- Amidst the excitement for Panorama finals, it is still
business as usual for bands such as Trinidad All Stars. Long-time band
manager Beresford 'Berry' Hunte has both feet planted firmly on the ground, and
keeps everything in proper perspective. "Carnival time
means gigs" Hunte said firmly to
When Steel Talks, despite the fact that he was still
sleepy after another very late night when we
caught up with him. He went on to give details of what the band's schedule
had been like in the past few days, and what was coming up. With engagements centered around the Carnival
season, Hunte was clear on his priorities, reminding "It's not
panorama alone." The band's stageside is kept busy with a full schedule of
activities, all the while practicing for the panorama competition.
With 'much, much more time' between competition segments, Trinidad
All Stars' skilled arranger Leon
'Smooth' Edwards has made some changes to the musical arrangement of Pan
Lamentation, composed and performed by De Fosto. With this in mind,
Hunte reminded of years gone by when semi-finals were held the Thursday before
the big night on Saturday, leaving bands just one day to change and/or enhance
their presentation for the finals. For the past few years, there has not
been one, but fourteen days between the two legs of competition.
with Beresford 'Berry' Hunte,
Manager, Trinidad All Stars
Hunte is also serious about the
musicality and technical proficiency of his players.
At present there are more than one hundred and forty players
painstakingly practicing on a nightly basis. There is
a core of musicians that plays almost every year, mainly
because they are the crème de la crème of the orchestra at
that point. Then there are the others vying for
the remaining coveted spots in an environment that allows
just one hundred and twenty positions at competition time. But having more
than the maximum to choose from
does not phase Beresford Hunte, who remained adamant and
emphasized more than once that players could 'make the cut,'
"but they must be able to play the music."