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Date:  9.05.05

New York

New York Steel Band Panorama 2005

The Pantonic Era
Champions Show They Can Take a Punch - as Well as Deliver One

 

New York - With five championships wins in the last seven years New York's Pantonic Steel Orchestra has clearly etched out their era in the annals of steel band history.  Having captured five titles in their brief eight-year existence is nothing short of remarkable.   Pantonic's quick rise and dominance of one of the steelpan art form's most respected epicenters, speak volumes about the organization's commitment, resilience, character and intelligence.

Pantonic has shown the mark of a true champion, in that it has sustained success and operated at a highly competitive level over a reasonable period of time.  Furthermore, they have shown the ability to handle adversity, hardship and disappointments.  And they an innate aptitude to conquer an environment that is hostile, indifferent and in a constant state of flux.  2005 was an extremely interesting year, in that it presented the music organization with new and unforeseen challenges.  They dealt with lack of practice space until a mere ten days before this year's panorama competition - in a season that is normally about two months long, and could also be said to be recovering from any residual effects from last year's disappointing end to their season.

The New York steelband music scene is one of the most competitive music forums in the world.  It is the home of some of the most respected and honored steelpan notables in the history of steelband music.  Moreover, it continues to be the active stomping ground of some of the 'Hall of Famers' and legendary characters of the artform whose talent is second to none.   Their names read like a legends' history book for steel pan.  This year's participants included master arrangers Jit Samaroo, Pelham Goddard, Clive Bradley, Robert Greenidge, and tuners Jack Riley, Roland Harrigin, Wallace Austin and Birch Kellman, who all already have multiple glorious chapters in the great history of the steel band music and movement.  Indeed, among many talented who will no doubt join these greats in the future.

Pantonic's core players, affectionately known as 'Bradley's Kids,' is a proud, young, talented and hungry bunch led by focused, able and forward-thinking veteran  management.  Indeed the Pantonic era may have just begun.

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Pantonic celebrate on stage after winning 5th title in seven years at the 2005 New York Panorama

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