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2010 Antigua & Barbuda Steelband Panorama Line-up Set

St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - Five of Antigua & Barbuda’s best known steel orchestras each take their place in the spotlight on Thursday July 29 as they vie for championship honors in the annual steel band music panorama competition.  The event unfolds at ‘Carnival City’ at Antigua’s Recreation Grounds in the country’s capital, St. John’s.

Hell's Gate Steel OrchestraThe 2009 Panorama champions, Hell’s Gate (pictured right), return to the competition with their winning arranger of last year, the talented Khan Cordice (youngest arranger to take a steel orchestra to a national panorama championship in the country), who has been studying at the St. Augustine, Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) for the past year.  Cordice has also tasted victory as arranger for Antigua &  Barbuda’s National Youth Pan Orchestra in the 2008 Moods of Pan 25-a-side competition.  Hell’s Gate will defend their title from a field of the same four steel orchestras of last year:  Ebonites, Gemonites, Harmonites and Halcyon.

Hell’s Gate has copped the most Panorama championship titles in Antigua & Barbuda - fourteen in all, including their last four in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009.   Not far behind is Halcyon Steel Orchestra with ten national steelband panorama championships, their most recent time in winner’s circle being 2008.  Harmonites celebrated their panorama wins eight times since 1968, with their last title won in 2004.  Gemonites Steel Orchestra, formed in 1978 from their school steel orchestra  (P.M.S. [Princess Margaret Secondary School] Serenaders) are three-time national panorama champions, with 1981, 2003 and 2005 being their years of triumph.  Ebonites were panorama champions back in 1977.

After the results were announced, last  year’s winning prize trophy was presented by Antigua & Barbuda’s Prime Minister, the Honorable Winston Baldwin Spencer.  The Prime Minister is himself a pan  man, and was once an active member of Halcyon Steel Orchestra, and also its one-time manager.

Order of appearance of the bands, arrangers, and their selections are as follows:-

2010 Antigua & Barbuda Steelband Panorama Bands, Arrangers, Tunes

Steel Orchestra Order of Appearance ARRANGER SELECTION / PERFORMER


Aubrey “Lacu” Samuel
Aubrey “Lacu” Samuel
St. John Tung Mash Dung / Swallow
Harmonites 2 Robin “Schwarp” Margetson
Robin “Schwarp” Margetson
We Ain’t Leaving / Samoya Kirby
Hell’s Gate 3 Khan Cordice
Khan Cordice
We Ain’t Leaving / Samoya Kirby
Gemonites 4 Patrick “Stone” Johnson
Patrick “Stone” Johnson
Tourist Leggo / Short Shirt
Halcyon 5 Victor "Babu" Samuel
Victor “Babu” Samuel
Rock Me / Short Shirt

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