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Pan In The 21st Century

                                          Desperadoes Win

The Master Does It Again...
Desperadoes Take Pan In The 21st Century

Trinidad: 17 Apr. 2005- Last night Desperadoes Steel Orchestra won the Pan In The 21st Century competition with their rendition of John Legend's Ordinary People arranged by master musician Clive Bradley.  It was just one of those performances.  The audience seemed to know within the first 30 seconds that it was going to be special.  When it was over the audience erupted with applause and a partial standing ovation.  They knew indeed that it was one of those memorable, very special performances and Clive Bradley and Desperadoes had done it again - with a classic performance and arrangement that will be talked about for the ages.  The love-hate romance that has endured for over 30 years has again reproduced a gem.  Desperadoes beat into second place, this year's 2005 panorama champion Phase II Pan Groove, who did a version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean arranged by the great Len "Boogsie" Sharpe.

In an exclusive follow-up, Bradley told
When Steel Talks that "In all my experience, I was never called upon to do that type of work, so many changing tempos and stuff.  The selection (the version I worked from) was made for that type of thing."  [Full Story] -- [Review]

Pan In The 21st Century 2005 - Results
Sunday 17 April 2005 - 7:00 PM, Queen's Park Savannah

Position Band Tune of Choice Composer/Singer Arranger Score
1  Desperadoes Ordinary People John Legend
Clive Bradley
2 Phase II Pan Groove Billie Jean Michael Jackson Len "Boogsie" Sharpe 285
3 Sound Specialists of Laventille Morning Dance Spyro Gyra Cary Codrington 278
4 Exodus Bridge Over Troubled Water Paul Simon/ Art Garfunkel Pelham Goddard 275
4 Silver Stars Swing Medley (In the Mood) Glenn Miller Edwin Pouchet 275
6 Trinidad All Stars Love Me Tender Elvis Presley Neville Jules 273


Invaders Let's Stay Together Al Green Arddin Herbert 267
8 Sforzata I Wanna Hold Your Hand The Beatles Yohan Popwell 265
9 Humming Bird Pan Groove Misty Johnny Mathis Michael Cupidore 262
10 Tamana Pioneers Lady In Red Chris De Burgh Paul Campbell 261
10 Hatters That's The Way I Like It KC & The Sunshine band Jeannine Remy 261
12 Katzenjammers Rhythm Of The Night De Barge Auburn Wiltshire 258


Arima Angel Harps Volare Bobby Rydell Godwin Bowen 256

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