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British Association of Steelbands and the Children and Parents Carnival Association Junior Steelband Competition 2K8

CSI Community Steelband captures CAPCA/BAS 2K8 Junior Panorama title

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United Kingdom - Kensington Memorial Park, St Marks Road, London W10 was transformed into a Carnival Village on Monday the 11th August 2008 to accommodate the annual CAPCA/BAS Carnival and Junior Panorama competition. The overcast skies did not deter the public and participants from attending nor dampen the spirits of the young pannists; in fact, it turned out to be a fun day filled with sweet strains of steelpan music being heard from the junior steelbands dotted around the Park completing their final rehearsals/warm up sessions before the competition. Nostalgia steel band led by Lionel MacCalman played some nostalgic yet catchy tunes to accompany the parade of the children’s Mas bands before the start of the Junior Panorama competition.

The 2008 Junior Panorama competition saw the audience being treated to an explosion of sweet steel band music played by young enthusiastic pan musicians. This year’s competition saw four steel bands competing for the title of ‘The 2008 Junior Panorama Champions’. The British Association of Steelband in partnership with the Children and Parents Carnival Association under the stewardship and guidance of Lee Woolford Chivers hosted the competition. Judges were Mark Williams from Eclipse steel orchestra, the Mayoress of Kensington and Chelsea and Adannae Okeke of Stardust steel orchestra.

In first place with 252 points was the CSI Community Group Steelband who played Brent’s musical arrangement of Biggy Irie’s, ‘Nah Goin Home’. This was their first appearance at this competition and Brent Holder’s young band of pan musicians certainly started with a bang. In second place was Ebony Youth Steel Band. Their rendition of Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe’s, ‘Musical Vengeance’ was awarded 241 points. The Dubois sisters continue to work tirelessly with their young musicians. Defending Champions, Croydon Steel Orchestra led by musical director, Paul Dowie was the largest band on the day and played his musically arranged rendition of, ‘Nah Goin Home’ that earned them third place with 231 points. Paul continues to inspire his young pannists. In fourth place was Comets Youth Steel Orchestra with 223 points playing David Wellcomme’s musical rendition of Destra’s, ‘Hooked’. This youthful band had bags of enthusiasm which will prove to be an asset in future competitions. David’s first solo appearance as a musical arranger in competition has shown that he has a solid platform to work from and we will certainly hear much more of his inspiring music in the future.

On the day steel band music was the overall winner; the wealth of music played by the young and talented pan musicians certainly captivated their audience. This infectious music is spreading like a virus and BAS is hoping to assist it becoming a global epidemic. Everyone is now looking forward to next year’s competition with great enthusiasm.


Results
CSI Community Steel Band – 252
Ebony Youth Steel Orchestra – 241
Croydon Steel Orchestra – 231
Comets Youth Steel Orchestra - 223
 

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