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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 - Friday January 31, 2020
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Order of Appearance Set for Large Steel Orchestra Panyard Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - From Sunday February 2 to Wednesday 5, 2020, seventeen Large Conventional steel orchestras will face their category judges in a bid to fill fourteen coveted spots in the semi-finals round of the National Panorama 2020.

Taking the lead are the bands from the North; in order of appearance - Trinidad All Stars, Renegades, Silver Stars, Invaders, Starlift, Phase II Pan Groove and Desperadoes on Sunday February 2 from 7:00 p.m.

On Monday February 3, also from 7:00 p.m., the two entrants from the sister isle Tobago, Redemption Sound Setters and Buccooneers, will face the adjudication panel.
see the full line-up


Web Posted - Thursday January 30, 2020
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Medium Steel Orchestras - Eastern Region - 2020 Preliminaries Videos

Arima Angel Harps Steel Orchestra performs in its Panorama 2020 panyard preliminary, Eastern region

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Medium steel orchestras performed in the Eastern Region preliminaries of the 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama on Tuesday January 29.  Nine bands in the medium category:   Potential Symphony, Pamberi, Moods, Curepe Scherzando, Sforzata, Tunapuna Tipica, Arima Angel Harps, Melodians and Sangre Grande Cordettes, all participated.   Some of the performances were captured in video.  The adjudication panel travelled to the bands’ respective pan yards where they were judged.
see video performances


Web Posted - Sunday January 26, 2020
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2020 Junior Panorama Results:  Guaico Presbyterian, Bishop Anstey & Trinity College East (B.A.T.C.E.), and Trinidad All Stars Youth Steel Orchestras Claim Titles

Guaico Presbyterian Steel Orchestra delivers its winning performance for 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Great weather and sunny skies played host to enthusiastic music performances from no less than thirty-two Junior steel orchestras. All vied for 2020 titles in their respective categories of ‘Primary Schools,’ ‘Secondary Schools’ and Under 21/Non-Schools (aka Elite). Retaining its hold on the championship first was Guaico Presbyterian Steel Orchestra, with arranger Tristan Marcano - Primary School. 
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Web Posted - Thursday January 23, 2020
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Order of Appearance for Junior Steel Orchestras Finals - Trinidad and Tobago 2020 Junior/National Schools Panorama

2020 Junior/National Schools Panorama - Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Thirty-two Junior steel orchestras will be vying for championship status in their respective categories at the Trinidad and Tobago 2020 Junior/National Schools Panorama Finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on Sunday January 26 from 9:00 a.m.

The event is under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Pan Trinbago, Pan in Schools Coordinating Council (PSCC), Multicultural Music Programme Unit (MMPU), and the Tobago House of Assembly.

....Finalists in three categories were selected after several days of judging at the competitors’ schools, panyards and communities. Those going forward are Primary School (12), Secondary School (10) and 21 & Under (10).
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 22, 2020
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Anatomy of Panorama 2020 - Quick Chart - Trinidad & Tobago National Steelbands - Conventional Steel Orchestra Music Competition

Woman on the Six Bass performing with Phase II Pan Groove at the annual Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Quick Chart for the Trinidad and Tobago steelband season showcases the complete listing of the conventional steel orchestras participating in the 2020 Panorama - all in one place, constantly updated.  Biographies and histories of the competing orchestras, and arrangers with pictures are featured, along with the bands’ respective tunes of choice for easy access and listening, where available.  Get up to date with all the data at your fingertips.

There are three categories in the annual Panorama competition of conventional orchestras - small, medium and large.  Bands in the Quick Chart are highlighted within these specific sections, and further sub-divided in each by color-coding to reflect the four regions the steel orchestras hail from:  North, East, South/Central and Tobago.  These regional designations, or zones, as they were also previously referred to, have been in place for years and are overseen by the governing body for the Pan—the country’s national instrument—Pan Trinbago.  The body is also the organizer and promoter of the annual Panorama.
see the full Quick Chart


Web Posted - Monday January 20, 2020
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St. Francois Girls’ Steel Orchestra Leads Secondary Schools Going Into 2020 Junior/National Schools Panorama Finals

2020 Junior/National Schools Panorama - Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago, Pan in Schools Coordinating Council (PSCC), Multicultural Music Programme Unit (MMPU) and the Tobago House of Assembly, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, producers of the National Schools Panorama 2020 - have released the results of the preliminaries in the Secondary School category. The steel orchestra fielded by St. Francois Girls’ College is ahead at this point.

Ten of these thirteen steel orchestras representing their respective secondary educational institutions, qualified for the Finals (there are no semi-finals) this Sunday January 26, at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, from 9:00 a.m.
read more, get prelim results


Web Posted - Saturday January 18, 2020
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Results - Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Finals - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020 -  Tobago’s Uptown Fascinators With Arranger Ojay Richards Capture Title

Results - Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Finals - Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Uptown Fascinators Steel Orchestra out of sister isle Tobago bested thirteen co-competitors to clinch the championship and trophy in the 2020 Small conventional steel orchestra finals of the Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama. They performed Ojay Richards’ winning arrangement of an ’oldie but goldie’ from Winston Soso, “I Don’t Mind.” All fourteen steel orchestras put on fiery performances in the finals on Friday January 17 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. The 2019 defending champs T&T Defence Force in second place were on the heels of the new champions, with 282 points.
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Web Posted - Thursday January 16, 2020
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Participants for Large Conventional Steel Orchestra Competition - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Large bands prelims - Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Eighteen large steel orchestras are expected to participate in the Large category  of the 2020 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama competition.  Preliminary judging is scheduled to begin in the respective pan yards of bands in the Northern region on Sunday February 2. 

Get to know the participating bands in the preliminary phase of this category in the competition.
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Web Posted - Sunday January 12, 2020
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Results - Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Semi finals - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Results - Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Semi finals - Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The thirty-one steel orchestras which were in the semi-finals gave their best musical efforts on the afternoon of Saturday January 11 at Victoria Square in Port-of-Spain. Now, the top fourteen (14) are moving on to the finals, slated for January 17, 2020. Genesis Pan Groove, Uptown Fascinators and the 2019 defending champs T&T Defence Force are currently out front as they, along with eleven co-competitors, each remain intent on claiming the 2020 crown in the small conventional steel orchestra category this year.

In the ears, eyes, and opinions of judges Ezra Joseph, Joanna Shortt, Kenrick Noel, Vorbin Cordice, Richard Pierre and Roger Sardinah - the arrangements of Arddin Herbert, Ojay Richards and Duvone Stewart, and subsequent execution by Genesis Pan Groove, Uptown Fascinators and T&T Defence Force, respectively, are best in show at this point.
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Web Posted - Friday January 10, 2020
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Participants for Medium Conventional Steel Orchestra Competition - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Approximately twenty-five steel orchestras are expected to participate in the Medium category of the 2020 Trinidad and Tobago National Panorama competition.

Preliminary judging begins in the respective pan yards of bands in the Northern region on Tuesday January 28.  Power Stars Steel Orchestra is currently scheduled as the first band to kick it all off at 7:00 p.m.

Get to know the participating bands in the preliminary phase of this category in the competition.
see the bands, arrangers


Web Posted - Thursday January 9, 2019
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Pan Trinbago Remains Positive, Moves Towards Panorama 2020 Despite Hurdles, Bumps, Hiccups In The Road

Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore (third from left), with senior members of her organization at the January 9 press briefing

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - At a morning media briefing on Thursday January 9, the president of Pan Trinbago, Beverley Ramsey-Moore assured everyone that it was full steam ahead for the organization’s cadre of historic 2020 Panorama events currently taking place within the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season. Mrs. Ramsey-Moore was surrounded by the senior members of her organization.

“Today...we have seen the resilience of our membership, and we want to thank them, we want to thank members of the Single Pan grouping, who performed without receiving their “assistance” and even their Prize money; we want to thank them.”

“We want to say to small bands...that will be performing on Saturday [January 11] - that we are in support, we [Pan Trinbago] are here to give you strength....”
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Web Posted - Wednesday January 8, 2020
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Voices of Pan Pioneers of Trinidad and Tobago

The Beginning of a Global Legacy

by Von Martin

Washington, D.C., USA - The fight to increase literacy has been an important factor in Mr. Von Martin's life, but culture and arts have been the pioneering elements that have elevated him to this point in his passion for radio and broadcasting. He has produced Voices of Pan Pioneers of Trinidad and Tobago as a way of connecting to history and paying tribute to so many great artists and cultural advocates that have lifted the steel pan to its heights as a modern age instrument. The book is an easy read for youth as well as adults who are avid pan enthusiasts or are interested in learning about the diversity of global arts. And for some, it will be a trip back in time.

Experience the chapter Girl Pat ------Beryl, Pat and Pat from Voices of Pan Pioneers of Trinidad & Tobago.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 4, 2019
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Gemonites Moods of Pan 2019 - 25-A-Side Steelband Competition

Moods of Pan 2019

Antigua & Barbuda, W.I. - This year marked 20 Years of Moods of Pan. Seven steel orchestras participated in 2019’s 25-A-Side competition. The contestants were Halcyon Steel Orchestra, Original Steel Orchestra, Panache Steel Orchestra, West Side Symphony, Gemonites Steel Orchestra, Antigua Girls High School and Hells Gate Steel Orchestra.

Panache won the event with their Malik Smith arrangement of ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars. Hells Gate came in second with their rendition of ‘Rude’ sung by Magi and arranged by Kevaughni Greenaway & Demetre Samuel.
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Web Posted - Saturday January 4, 2019
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David Stern, the National Basketball Association and the Potential for a SteelPan Music Industry

NBA enters eSports arena to grow its audience

Global - The former commissioner of the NBA of passed away on New Year’s Day. And regardless of what you thought of him one has to acknowledge and respect his success as commissioner of the NBA.

A comparison of the growth of the NBA under David Stern with that of the potential for Pan - the Steelpan Music Industry and Culture.

We are by no stretch of the imagination fans of the late commissioner of NBA David Stern, however there are some very crucial things that he embraced during his tenure to increase the value of the NBA.
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Web Posted - Friday January 3, 2020
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Tobago on stream for historic pan show

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore says plans are well on stream to host the national finals of the medium conventional steelband Panorama competition in Tobago.

The event is expected to be held on February 16 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet, from 7 p.m.  Speaking to Newsday Tobago, an excited Ramsey-Moore reiterated the competition will create history on the island.

“It is the first major national finals of any kind of event to be held in Tobago and we are hoping it comes off satisfactorily,” she said. 
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Web Posted - Friday January 3, 2020
Financial Times

Ebony Steel Band:  Pan Machine — the music of Kraftwerk arranged for steel pans

One of those rare musical recreations that sheds new light on the original works

Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore

England, U.K. - This looks like a novelty record.  There is a punning title (on The Man-Machine); a cover that mimics the original, with band members arranged on a staircase in red shirts and black ties, all in service of the high concept: the music of Kraftwerk arranged for steel pans.  By all rights, this should be something to be laughed at in a record shop but listened to once, if at all.

But this is one of those rare recreations...that work in their own right and shed a new light on the original. Pan Machine cherry-picks the highlights of the Düsseldorf electronic conceptualists, from “The Model” to “The Robots”, but also finds room for early Ralf und Florian rarity “Tanzmusik.” The pans, with their wobbling timbre, both do and do not duplicate the shimmer of early synthesisers. The arrangements, lacking the deadpan vocals that hovered in an uneasy ironic space (were they serious? Or self-parody?) reveal the beauty of the melodies: the gap between the low basslines and the high patterns on “The Mode,” including the shiver in the last refrain; the way the hook in “Computer Love” — famously appropriated, with permission, by Coldplay for “Talk” — is answered a moment later by a mirror phrase in which the bass pans shift up a joyous third; the clockwork intricacy of “Tour de France.”
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