Preliminary Results for Large Conventional Steel Orchestras - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2019
Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Renegades Steel Orchestra, with a rousing rendition of Hookin’ Meh - popularized by “Farmer Nappy” - is leading the ‘pack,’ scoring 273 after the preliminary round of competition for the large conventional steel orchestras in the 2019 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama competition. With champion arranger Duvone Stewart taking care of musical business, the title defenders are making it clear that they intend to hold on to the championship this year. The panyard was packed to capacity with music lovers hours before the judges arrived. Renegades’ performance was one of a few which were live-streamed.
It should be noted that with the revelation of all three sets of results coming out of the preliminaries - Large (below), Medium, and Small - Duvone Stewart is leading in ALL three categories, arranging for one band in each - excellent accomplishment at this point. In the Small category, he is actually in a three-way tie for that top spot, going into the semi-finals.
The band was one of seven steel orchestras in the Northern Region visited at their respective panyards on February 12 by the judges, to determine which fourteen of the overall seventeen nationwide would move on to the semi-finals coming up Sunday February 17 at the Queen’s Park Savannah. Five of the top six after the preliminary stage were Northern region orchestras. Invaders, Trinidad All Stars, Phase II Pan Groove and Desperadoes rounded out those spots; the latter tied with Supernovas from the East. The sister isle of Tobago will be represented by Buccooneers Steel Orchestra which just made it, with fellow band Redemption Sound Setters missing ‘the cut’ by just one point with a score of 249.
Fourteen steel orchestras from the medium category will precede the large bands at the semi-finals, all in a championship quest of Panorama glory on finals night, March 2.