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Trinidad and Tobago 2020 Panorama and Carnival Schedule of Events

Global - Trinidad and Tobago Panorama and Carnival Schedule of Events.  Info on the activities for the 2020 steelband music season.
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2020 Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Panorama Info - Complete

Global - PanOnTheNet/ WhenSteelTalks is Panorama Central! Complete information on the 2020 season of the Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama, and competitions:  Schedules, Orders of Appearance for preliminary, semi-final and final phases for large, medium and small conventional steel orchestras, and single pan bands; arrangers’ bios, bios of steel orchestras; full results, panyard addresses, history of previous Panoramas, and much more!
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 31, 2019
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Happy New Year!

Peace and Pan for 2020 - WST

Global - When Steel Talks wishes you Peace, Pan and Much Success in 2020 and beyond.
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Web Posted - Monday December 30, 2019
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ADLIB Steel Orchestra - “Iron Love” - (‘Tempo’ version - VIDEO)

Marc Brooks - Arranger

ADLIB Steel Orchestra - WST

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Basement Recordings captures ADLIB Steel Orchestra as they prepare for the 2019 New York steelband Panorama competition just days before the event. ADLIB Steel Orchestra performed a Marc Brooks-arrangement of “Iron Love.” This is the ‘tempo’ VIDEO version. The annual New York Panorama is a major highlight of and precursor to the West Indian American Carnival Day Parade.  ADLIB took the stage with over 80 players.

ADLIB would eventually go on to place second in the competition.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 26, 2019
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Jingle Bells and more by CrossFire Steel Orchestra

Jingle Bells and more performed by CrossFire Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - They received a standing ovation as they closed the show. At the 2019 “We Three Kings” concert CrossFire Steel Orchestra delivered a beautiful medley rendition of the holiday classics - from ‘Silent Night,’ ‘Silver Bells,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ to ‘Jingle Bells’ and more.

Damany James is the arranger of this orchestra and one of the featured arrangers of the event.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 26, 2019
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I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Pan Evolution

Jingle Bells and more performed by CrossFire Steel Orchestra

Brooklyn, New York, USA - They left the audience mesmerized and applauding.  At the annual “We Three Kings” concert Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra (PESO) delivered a rousing rendition of the holiday classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”  The orchestra is made up of a group of exceptionally talented musicians from the New York City area.

Brandon Waldrop is the arranger of this song and one the featured arrangers of the event.  Dressed in white and black, highlighted with red bowties in some cases, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was just one of the tracks in the twenty-five-minute set which delighted concert attendees.
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 25, 2019
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We Three Kings Christmas Concert

A CrossFire Steel Orchestra Production

CrossFire Steel Orchestra performs at its 2019 Christmas concert

Brooklyn, New York, USA - There has always been a very special relationship between the Brooklyn steel orchestras, New York, sweet pan music and Christmas. And this past Saturday CrossFire, with the aid of a few friends (Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra, The Meyer Levin Advanced Steel Band, the multi-talented Khuent Rose & André White, and others) demonstrated that the bond is as strong, critical and as vibrant as ever in the community.
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Web Posted - Sunday December 22, 2019
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Christmas with CrossFire Steel Orchestra

A Steelpan Music Wonderland - No Place for the Grinch

CrossFire Steel Orchestra performs at its 2019 Christmas concert

Brooklyn, New York, USA - “Nah it’s cold out there - can’t go” -- were words that were never entertained or spoken by the full-house crowd that turned up for the CrossFire Steel Orchestra ‘We Three Kings’  2019 Christmas Show.

Others in the Big Apple may have been hanging with the Rockettes uptown at Radio City Hall, or at Lincoln Center with Tchaikovsky’s Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker,” or a Christmas musical on Broadway.  But Brooklyn natives were privy to their equally valued form of high culture and grand entertainment - a steel orchestra Christmas musical.
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Web Posted - Friday December 20, 2019
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1000 Shades of Kendall Williams - Composer, Arranger, Performing Artist and Educator

Faculty Recital Kendall K. Williams, Pan in Motion

Kendall K. Williams opens up his faculty recital

Brooklyn, New York, USA - Kendall Williams is an unadulterated triple threat - composer, arranger and performing artist. And of course you can throw educator in there if you like.

Quiet and unassuming - his abilities are masked by his easy-going demeanor - but not on this night, as his name and music were front and center in the big lights on stage - live in concert at Brooklyn College on October 22. The audience got an up-close and personal look and hearing of the man and his music. Introspective, at times deeply personal, human, sharing and caring. Indeed, as Kendall said in his opening remarks “I want my music to tell stories.”
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Web Posted - Thursday December 19, 2019
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Semi-Finals Order of Appearance for SMALL Steel Orchestras - Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The thirty-one small steel orchestras which qualified for the semi-finals after panyard judging, have drawn their playing positions for that next stage of competition on Saturday January 11, 2020 beginning 4:00 p.m. Forty bands had eventually faced the panel of judges in preliminary competition from the four regions: Northern, Eastern, South/Central and Tobago. The panel - Ezra Joseph, Joanna Shortt, Kenrick Noel and Vorbin Cordice - travelled to the individual panyards on a daily basis.

One of the bands from the Eastern region, Perfect Cadence, playing Ken “Professor” Philmore’s classic Pan By Storm as arranged by Mark Holder, will lead off this phase at the venue, Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. When Steel Talks’ Pan Tune of The Decade, ‘Trouble In The Morning’ is currently the front-runner as tune of choice by the steel orchestras in this category, at this point of competition, with nine performing the track as their Panorama tune of choice. 
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 18, 2019
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Christmas in De Park - St. James Amphitheatre Friday December 20

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The sound of the steelpan will ring out on Friday December 20, 2019 at the St. James Amphitheatre & Park, Western Main Road, St. James, Trinidad, when the St. James CIC presents a Christmas gift of music titled ‘Holiday Sounds on Steel – Christmas In De Park,’ from 7:00 p.m.

Taking centre stage will be Oval Teens and Sapophonics Steel Orchestras, and St. James’ own DJ Jeffrey who will be spinning seasonal favourites, inclusive of traditional carols, parang and parang/soca.
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 18, 2019
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Results - Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Results - Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - With the preliminaries now completed, the 2019 defending champion in the small category, T&T Defence Force Steel Orchestra, has considerable ground to make up for a serious defence of its title, in the 2020 edition of the annual Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama. Out in front in a tie for first place going into the semi-finals are Fascinators Pan Symphony, Golden Hands and New East Side Dimension. Arrangers are Yohan Popwell, Vanessa Headley and Kersh Ramsey, respectively.

It’s been a unique year, definitely for the steelband communities in the home of Pan, Trinidad and Tobago. That experience? The recently-concluded Single Pan Band competition - two held in 2019, and now, the small steel orchestras. They, too have now competed in not one, but two, preliminary competitions in 2019. Running from December 9–17, they have been the first "conventional" steel orchestras up in Panorama 2020. The overall traditional Panorama format of competition held within the Carnival season has been overhauled by event organizers Pan Trinbago as the organization strives to highlight Pan throughout the year, not just mainly within the country’s annual Carnival.
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Web Posted -- Monday December 16, 2019
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Small Steel Orchestras - Northern Region - 2020 Preliminaries Videos

2020 Preliminaries - Small Steel Orchestras Videos

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Small Steel Orchestras - Northern Region Preliminaries, some videos from the 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama, captured by Pan Unity Centre. The adjudication panel travelled to the bands’ respective pan yards where they were judged.
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Web Posted - Friday December 13, 2019
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Pan Tune of the Decade:  Trouble In The Morning

Global - Before the last decade ended, When Steel Talks completely agreed with steelband enthusiast Glenroy Joseph when he called “Band From Space” by Amrit Samaroo and Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung “the best pan tune of the last decade.” And this declaration was done in 2007 with still time to spare before the decade officially ended. From a lyrical, spiritual, musical, story-telling and cultural level they simply nailed it. The song captured the imagination of the community and genre.

As this decade comes to an end with 2019’s “Trouble in the Morning” by “V’ghn” (pictured above) - it is When Steel Talks’ tune of the decade for pan.

To date, no less than eleven conventional steel orchestras in the upcoming 2020 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama have committed to this song as their tune of choice.
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Web Posted - Friday December 13, 2019
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Christmas and Carnival don’t ever mix

Panorama starts the Carnival celebrations...

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - I finally gave up on the battle with myself, trying to keep out of what I carelessly term the people's business; trying to believe that this Steelpan organization business is no longer my business, just for peace sake.

But the warrior spirit in me, keeps tugging at my conscience and better judgment and I can no longer stay silent in light of the road that my organization, our organization, Pan Trinbago is now heading.

Mind you, I am in no way expressing an interest in holding executive position again, given the mass of young, intelligent and energetic Panists out there.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 12, 2019
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

‘Make pan mandatory in schools’

Duvone elated with Medal of Honour (gold)

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Ace pan arranger Duvone Stewart is calling for the national instrument to be mandatory in the school curriculum.

Stewart was awarded this year's Medal of Honour (gold) for distinguished and outstanding service in the sphere of culture at the annual Tobago House of Assembly Tobago Day awards last Thursday.

....Born on September 17, 1976 to Curtis and Virginia Percival, who were both musicians, Stewart went to school in Tobago, doing his last two school years at Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School.

Today, his wish remains “to see this instrument in all the schools as a compulsory instrument for students to learn music.”

“Funny enough, I have been a student at the Scarborough RC School… no pan, Scarborough Junior Secondary School…no pan, Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School…little pan, because the musical director at that time was Mr. Frank Stanisclaus and he was also the arranger for Our Boys Steel Orchestra, and we had a little steelband."
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Web Posted - Monday December 9, 2019
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My Time Again! -- Parang 2019, sung by Rhonda Rosales -  Steelpan by Curt Rogers

My Time Again! -- Parang 2019, sung by Rhonda Rosales, Steelpan by Curt Rogers

Global - This song was written through the belief, encouragement and bit of nag…LOL, from band mate Ron Metivier who always saw the potential in me to compose lyrically and never accepted the excuse, “I can’t write because I don’t play any instruments to guide me along!” The day of this inspiration occurred from one of those phone calls which started as a casual conversation about songs to prepare for a rehearsal that turned into an argument about believing in one’s self.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 5, 2019
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Tobago Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The final eight steel orchestras participating in the small conventional category of the 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama hail from the sister isle of Tobago.

New East Side Dimension, Tobago Pan-Thers, Steel Sensation, C&B Crown Cordaans, West Side Symphony, Uptown Fascinators, Alpha Pan Pioneers and Our Boys all face the panel of judges on one date: Tuesday December 17, 2019.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 5, 2019
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Reflections In Steel Concert - New York, USA

A Look Back

Sonatas Steel Orchestra performs at the Reflections In Steel

Brooklyn, New York, USA - A look back at the Christmas Concert performances at Reflections In Steel. ADLIB, Demstars, Despers USA, Pan Rebels, Pantonic and Sonatas steel orchestras all took the stage at Brooklyn College, in December 2001. Garvin Blake and Friends including Frankie McIntosh, also appeared at the sold-out event.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 5, 2019
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South/Central Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Twelve South/Central Region steel orchestras will show off their musical chops, as they strive to make the semi-finals in the small conventional steel orchestra category of the 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama.

On Sunday December 15, 2019, the first six: Music Makers Steel Symphony, Motown, Swavic, Panosonic Connection, Morne Diablo Philadelphians Funk-a-Delic and Starland - will perform in their respective panyards beginning at 4:00 in the afternoon before judges.
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Web Posted - Thursday December 5, 2019
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Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra 2019–2020 Young Artist Winner, Panist Jonah Payne, in concert December 8, 2019

Jonah Payne, a junior percussion performance major, plays the steel pan inside of the Westbrook Music Building on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Lincoln, Nebraska  -  Photo by Jordan Opp

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - Five Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is proud to announce the selection of percussionist Jonah Payne as the LSO Young Artist Competition Winner for the 2019–20 season.

Payne, a junior percussion performance major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studies percussion with Dr. Dave Hall and steelpan with Louis Raymond-Kolker. Payne will perform Liam Teague’s ‘The Visit’ for tenor steelpan, arranged for orchestra by Jamie Wind Whitmarsh, with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“The judges were very impressed with the overall level of playing at this year’s competition. All of the students displayed great skill, and Jonah Payne in particular blew us away with his technique, musicianship, and mastery of the instrument,” says Edward Polochick, Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. “We look forward to featuring Jonah on our holiday concerts.”
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Web Posted - Thursday December 5, 2019
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Eastern Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - While seeing to the Christmas ham, pastelles, parang, and like preparations, some Trinidadians and Tobagonians are also having another key focus: Pan. This, as the preliminaries in the small conventional steel orchestra category of the 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama competition are underway this week.

Following the Northern Region, the Eastern Region orchestras run from Thursday December 12. B Minor, Sound of Music, Northolus and Genesis Steel Orchestra steel orchestras compete on night one.
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Web Posted - Wednesday December 4, 2019
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Remembering Panist Vanya Reid

by Debra Pan Diva Eden

Vanya Reid, UK Panist

England, United Kingdom - Born in 1977, with an ear that appreciated decades of music from all genres, way beyond her years. The original compositions of this Pan Woman reflected her gifts and were the outlet for a talent she shared. Vanya Reid played piano, guitar, violin and pan. She owned each and spent quality time composing. This was a gift displayed over her life as a musician, arranger, mentor, friend and woman of steel.

A true pan woman who is credited for her versatility, Vanya had the ability to play well and learn almost anything with pure passion and drive. She did this naturally and it gave her a pleasure that only pan can give. A proud lover of steelpan music who was respected by many as she contributed her skills in many bands both national and international.
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Web Posted - Tuesday December 3, 2019
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Small Conventional Steel Orchestras 2020 Panorama Preliminaries Kick Off December 9

Northern Region Preliminaries First Up

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Five small conventional steel orchestras in the Northern Region i.e. West Stars, Merry Tones, Hummingbirds Pan Groove, Harvard Harps and Flabej Now Ensemble will start the National Panorama Small Conventional Preliminaries 2020 on Monday December 9, 2019 from 7:00 p.m.ards.

Continuing on Tuesday December 10 will be six in that region.  Those being judged Tuesday are Blue Diamonds, Belmont 5th Dimension, St. Margaret Super Stars, Crescendos Musicale, Road Block and Defence Force steel orchestras.
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Web Posted - Monday December 2, 2019
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Participants for Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Competition - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Participants for Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Competition - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Panorama season 2020 has begun in the twin-island Caribbean nation.  Get to know the participating bands in the preliminary phase of the Panorama competition for Small conventional steel orchestras. Where available, selections and arrangers are shown, with data subject to update. Fifty-four bands are scheduled for this round.
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Web Posted - Monday December 2, 2019
The Mercer Island Reporter

Steel music concert to play holiday favorites on the Island

Steel Magic Northwest to perform holiday music Dec. 8

Steel Magic Northwest will host concert Dec. 8 at the Congregational Church

Washington, USA - It all began with a steel saucer sled.

Kansas native Gary Gibson was 12 years old when his father took him to a parade with the U.S. Navy steel band.

“I just fell in love with the sound,” he said.

Once he came home, he picked up his old steel saucer sled, took his father’s hammer and molded the sled. He was able to make four discernible notes. It was the beginning of his life-long career in steelpan music.

Since then, Gibson obtained a real steelpan drum and continued playing and studying the instrument. He received his master’s degree in music performance, but also studied composition and orchestration at Cornish College.
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