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Hat Trick Eludes Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe
and Phase II Pan Groove

 Trinidad & Tobago Steelband Panorama 2007

The Yard Series


Trinidad -  Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe and Leon 'Smooth' Edwards definitely have one thing in common, post-panorama - their concern for the young players in their bands.  In the case of Boogsie Sharpe, the bitter taste of the loss of the 2007 Panorama championship manifested in the despair of his Phase II Pan Groove musicians, particularly the young.  Chalking up 286.5 points to Trinidad All Stars' 288.5 in the final round of competition, it was a crushing blow to the Woodbrook-based band when Leon 'Smooth' Edwards and Trinidad All Stars went home with the championship, and Phase II had to settle for second place.  This was also the first time in many years that an aggregate system of judging was implemented where the scores of all three judges were taken into account.  In recent years, a bank of judges was selected, and the highest and lowest scores discarded, with the remaining tally as the official result.

The 2005 and 2006 Panorama-winning arranger said he was 'alright,' but with the disappointment of the loss of the title, he was 'sorry for his players, especially the younger ones; "A lot of them cried and stuff..."'   Asked what he had to say to his young players in the face of such disappointment, Boogsie told the youngsters to continue what they were doing, and they would be the best [pan players] that there were in Trinidad and Tobago.

Boogsie spoke about the amount of work that they had put in [while working toward the title].  "The money [top prize] don't mean nothing to me; is to get the history - three [wins] in a row...we're coming again next year."  Had Phase II won, they would have also been the only band in panorama history to do so with original compositions by their arranger.  As customary, Boogsie penned 'Sharin' Licks' for the 2007 panorama season; the track was vocalized by Crazy (Edwin Ayoung).


Live Exclusive post-panorama interview with
Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe - arranger,
Phase II Pan Groove and Dixieland Steel Orchestra

Responding to reports that no one from Phase II went to collect the band's second-prize check for seven hundred thousand dollars (TT) on stage at Skinner Park in San Fernando when the results were announced, the arranger told When Steel Talks that he had only 'heard that today [Monday February 19].'  He explained that he left Skinner Park before All Stars finished playing.

In ending, the ace musician took time out to recognize the 2007 Panorama champions.  "I just want to say congratulations to All Stars for winning the panorama...This was a hard one for me, you know?  Because you looking at history [the much sought-after hat trick] there, you know?  But - we'll be back again," promised the prolific musician, arranger and composer.

Tobago's Dixieland Steel Orchestra for whom Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe also arranged, and who went into the medium category finals leading by one point, failed in their bid to cop the title in their division.  Playing De Fosto's Pan Lamentation, Dixieland saw their hopes for glory fade as Sound Specialists of Laventille won the judges' nod during the finals.  The orchestra had to settle for fourth place behind Silver Stars and Sforzata steel orchestras.


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