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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. 

The recordings capture, reproduce and present an unrivalled clarity with sonic realism, of a large steel orchestra fielding between one hundred and one hundred twenty musicians - unlike any other steelband music recordings in its class.

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Web Posted - Saturday August 29, 2015
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New York Panyard Locations 2015

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Web Posted - Saturday August 29, 2015
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Not Going to New York Panorama 2015 but... Are Steelpan Musicians Worth More Than A Selfie?

New York Steel Pan
 

Brooklyn, New York -  After nights of sacrifice and practice in some very unfriendly conditions, there are some minimal expectations that these performing steelpan musicians should reasonably expect. After all, the Brooklyn panists are an awesome talent who are investing their time, monies and energies in this magnificent art form. Moreover, they have been a critical contributor to the cultural landscape of New York.
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Web Posted - Friday August 28, 2015
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A Message From Michael L Joseph Chairman South / Central Region of Pan Trinbago - The ICP

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Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. -  The International Conference and Panorama, an initiative of Pan Trinbago, has come and gone, and was a resounding success in the area of participation. Thanks to President Keith Diaz and his executive for their vision and fortitude in taking such a bold step in the life of the Steelband movement at this time.
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Web Posted - Saturday August 29, 2015
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New York Panorama 2015
Bands - Tunes - Arrangers - Order of Appearance

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Web Posted - Friday August 21, 2015
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 Representing Brooklyn BSO Holds It Down at the International Panorama
 

BSO at JFK Airport upon their arruvak
 

New York, USA -  “Who are they?” “What did they do?” “Are they a sports team?” were the questions heard around the arrival hall of Terminal 4. And without hesitation, proud parent Lisa Samuel—who was one of the very few on hand to greet the returning musicians, and ensured that each personally got a huge welcome as they came out of ‘customs’—would explain their accomplishments to the curious onlookers. And as per a special osmosis, they too would beam with pride and joy.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 19, 2015
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Web Posted - Tuesday August 18, 2015
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 From Laventille to Cuba... with Success Laventille Secondary School Steel Orchestra, Success Stars Pan Sounds

Success Laventille Secondary School Steel Orchestra & Success Stars Pan Sounds
 

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  The Cuban Institute of Music on behalf of the Government of Cuba, invited Success Laventille Secondary School (SLSS) steel orchestra, Success Stars Pan Sounds to visit Cuba, August 22-30, 2015.

....In making this trip a reality the group has been in pursuit of more than TT $500,000.00, and in fact still need TT $200,00.00 to get off the ground. Generous corporations and individuals can act—immediately—and join in making this worthy undertaking a reality.
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Web Posted - Sunday August 16, 2015
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Re: 2015 UK National Panorama performance information

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United Kingdom -  29th August – National Panorama Championship Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, Kensal Road
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Web Posted - Monday August 10, 2015
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Trinidad All Stars at International Panorama
 

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  I took time out Sunday night from a serious writing project, did the math, alarmed my phone, then waited for the signal that Massy Trinidad All Stars was about to redeliver Curry Tabanca for the second time in 28 years.
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Web Posted - Monday August 10, 2015
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 International Panorama 2015 Results
 

icp logoPort-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  International Panorama 2015 Results Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra wins the inaugural International Panorama. They also win the first place prize of US $250,000 and the “World Steel Pan Trophy” designed by Kemal Manickchand.
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Web Posted - Sunday August 9, 2015
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 Grenada National Steelband Panorama 2015 - RESULTS - Angel Harps Steel Orchestra Triumphs!

Grenada Angel Harps Steel Orchestra on stage during the 2015 National Steelband Panorama competition
 

Grenada, W.I. -  Angel Harps Steel Orchestra topped the field of nine steel orchestras from across Grenada which vied for the title of National Panorama Champions for 2015.

The win ended the three-year drought without a title for the band, its last triumph being back in 2011.
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Web Posted - Friday August 7, 2015
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 5th Annual festival celebrates Caribbean heritage and artistry
 

Trophies at stake in the inaugural CLACC-C PanFest

Brooklyn, NY -  PanFest is just one component of the CLACC-C Children’s Festival, now in its’ fifth year.  The free annual festival highlights important health and wellness information for children and parents, as well as talent and artistry found in Caribbean culture.  There are clowns, music, games and food, and a little history too. The festival is held in front the landmark brownstone at 1028 St. John's Place, and extends the entire block.
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Web Posted - Thursday August 6, 2015
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 Grenada National Steelband Panorama 2015
 

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Grenada, W.I. - Nine steel orchestras from across Grenada will compete for the national panorama title.
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Web Posted - Thursday August 6, 2015
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 International Panorama 2015 Stage Set
 

icp logoPort-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  Twenty-four steel orchestras from across the globe have registered to participate in the first-ever International Panorama.

The bands, twelve local and twelve from the wider Caribbean, United States of America, Canada, France, Japan and England - will compete at the “Mecca of Pan,” the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, on Sunday 9th August 2015. Starting time is 3:00 p.m.

Bands will be vying for the first prize of US$250,000, and the “World Steel Pan Trophy” designed by Kemal Manickchand.
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Web Posted - Thursday August 6, 2015
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 Brooklyn Steel Orchestra Armed and Ready for the Steel Band International Panorama
 

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Brooklyn, New York -  The contingent of the amalgamation of some of Brooklyn’s finest steelpan musicians ran through their final paces at a practice When Steel Talks attended, before heading to Trinidad under the banner of Brooklyn Steel Orchestra. Without doubt this is the greatest gathering of Brooklyn, New York steelpan music performing artists assembled from all the New York steel orchestra franchises for a single musical performing purpose.

BSO will be performing this carnival season’s monster hit “Ah Feeling” as their tune of choice. The “Lead Pipe” and “Saddis” composition took the Caribbean and Caribbeanites overseas by storm this past year. Accomplished New York-based arrangers Odie Franklin, Kendall Williams and Marc Brooks will provide the musical direction and arrangement for the orchestra - and the group will be operating under the leadership of Travis Roberts and Kernel Simon.
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Web Posted - Wednesday August 5, 2015
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 French Federation of Steelbands Created: “Steelband en France”
 

Flag of FranceFrance - France has had steelbands for several decades now. They were first adopted in the French West Indian community (from Martinique and Guadeloupe), and became more widespread since the 90s. However, beside a mailing list connecting most of the ‘actors’ (215 members) in a Pan community, France never had any kind of formal organization.

Stimulated by the need of an official representation at the international level, a set of French steelbands decided to create a federation.
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Web Posted - Tuesday August 4, 2015
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 Pantime Representing Saint Lucia at International Panorama
 

St. Lucia, W.I. -  Pantime Steel Orchestra has been the most dominant force in Saint Lucia in recent times, as its three consecutive victories at the country’s annual Panorama competition would attest. Now, the pan troupe is taking its talents to Trinidad and Tobago.

Founded in 2000 by Cecile “Tortee” Philgence, the band’s goal has always been the development of young people through music, specifically the steel pan art form. Pantime has also won the Junior Panorama competition twice in a row.
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Web Posted - Tuesday August 4, 2015
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 International Conference and Panorama 2015 Event Schedule
 

icp logoPort-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  List of schedule of events. Pan Trinbago, in collaboration with the ICP (International Conference and Panorama), is hosting the International Conference and Panorama, which takes place from the 3rd to the 9th of August 2015.
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Web Posted - Tuesday August 4, 2015
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International Panorama 2015 Line-Up:  Bands, Tunes & Arrangers
 

icp logoPort-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - International Panorama 2015 Line-Up - Bands, Tunes & Arrangers.

 Pan Trinbago, in collaboration with the ICP (International Conference and Panorama), is hosting the International Conference and Panorama, which takes place from the 3rd to the 9th of August 2015.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 28, 2015
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 Youth Empowerment Within The Steel Pan Industry
 

icp logoPort-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago, in collaboration with the ICP (International Conference and Panorama), is hosting the International Conference and Panorama, which takes place from the 3rd to the 9th of August 2015.

The ICP secretariat is hosting this event to reinforce Pan Trinbago’s position as the world governing body for the steel pan. The steel band movement was born over eighty years ago. To ensure its continued existence and progress, Pan Trinbago is putting emphasis on youth development.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 28, 2015
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 Agenda for ICP Youth Forum - Monday 3rd August 2015 - Faculty of Engineering Lecture Theatre 1 - University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
 

icp logoPort-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The ICP secretariat is hosting the Youth Forum, which is entitled Youth Empowerment Within The Steel Pan Industry - to reinforce Pan Trinbago’s position as the world governing body for the steel pan. This is the day's Agenda.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 28, 2015
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 International Conference on Pan — 5-7 August 2015
 

icp logoPort-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - From August 5 to 7, Pan Trinbago and the ICP Secretariat present the first major International Conference on Pan. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Port of Spain. The Conference is open to the public with a nominal registration fee and will bring together pan scholars and researchers and practitioners from all over the world. The Conference will be a lead up to the International Panorama competition to be held on Sunday August 9 at 3:00 p.m. at the Queen’s Park Savannah. The exciting week of events has something to offer even the most seasoned pan aficionado. The Conference will be preceded on Tuesday, August 4, with an invitation-only business session as Pan Trinbago meets with international delegates concerning international cooperation in the world of pan and the role Pan Trinbago in facilitating.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 28, 2015
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 Bradley and Rebecca
 

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Rebecca was something else.

She left everybody in heat. And something else defined Rebecca. Not only the drinking and carousing. Might have been the wicked weed, too. How she had used it throughout the 1983 Carnival. Everywhere she went. In the dancehall. In the tent. On radio. By the Dry River. On the Hill. At Panorama.
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Web Posted - Tuesday July 28, 2015
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 Steelpan Day Parade
 

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Single Pan Bands formerly known as Pan ‘Round De Neck bands will have their own day, “Paving D’ Way”, during the International Conference and Panorama in August.

Come Saturday August 8th 2015 from 3:00 p.m. in recognition of the role of the Single Pan Bands in the history and development of the steelpan movement, eighteen bands from across Trinidad will participate in a parade through the streets of upper Port of Spain, the country's capital.
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Web Posted - Friday July 24, 2015
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 Pastiche Steel In Concert

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Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Another ‘first’ will take place during the International Conference and Panorama (ICP) which will be held in Trinidad & Tobago in August, with the premiere of the Virtual Steelband.

The event, “Pastiche Steel In Concert,” will be held at the Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Port of Spain, on Friday August 7th 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Pastiche Steel Ensemble, one of Chicago's premier steelbands, will make its maiden appearance as part of the ICP.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 18, 2015
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 St. Lucia 2015 Panorama Results - A Three-Peat for PanTime Steel Orchestra as Champions Yet Again
Amrit Samaroo is Champion Panorama Arranger

Gros Islet, St. Lucia, W.I. - Defending Panorama champs PanTime Steel Orchestra appeared in the penultimate spot in this year’s competition, and tasted the bitter-sweet success of a three-peat as 2015 Panorama champs, without the physical presence of one of their stalwart supporters, in the person of the wife of band manager Cecil ‘Tortee’ Philgence.

The orchestra, founded in 2001, was Panorama champion in 2013 and 2014, making the grade on each occasion with long-time arranger Amrit Samaroo. Aiming for three titles in a row and succeeding, PanTime paid homage to the beloved wife of their band manager who passed away, and delivered Aunty Pam as their tune of choice, composed and arranged by Samaroo.
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Web Posted - Friday July 17, 2015
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Pan Fantasy Steelband To Represent Canada At International Competition In Trinidad

Winner of Last Year's Canadian Pan Alive Competition Representing Canada in International Competition and Performing Twice in Toronto Next Week!

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Toronto, Canada - Pan Fantasy Steelband steps up to the challenge to represent Toronto, Canada at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND PANORAMA 2015 which will take place in Trinidad from August 4th to 11th, 2015.

Pan Trinbago will host this International spectacle embracing all international playing steelbands alongside the winning steelbands of the Panorama Competition 2015 from Trinidad and Tobago, on Sunday August 9th.

Pan Fantasy Steelband one of Toronto’s top steelband and the winners of Pan Alive 2012, 2013, and 2014 competitions, is truly excited to Represent Toronto and Canada in this world class Panorama Competition.

The band will be taking 60 players under the leadership of Wendy Jones and executive members to compete in this ICP Panorama.
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Web Posted - Saturday July 11, 2015
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Beyond pan, mas, All Stars bids now for business glory
 

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - That Massy Trinidad All Stars has moved into business, as an investor in high-value Port of Spain real estate, marks a historic development for that leading steelband. Hell Yard, its evocative and legendary address, is now demonstrably too small to contain the band’s boundless 2015 aspirations.

Massy Trinidad All Stars has now become owner of the 42-44 Duke Street property lying immediately to the south and east of the landmark panyard. Expectations inevitably arise for the band to prove itself not just as a landlord, but also as a property developer.

The 80-year old band may justifiably boast of a distinguished track record in winning Panorama competitions and, lately, and more astonishingly, Carnival Band of the Year titles. At this big and enviable juncture, All Stars is mandated by history to demonstrate for the steelband movement’s community organisations the capacity to conquer fields beyond those of music and Carnival.
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Champion Panorama Tunes of Trinidad and Tobago

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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