Trinidad and Tobago - San Juan East Side Symphony has retained its title as Trinidad & Tobago’s National Single Pan Band Champion for the fifth consecutive year.
The San Juan-based steelband maintained its lead through the various stages of the competition to romp away with TT$200,000.00 (circa USD $31,500.00), and the Pan Trinbago Challenge Trophy - which incidentally they will keep as they have won the title on three successive occasions.
Playing the Duvone Stewart arrangement of Ronnie Mc Intosh’s “Shakin’ It”, the band topped the competition with 286 points, five more than their closest rivals, Trinidad East Side Symphony and Marsicans (tied).
The Grand Finals in the Single Pan and Small Conventional Steel Orchestra categories saw a combined total of twenty-nine steel bands at Skinner Park, San Fernando in South Trinidad, in a marathon session which ended in the wee hours of the morning of Carnival Friday, February 13.
Adjudicators in the Single Pan Band category were Kenrick Noel, Vorbin Cordice, Tommy Critchlow, Joanna Shortt, Bernadette Roberts and Hugh Borde.
The Arima band captured the top berth with their rendition of “Ah Feeling” arranged by Terrance “BJ” Marcelle with 283 points while Supernovas had to settle for second place and 280 points with “Dr. Samaroo” arranged by Amrit Samaroo.
Joslynne Sealey, Lorna Conyette, Sherry-Ann Saunders, Lennox London, Junior Howell and Audley Timothy officiated at the Small Conventional Bands.
The results are at the following links:-