Global - When the Single Pan and Small Steel Orchestra 2014 Panorama Finals get underway at Skinner Park in San Fernando, Trinidad, on Thursday February 27, defending Single Pan Champion San Juan East Side Symphony will lead the charge—literally, as the band plays in position one—in the musical battle. Under the baton of arranger Duvone Stewart, the San Juan-based band will perform the 2013 hit “Fantastic Friday” composed and sung by Austin Lyons aka Superblue. In ninth position coming out of the preliminaries, San Juan East Side Symphony made up ground as expected and were first after the semifinals. The band is going for their fourth consecutive championship.
From the preliminary rounds which fielded sixty-three hopefuls in the Single Pan Band category, sixteen are in the finals and all vying for the title and the prize purse of TT $200,000. Second and third prizes are worth TT $120,000 and TT $95,000 respectively. Fourth and fifth place competitors will both leave with TT $80,000, while fifth and sixth place take home TT $70,000 each. In the same vein, those in eighth and ninth place are expected to each pocket TT $65,000. Bands occupying positions eleven through sixteen will be awarded TT $60,000. The order of appearance for the finals is below.
Following the Single Pan Band competition, ten small steel orchestras take the stage in succession of which nine will attempt to unseat title-defenders Arima Golden Symphony, who will be going for an unprecedented sixth, yes, sixth consecutive championship that evening. They will be playing De Fosto’s “In De Minor” arranged by Terrance “BJ” Marcelle. Contenders for the title will give it their best shot, especially Supernovas Steel Orchestra which has led the pack in both the semifinals and preliminaries; they too have as their tune of choice “In De Minor” ably arranged by Amrit Samaroo. The order of appearance for the small steel orchestras is below.
As in 2013, the top prize in 2014 for the small steel orchestras is TT $400,000 along with Pan Trinbago and bp Challenge Trophies, while the 1st and 2nd runners-up receiving TT $350,000 and TT $300,000 respectively. Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-placing bands take away TT $250,000, TT $200,000 and TT $150,000 in that order, while those in positions seven through ten will be awarded TT $100,000 each. In total, twenty-six bands will transform Skinner Park, San Fernando, into a musical battle zone for pan supremacy. The action starts at 6:00 p.m.
The San Fernando event is the first of two steelband Panorama Finals; the contenders in the medium and large steel orchestra categories compete March 1 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.
Patrons attending the San Fernando showcase will have an opportunity of winning two Return Economy Class tickets to any destination courtesy Caribbean Airlines. Admission is TT$100.00. Gates open two hours before the show.Tweet #Panorama2014