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BAS/CAPCA Junior Steelband Competition 2K9

CSI Steelband Trust retains their CAPCA/BAS Junior Panorama title


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by Robbie Joseph




Brent Holder

CSI Tenor Line

United Kingdom - On Monday the 10th August 2009, the annual CAPCA/BAS Carnival and Junior Panorama competitions transformed the Kensington Memorial Park, St Marks Road, London W10 into a Carnival Village. The overcast skies and spitting rain did not deter the festivities. The park was filled with sweet strains of steelband music from the junior steelbands dotted around the Park completing their final rehearsals before the competition. Nostalgia steel band led by Lionel MacCalman accompanied the Carnival parade before the start of the Junior Panorama competition.


Croydon Steel Orchestra

Croydon Steel Orchestra

The British Association of Steelband in partnership with the Children and Parents Carnival Association under the stewardship and guidance of Lee Woolford Chivers hosted the competition. Judges were Mark Williams of Eclipse steel orchestra, Chris Storey of Pantasia steel orchestra and Lyndon Lacrete from Caribbean Music Association.


Harlow Tenor


CSI Steelband Trust treated the audience to a scintillating Brent Holder’s arrangement of Destra’s, ‘I dare you’. Their choreographed dancing, tight delivery and profound dexterity earn them the Champion’s podium again. In second place was Harlow steel band under the musical directorship of Samuel Du Bois. They played ‘Thunder’ by Kes the Band. A great achievement for Harlow as this was their first appearance at this competition. Samuel and manager, Denyse Barwick, continue to work tirelessly; inspiring their young musicians. Croydon Steel Orchestra led by musical director, Paul Dowie was the largest band on the day and played his musically arranged rendition of Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe’s, ‘Magic Drum’, which earned them third place. This youthful band had bags of enthusiasm which will prove to be an asset in future competitions.

The audience was treated to an explosion of sweet steel band music played by young enthusiastic pan musicians. On the day steel band music was the overall winner; the wealth of music on offer certainly captivated the audience. This infectious music is spreading like a global pandemic and Pan Podium is ably assisting in its dispersion. Everyone is now looking forward to next year’s competition with great enthusiasm. Pan 4 Life!

1st – CSI Steelband Trust
2nd – Harlow Steelband
3rd – Croydon Steel Orchestra

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Contact Robbie Joseph: robbie@panpodium.com
photos by Robbie Joseph

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