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Phase II Recaptures Panorama Crown

Sound Specialists of Laventille Retain Title

Trinidad - With a score of 481 points, Phase II Pan Groove recaptured the steelband music panorama championship from Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra, the 2007 champions in the large band/steel orchestra category.  The Woodbrook-based steel orchestra turned the tables on All Stars, who had dethroned Phase II (2006 champs) last year.

Phase II Pan Groove practicing for panorama semi-finals

Trinidad All Stars took second place with 480 points, with their customary and renowned arranger Leon 'Smooth' Edwards again at the helm.  Phase II played a Len "Boogsie" Sharpe composition "Musical Vengeance".  The music standout also arranged the music for the orchestra.  The competition was held in south Trinidad  in Skinner Park in the city of San Fernando for the second year running.

Phase II received $1,000,000 TT dollars for their accomplishments.  Trinidad All Stars received  $700,000 TT dollars as runner-up, and Exodus Steel Orchestra received $650,000 TT dollars for their third place finish.

In the medium band/steel orchestra category, it was also a 'special' night for both Sound Specialists of Laventille and their arranger Ken 'Professor' Philmore who snagged both the crowd and judges with "Hooked."  They held on firmly to their first title resulting from their collaboration in 2007.  Six points separated the first-place winners from Tobago-based Steel Xplosion who did the sister isle of the twin-island republic proud, with second place honors.  They performed "Get Down" arranged by Brian 'Bean' Griffith.  Steel Xplosion already copped the THA (Tobago House Assembly) title earlier on during the week.

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2008 Conventional Steel Orchestras - Prizes

  Large category Medium category Small category
1st Prize TT  $1,000,000 TT $600,000 TT $400,000
2nd Prize TT  $700,000 TT $550,000 TT $350,000
3rd Prize TT $650,000 TT $500,000 TT $300,000
4th Prize TT $600,000 TT $450,000 TT $250,000
5th Prize TT $550,000 TT $400,000 TT $200,000
6th Prize TT $500,000 TT $350,000 TT $150,000
7th Prize TT $450,000 TT $300,000 TT $100,000
8th Prize TT $400,000  TT $250,000 TT $100,000

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