When Steel Talks
got the opportunity to hear from Elton Bain, Vice Chairman,
Pan Trinbago, South/Central region, in regard to last Sunday's South Steelband Panorama
Showcase which featured bands from the south/central area, and also next Saturday's
historic staging of the 2007 National Panorama Finals at Skinner Park, San
Fernando in South Trinidad.
Seventeen of the twenty-one conventional bands expected at
the south steelband extravaganza showed up to deliver sweet steel to those who
came out. There was no categorical distinction in size, as participating
orchestras fielded a minimum of forty and a maximum of seventy musicians.
Fonclaire emerged winners, followed by Pan Elders, then Skiffle Bunch in third
place. Full results are accessible later in this piece. All eight of
the single pan aka traditional bands registered turned out for the event, with
New Age Trendsetters, Pan Revival and Self Help Marines, respectively, topping the
category. The six bands all received trophies.
with Elton Bain,
vice chairman, Pan
The facilities of the Skinner Park venue
got its first real test at Sunday's show, and based on
the experience, the stage itself will be widened by Saturday
to accommodate the very large steel orchestras in
Among the crowd that turned out were the Minister of
Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, Joan Yuille-Williams, and
Whitfield Weekes, Chairman of Pan Trinbago, South/Central. Both were pleased by
what they saw in terms of the facilities and arrangements in place for the
national panorama finals on February 17.
Click here for the February
11 South/Central Steelband
Panorama Showcase results