legendary characters of the artform whose talent is second to
none. Their names
read like a legends' history book for steel pan. This year's
participants included master arrangers Jit Samaroo, Pelham Goddard, Clive
Bradley, Robert Greenidge, and tuners Jack Riley, Roland Harrigin, Wallace
Austin and Birch Kellman, who all already have multiple glorious chapters in
the great history of the steel band music and movement. Indeed, among
many talented who will no doubt join these greats in the future.
Pantonic's core players, affectionately known as
'Bradley's Kids,' is a proud, young, talented and hungry bunch led by
focused, able and forward-thinking veteran management. Indeed
the Pantonic era may have just begun.
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Pantonic celebrate on
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