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The Bradley Years represent the definitive collection of steelband music arrangements and performances for a large steel orchestra. This collection showcases seven classic arrangements from the master arranger Clive Bradley.  Bradley is considered to be the best steelband music arranger ever by many, including his peers.  In addition, the arrangements are performed by one of the finest steelbands in the world, New York’s Pantonic Steel Orchestra. Clive Bradley had a very special relationship with Pantonic.  This orchestra clinched the title of panorama champions five times in seven years - performing Bradley’s musical works.  The performances were captured by Basement Recordings days before, and in one instance, mere moments before they took the stage for the prestigious annual steelband music panorama competition. 

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Web Posted - Thursday August 25, 2016
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 Annual youth festival celebrates Caribbean heritage & steel pan

Brooklyn, NY - The Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center (CLACC­C) will host its’ annual ​Children’s Festival and ​PanFest, which showcases junior talent and Caribbean heritage. The festival is held at the CLACC­C museum grounds, a landmark brownstone located at St. John’s Place between Kingston & Brooklyn avenue. The festival will run from noon 7pm.

PanFest is one component of the ​CLACC­CC Children’s Festival​, now in its' sixth year. The junior steel pan competition includes some of Brooklyn’s youngest steel band members. Steel band performances include, ​Crossfire, Adlib, Pan Stars, Triumphant Stars, Harmony, Higher Levin, Pantonic, C.A.S.Y.M and Pan Evolution. “The festival is a show for kids, by kids,” Lezama­Clark, president of CLACC­C, states, “we want to ensure that the community and children who participate in the festival ​ leave with a better understanding and appreciation of the culture.”
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Web Posted - Thursday August 18, 2016
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 Youth Steelbands in the spotlight this weekend during Pan Trinbago Steelband Month Celebration

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Two steelpan activities with the youth as the target audience will take centre stage this weekend.

In the North, the Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra will present its First Annual Extravaganza on Saturday 20 August, 2016, at the St. James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St. James between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The exciting program—for the youths and produced by the youths—include Junior champion steel orchestras St. Francois Girls’ College Steel Orchestra, St. Margaret’s Youth Steel Orchestra, Trinidad All Stars Youth Steel Orchestra and hosts Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra. There is no cover charge for this event.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 18, 2016
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Calypso family fun at shopping mall

Caribbean Cool.....A Caribbean Steel Band performance was held in the Castlegate Shopping Centre on Saturday 13th August

Teesside, United Kingdom -  A little bit of Paradise came to a North-East shopping centre as a steel drum band entertained bargain hunters.

The Paradise Steel Band took to the mall in the Castlegate shopping centre and kept Stockton shoppers boogying in the aisles as they sang along to much loved reggae and calypso favourites.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 18, 2016
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---, United Kingdom -  A little bit of Paradise came to a North-East shopping centre as a steel drum band entertained bargain hunters.

The Paradise Steel Band took to the mall in the Castlegate shopping centre and kept Stockton shoppers boogying in the aisles as they sang along to much loved reggae and calypso favourites.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 17, 2016
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United Kingdom Steelband 2016 Panorama Line-up

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Web Posted - Wednesday August 17, 2016
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 For New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra - Age Is More Than Just A Number - Band Launch 2016

Moving to a different drum - A different beat - Demanding a different outcome

New York Pan Stars Steel Orchestra after their performance at their band launch

New York, USA - There is the common saying that ‘age is more than just a number’ and in the case of New York Pan Stars (NYPS) this is evidently quite true. NYPS is a relatively young organization both in terms of existence and the average age of its players - by New York steel orchestra standards. But there are very few things ‘youthful’ about the way NYPS goes about its operations. And in this regard the operating description for NYPS would be: focused, committed and professional. Oh, and did we say - talented?

....The New York band launches have begun in earnest, this being the second weekend of performances that take place at the Brooklyn panyards. Last week the new kids on the block, Pan Evolution got the tradition rolling with its launch and this past weekend ADLIB Steel Orchestra and New York Pan Stars held theirs in Long Island and Brooklyn respectively. 
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Web Posted - Sunday August 13, 2016
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 A Special Place, A Special Moment - St. Margaret's Boys Steel Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

St. Margaret’s Boys’ Steel Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

New York, USA - Vēnērunt, vīdērunt, vīcērunt - They came, they saw, they conquered. Looking back a little over one year ago, it was indeed by the fifth thunderous standing ovation any doubt the organizers of this historic event may have had about the musical prowess of St. Margaret’s Boys’ Steel Orchestra, and its ability to endear itself to, enchant and ‘wow’ the widely diverse audience which had assembled at the hall on this evening, were completely obliterated. St. Margaret’s Boys’ Steel Orchestra had just captured the majestic Carnegie Hall in New York. Moreover the power, magic and beauty of a steel orchestra was on full display.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 10, 2016
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 No nest for birdsong

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - On the second day of pan month, birdsong Academy Steelband and Music School received an eviction notice to vacate its Tunapuna base. The band has until August 15 to vacate the premises it has occupied for the past 28 years.

On August 2, birdsong was served with an eviction notice by a court marshal informing them that the band’s pan theatre and music school is scheduled for demolition.

Birdsong and the landlord have been in legal battles dating back to September 1997, when the owner filed court action to recover possession of the land. In 2015 a court order was granted in favour of the landlord and the band was ordered to vacate. Lenny Tyson, a member of birdsong’s board, said the band was in negotiations with the landlord up to March. The court ruled in favour of the landlord and gave birdsong until March 31 to vacate.
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Web Posted - Monday August 8, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

 Chinese pan students visit Laventille Steelband Fest

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Beijing, one of just a few schools in China with a steel orchestra. The group arrived on Friday and would be returning home today (Monday).

The Chinese school was invited to witness the Laventille Steelband Festival Street parade which was held yesterday.

This was in an effort to forge a strong relationship with a complementary school programme in Trinidad and Tobago.

The entourage of 23, included 16 high school students, parents and teachers, all of whom would return home today (Monday).

....The Ritan High School has expressed an interest in developing its pan programme, and hoped that this trip to TT would broaden their understanding of the steel pan, and its origin.
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Web Posted - Monday August 8, 2016
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Commancheros Steel Orchestra captures Grenada 2016 National Panorama Title

Flag of the GrenadaSt. George’s, Grenada, W.I. - A slate of nine steel orchestras vied for the title of Grenada’s national Panorama champion for 2016. Commancheros Steel Orchestra turned the musical tables on Angel Harps (who beat them into second place last year) and their seven other competitors, with their winning performance which gave them the top score of 278. From their appearance position halfway into the competition, Commancheros’ musicians apparently had what it took to peak in the Panorama, as far as the three-judge panel which consisted of Lennox London, Stephanie Power and Cuthbert Matthews, was concerned. All three are from Trinidad and Tobago. 
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Web Posted - Friday August 5, 2016
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 August is pan month

...street parade in Laventille tomorrow

During Pan Month, several activities will take place at the Desperadoes panyard.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Tomorrow, Laventille will once more open its arms to residents and visitors alike to come and share in the brighter side in the capital of the pan world. From 5 pm, the Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation (LSFF) will host its annual Emancipation Steelband Street Parade along the Eastern Main Road, Success Village, Laventille.

This edition marks 18 years of successful production of this event which has the largest participation of steelbands outside of the annual Panorama.

Close to 30 bands have indicated their attendance which includes the cream of the crop in 2016 National Panorama champion Desperadoes, bpTT Renegades, First Citizens Supernovas, Hadco Phase II Pan Groove, Massy Trinidad All Stars, CAL Invaders, Starlift, Pan Elders, Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille, Trinidad East Side, St James Tripolians and many more.
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Web Posted - Monday August 1, 2016
Wisconsin State Journal

 Creating a special musical instrument in Madison

Jenny Robinson demonstrates how to play a handpan. Robinson founded Isthmus Instruments, LLC, on Madison's Far East Side to create the rare musical instruments, which have an otherworldly sound.

Wisconsin, USA - Though Jenny Robinson is only 31, her resume has a long list of former jobs: invasive species control with the National Park Service, package handler at UPS, engraver at a sign shop, a stint as a machinist and work as a quality auditor and production supervisor for Kraft Foods.

And now, handpan builder.

....Modeled on an instrument invented in 2000 in Switzerland, the handpan is made of two half-shells of metal. The finished product resembles a large double-sided tortoise shell (or even a small UFO from an early sci-fi movie).

....Though easy to play, a high-quality handpan is still rare to find. Each instrument takes months to fabricate out of a flat circle of low-carbon steel. It must be finely shaped, hammered, heated, stretched and tuned to create the handpan’s distinctive sound — somewhat like a harp, a bit like a marimba, a mellower cousin of the steelpan drum.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 31, 2016
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Pan Alive 2016 - Toronto Panorama Steel Orchestras - Results

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Web Posted - Sunday July 31, 2016
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Hail Halcyon! 2016 Antigua & Barbuda Panorama Champions, with first-time champion arranger Devon Bachelor

Flag of the Antigua & BarbudaSt. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda - Currently celebrating forty-five years in existence, Halcyon Steel Orchestra added to that milestone with another glorious one - that of 2016 Panorama champions, clinching the title for the thirteenth time in its history, much to the ecstasy of the band’s management, arranger Devon Bachelor, its musicians and supporters. The steelband’s battle for steel supremacy was rewarded after the judges had a chance to hear and see eight steel orchestras put their best musical notes forward in hours of great steelband music.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 24, 2016
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Review: Steelpan virtuoso Akiho dazzles with Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Pennsylvania, USA -  ....Most of the concert was devoted to five pieces by rising composer Andy Akiho. Born in 1979, his main instrument is steel pan — a concave bowl with specific pitches provides by convex surfaces within the bowl. He’s currently living in New York City and working on his Ph.D. in composition at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Akiho’s “Erase” for the full ensemble embodies many of the qualities that make him an appealing composer. It is an energetic composition, boldly scored, in a language which comfortably draws upon minimalism but is full of contrast.

 The composer joined cellist Norbert Lewandowski for “21,” a piece prompted by his interest in the 21st measure of a violin sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach. After Akiho’s initial material was performed acoustically, the musician played with a recorded track. It was an interesting exploration of Bach’s notes in Akiho’s language, and featured the composer’s astonishing virtuosity on steel pan.
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Web Posted - Wednesday July 20, 2016
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A pleasant evening of ‘Rhapsody in Steel’

A section of the UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra in action

Jamaica, W.I. - When short, hand-held sticks gently hit specific spots in a timely manner, the beautiful sound that emanated from the mainly half pans, with a few full-sized ones, was mesmerising. Despite the absence of vocals - except for a shout here and there for dynamism - the words of the songs being played seemed to float from the well-arranged patterns brought to life by the choreographed, dexterous movements of each musician.

So it was on Sunday that the Manning's Hill Road-based church, St John The Evangelist, had the sixth staging of their fundraising steel band concert at the Karram Speid Auditorium. Aptly, it was called 'Rhapsody in Steel: A Musical Feast'. There was no denying that it was, indeed, a 'pan' concert.

From the opening item, Jamaica's National Anthem, to more than three quarters of the programme, it was a steady dose of favourites. Two bands, The Bethel Steel Orchestra and The UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra, were entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the audience fully engaged.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 17, 2016
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Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds set to tour KwaZulu Natal

 Leading South African musicians, Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds, will be touring KwaZulu Natal in August

South Africa  - ISUPPORT Music Business, in association with Concerts SA, present the KwaZulu-Natal tour of Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds. The duo and their band will visit the Still Session at Distillery031 in Durban, Luthuli Museum in Groutville, Seaman’s Corner in Hammarsdale and Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown during the tour.

Pops Mohamed can be cited as South Africa’s leading multi-instrumentalist; playing the kora (African harp), mbira (thumb piano), Khoisan bow and various percussion instruments. In his career, he has released 27 albums as well as winning various awards.

Dave Reynolds is a SAMRO award winning acoustic guitarist and composer and one of South Africa’s leading steelpan players. He has recorded with various artists, such as Hugh Masekela and Steve Newman.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 16, 2016
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A Review -- Metamorphosis - Leon “Foster” Thomas

A look at the latest CD release from the musician extraordinaire

CD Cover of Metamorphosis by Leon “Foster” Thomas

Global - It’s a beautiful late Spring afternoon and we are here in the quiet Fulton Park in Brooklyn listening to Metamorphosis by Leon “Foster” Thomas, with every so often, the vibrations from the rumbling of the famous A Train underground adding a 3D feeling to the listening environs. Coincidentally, this park is within earshot of where so many monster musicians lived, grew up, were inspired and developed their chops: Lena Horne, Randy Weston, Max Roach, and Billy Cobham to name a few.

Reviewing a collection of new music is sometimes like sampling a box of unmarked assorted chocolates. It’s filled with unknown risks, horror shows and potential joys. Moreover, you just never know what you are going to get. Well here is a “spoiler alert.” Every music morsel in this box is outstanding.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 16, 2016
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 St. Lucia Panorama 2016 Results - Laborie Steel Orchestra are new Champs

Laborie Steel Orchestra performs at St. Lucia Panorama 2016

St. Lucia, W.I. - With a complement of 73 players Laborie Steel Orchestra dethroned the perennial champs and favorites, heavyweight Pantime Steel Orchestra when the former were judged the 2016 St. Lucia National Panorama champions. Laborie performed an Andrius Edwide-arrangement of Arthur Allain’s “Who I Am.” Andrius Edwide, who is only nineteen, captured the imagination of the audience and judges - two from Trinidad & Tobago, Damion Phillip and Stephanie Powers, and three St. Lucians who included Gordon ‘Gene’ Leon and Gregory Piper. The enthusiastic performance by Laborie Steel Orchestra is indicative of the spirit, hard work and commitment to excellence exhibited by the youths of the organization, according to band leader Ms. Quill Barthelmy. Hailing from the south of St. Lucia, the group is also known as the Laborie Steelpan Project and is celebrating its tenth year in existence. This is their first Panorama title.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 14, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Young and moving on

St Margaret’s Youth Steel Orchestra is staging its Ninth Annual Youth Steelband Extrava-ganza tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - ....Young nationals continue to achieve great things on the global stage; achievements which go unnoticed by most and in which we must be very proud and applaud.

The young musicians of Exocubs Steel Orchestra (youth arm of Republic Bank Exodus) recently returned home after winning standing ovations and critical acclaim for their performances in Argentina.

Their counterparts of Valley Harps Steel Orchestra of Petit Valley are currently winding down a concert tour of France.

The St Margaret’s Youth Steel Orchestra also continues to fly the cultural flag of T&T very high as they show us and the world the great invention that is the steelpan. They will be staging their Ninth Annual Youth Steelband Extravaganza tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, starting at 2 p.m.
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Web Posted - Thursday July 14, 2016
Trinidad Express Newspapers

Brown Bag and Steelpan for lunch

PLAYING MUSIC: Denise Rose of NSSO interacts with Bhola Verma, a member of the visiting Bhojpuri delegation from India.

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The National Library in Port of Spain was buzzing with excitement and anticipation as students and members of the public gathered to enjoy steelpan music by the National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago.

The event aimed at introducing students and the general public in Port of Spain and environs to the G-Pan while enlightening audiences about the various career options available for professional performers in the creative industry.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 12, 2016
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Pan Pun De Sand – all Bajan talent

Peter Ram closed the show with Mosaic.

Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I. - It was pure Mosaic magic as the more than 40-member band closed the show on the last day of the three-day pan extravaganza, Massy Pan Pun De Sand, at Brandons Beach on Sunday.

For over seven hours there was nothing but pan, sweet pan, as local talent took centre stage.

This year the National Cultural Foundation went 100 per cent Bajan, with the exception of the Newton Playboys Steel Orchestra out of Trinidad who did their set as a “gift” to the country for their 50th anniversary of Independence.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 12, 2016
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More Thanks To Taiwan

$40,000 for Belize Pan Yaad Steelband Contest and Carnival King and Queen Competition

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Belize, C.A. - Earlier on we told you how the Taiwanese had donated a whole new building for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - well that was after lunch; after breakfast they also gave $40,000 to the National Celebrations Commission. Today a short handing over ceremony was held at the NICH office on the corner of Regent Street and Rectory Lane. Both the Co-chairperson of the NCC and the Taiwanese Ambassador spoke about the significance of this donation.

As you heard, the funds will be put towards the Pan Yaad Steelband Contest and the Carnival King and Queen Competition.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 12, 2016
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International Marimba and Steelpan Festival 2016

Gauteng, South Africa - Esteemed adjudicators for the 5th Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival 2016.

We are less than three weeks away from the largest marimba and steelpan festival in the world with over 1600 performers from all over South Africa as well as a large contingent from Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana.

Schools and institutions from far and wide are preparing to battle it out for the coveted trophies and prizes to be won and will be descending on Benoni on 29 July for a weekend of music, marimbas and merriment!

We are happy to announce our 6 power-house esteemed adjudicators for the festival: Andy Narell, steelpan guru from France, Hallie Blejewski, steelpan specialist from the USA, marimba specialists Gerard van de Geer from Australia and Bongani Sotshononda from South Africa and Dr Andile Khumalo and South African legend, Pops Mohamed from South Africa.
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Web Posted - Monday July 11, 2016
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St. Lucia Steel Orchestra Panorama 2016 - Bands, Tunes, Arrangers

St. Lucia flagSt. Lucia, W.I. - Reigning St. Lucia National Panorama champ PanTime Steel Orchestra faces off against only four other steel orchestras as they defend their title on July 15.  Last year, they topped seven contenders as they made it three titles in a row. The field has been reduced in 2016, but pan lovers are looking forward to the best from each band. 

Pantastic Muzik Steel Orchestra, Pan Ambassadors, Laborie Steel Orchestra and West Coast Steel Orchestra are the groups determined to end PanTime's steelband supremacy in 2016.
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Web Posted - Sunday July 10, 2016
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The Anatomy of Panorama 2016 - Quick Chart:
Antigua & Barbuda National Panorama Steel Orchestra Music Competition

Flag of the Antigua & BarbudaSt. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda - Eight steel orchestras are scheduled to take the stage in the capital of Antigua & Barbuda to vie for the crown of 2016 Panorama champs. Seven of them are attempting to dethrone reigning champions Hells Gate Steel Orchestra, which will be going with the selection Sound of Steel arranged by long-time champion arranger Khan Cordice.
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Steelband Music Panorama Info & Results of Trinidad and Tobago - 2016

When Steel Talks' 2016 Panorama logoTrinidad & Tobago, W.I. - All rounds - all categories at a glance... Large, Medium, Small, Junior and Single Pan Band.

Complete info and results for Trinidad and Tobago's Steelband Panorama 2016.  Check out the background story on some of your favorite steel orchestras and their arrangers, what selections they played, and more.
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Panorama Champion TunesGlobal - A critical component to winning any panorama competition is the song the orchestras choose to use as the basis of their panorama arrangements. Over the years these songs have inspired classic panorama arrangements. When Steel Talks invites you to take a look at and listen to, these famed tunes which have played more than just a cursory part in the history of Pan, and the lives of the players and fans.
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