The Finest Moment in New York Pan History - 2001 New York Panorama: “By Pan People - For Pan People”
New York, USA - Undoubtedly the finest moment in New York steel orchestra Panorama history. The New York steelband community took their destiny into their own hands and momentarily discarded the shackles of WIADCA (West Indian American Day Carnival Association). Practicing a serious case of “FUBU” - (For Us By Us) - as every aspect of this Panorama was executed by the NY Pan community. The New York Times gives the figure of 20,000 people present at this event. In spite of untold obstacles the New York Pan community came together in a manner that has never been seen since, and pulled off demonstrating just what could be.
This historic New York Panorama produced by USSA (United States Steelband Association) unfolded on the athletic field of the then-Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn on Saturday September 1, 2001.
Twelve steel orchestras participated, with Pantonic Steel Orchestra going on to take the championship with a Clive Bradley-arrangement of the late Shadow’s “Stranger.” Coming in second and third respectively, were Sonatas Steel Orchestra and ADLIB Steel Orchestra.