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World Steelband Music Festival 2005 In Review

 

Sagicor Exodus has retained the title of champion for the second festival in a row. They have to share the honors for best tune of choice with TCL Group Skiffle Bunch, which tied with them in that part of the competition. They were the sole winner of best test piece rendition.

  The Bands  
  Points    
  529 Exodus  (Trinidad & Tobago)
Semiramide
 

Exodus on Stage At Madison Square Garden WSMF 2005  -- cp

Dressed in black jackets with black slacks and red ties (males) - white dresses (females) - defending champions Exodus was dressed to kill.  Exodus again demonstrated why they are one of the most efficient, polished and respected music organizations in the world.  A case study in how to get the job done.  Their no nonsense approach is legendary.

7:26 pm Exodus takes stage
7:47 pm Exodus performance ends


526 Skiffle Bunch   (Trinidad & Tobago)
Echoes Of War

Skiffle Bunch on Stage At Madison Square Garden WSMF 2005  -- cp

Dressed in white jackets with black slacks and red ties (males) - all white dresses (females) - Skiffle Bunch looked stunning.  Coming in as one of the favorites SB was beaten by a mere 3 points.  They tied with Exodus for Best Tune of Choice.  Liam Teague is on hand to drop a solo while the band takes on a frozen pose.  Very animated with choreographed moments that highlight and dramatize the music.  The original piece written by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe gave us flashes of pure genius.

5:08 pm Skiffle Bunch takes stage
5:34 pm Skiffle Bunch performance ends


473 T&T Defence Force   (Trinidad & Tobago)
Symphony #4 in "F" Minor- The Finale

T&T Defence Force on Stage At Madison Square Garden WSMF 2005  -- cp

Dressed in black, the T&T Defence Force opened the show and set the tone for what would be a very high level of musical performances.

4:08 pm Defence Force takes stage
4:27 pm Defence Force performance ends


466
  Sound Specialists of Laventille   (Trinidad & Tobago)
From Kumasi To La Trinidad
Sound Specialist of Laventille on Stage At Madison Square Garden WSMF 2005  -- cp

Dressed in African designs and clothing, Sound Specialists looked and played the part of the characters in their riveting musical.  Easily the most innovative and dramatic piece of story telling through music for the evening.  Sound Specialists literally took the audience on a musical journey and captivated visually, spiritually, and musically.

6:01 pm Sound Specialists takes stage
6:26 pm
Sound Specialists performance ends


441 New Dimensions  (Grenada)
Poets & Peasants Overture

New Dimensions on Stage At Madison Square Garden WSMF 2005  -- cp

Dressed in rainbow-colored striped garments, New Dimension let Madison Square Garden no why they are Grenada's top ranking steel orchestra.  Their rendition of Poets & Peasants Overture was beautiful.

6:43 pm New Dimensions takes stage
7:02 pm New Dimensions performance ends


411 CASYM (USA)
Marche Slave

CASYM on Stage At Madison Square Garden WSMF 2005  -- cp

Dressed in black jackets with black slacks with white shirts.  CASYM was the sole representative of the New York Steelpan community.  They thrilled the home crowd with their energetic performance.  They received a standing ovation at the end of their performance.

8:56 pm CASYM takes stage
9:16 pm CASYM performance ends


346 Pan Masters (Canada)

Dressed in black and white, Pan Masters - made up of mainly young people - were the sole representatives of Canada.  The crowd appreciated their performance, and showed their support.

8:24 pm Pan Masters takes stage
9:35 pm Pan Masters performance ends


The Prizes

   POSITION                                                     PRIZE (USD)

      1st place                                                           $40,000.00

      2nd place                                                          $35,000.00

     3rd place                                                           $30,000.00

     4th place                                                           $25,000.00

     5th place                                                           $20,000.00

     6th place                                                           $15,000.00

     7th place                                                           $10,000.00

     8th place                                                           $10,000.00
 



Judges
Dr. Larry Snider Akron, Ohio, USA
Dr. Anne Marion Osborne Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Dr. Eugene Novotney California, USA
Alternate:
  Ms. Merle Albino-DeCouteau

The Hornorees


Pan Trinbago's President's with 2005 Honorees -
Mr. Albert Jones, Ms. Joyce Quamina and Mr. Clifford Alexis

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