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Sonatas Steelband Launch - Method to the Madness

Panorama champions lay path to success

 
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New York - In spite of the steady drizzle and dark overcast skies, the bands came out to play.  One by one they arrived:  Pan Ambassadors, Despers USA, Harmony, ADLIB, CASYM, Pantonic, Steel Sensation, Sesame Flyers and others were all slated to perform.  In addition supporters and fans continued to turn up at the East New York venue.

Sonatas wait for rain to stop
Sonatas wait for rain to stop

Unfortunately, there was no overhead covering or roof that would have allowed the program to proceed as scheduled.  It was not until well after 9:00 p.m. and the rain held up briefly, that Sonatas opened the show, to be followed by Pan Ambassadors and ADLIB.  The show went on.

It is not astonishing that when you mention the name “Sonatas,” the word “champion” usually follows.  Similarly, it should come as no surprise that the annual Sonatas band launch is customarily one of the best every year in New York.  True to form Sonatas again delivered a show and took the rain delay in stride - the President of Sonatas called the rain simply a “blessing.”

Beyond its impressive panorama record, Sonatas has created a platform where musicians  - particularly young people - can live out their passion for performing steelpan music on one of the world’s grandest stages.

Prior success breeds expectations of future accomplishments on every level. This veteran organization has laid a deliberate path to success.  Their management team and supporters led by their President Mack Scott - who has been a fixture and stabilizing force in the organization -  remain consistent and focused.  Indeed, generations are now engaged with Sonatas.

The group’s commitment to excellence takes them back to their very inception. Thirty-nine years and ten championships later Sonatas is the epitome of consistency.  In the  prestigious New York panorama competition, Sonatas has only not placed in the top three positions - once in the past decade.  And even more impressive - Sonatas was denied a place in the top three, only five times in their entire thirty-nine year history.

Sonatas supporters come out in spite of rain
Supports come out in spite of rain delay

And it is that resiliency and consistency for which the organization is known, that came to the fore again yesterday evening - as Sonatas rallied on despite the constant threat of the weather.  As customary and in support, early on members of the steelband fraternity who were not on the performance card - such as D’Radoes - dropped by.

Even with the dark clouds looming overhead, covered trays of food kept arriving at the venue and were kept under the tent set up facilitating serving. 

With the Sonatas launch now behind them, the majority of New York bands will turn their attention to the main task at hand - Panorama, while others will begin to focus on New York’s J’Ouvert presentations.  NY’s J’Ouvert is now considered by many as the world’s largest and best Pan-on-the-road gathering.

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