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La Horquetta Pan Groove and Arima Golden Symphony Steelband Panorama Champs Again

Trinidad and Tobago - Both La Horquetta Pan Groove and Arima Golden Symphony retained their respective pan titles in the Friday February 12 National Panorama Single Pans and Small Conventional Bands Finals held at the Lord Kitchener Stands, South Quay, Port-of-Spain.

For La Horquetta Pan Groove, it was their fifth consecutive win. Hailing from Arima, the Single Pan band scored 275 points and with it the first prize of TT $200,000 (USD $32,154.34) for their performance of Duvone Stewart’s (right) arrangement of “Fire Coming Down.”  In second spot was NLCB San Juan East Side Symphony with 270 points while third place went to United Sounds with 268 points.

In the Small Band category, it was indeed “Smooth Sailing,” for Arima Golden Symphony. Playing a Terrance “BJ” Marcelle arrangement of De Fosto’s 2010 tune, the band amassed 270 points and a cash prize of TT $400,000 - (USD $64,308).  Second place went to Golden Hands performing Vanessa Headley’s arrangement of Shadow’s classic “Dingolay” with 268.5, while Merrytones placed third with 268 points after delivering arranger Seion Gomez’s interpretation of “Pan War.”

Adjudicators for the Small Band category were Corinne Soo Ping Chow, Ezra Joseph, Hugh Borde, Ian Anthony, Kenrick Noel and Victor Prescod.

The results are as follows:-

Single Pan

Single-Pan Band Tune of Choice Semi final Placing Final Score
1 La Horquetta Pan Groove  Fire Coming Down 1st 275
2 NLCB San Juan East Side Symphony Black Man Feeling to Party 2nd 270
3 United Sounds Magic Drum 10th 268
4 San Juan All Stars  Happy 16th 262
5 Trinidad East Side Symphony Pan By Storm 5th 261
5 Arima All Stars Hurry, Hurry, Come for Curry 2nd 261
7 All Aces No, No, We Ain’t Going Home 7th 259
7 La Creole Pan Groove Madness 9th 259
7 Marsicans Toco Band 7th 259
10 La Famille United Tourist Leggo 13th 257
11 Shades in Steel  Ah Tell She 4th 255
11 Chord Masters  Ethel 16th 255
13 Uni Stars Doh Back Back 6th 252
14 Carib Woodbrook Playboyz Gold 13th 251
15 Pan Jammers Sousy 10th 249

  Small Conventional Bands

Small Steel Orchestra Tune of Choice Semi final Placing Final Score
1 Arima Golden Symphony Smooth Sailing 4th 270
2 Golden Hands Dingolay 4th 268.5
3 Merrytones Pan War 2nd 268
4 Laventille Serenaders This Melody Sweet 1st 267
5 Crescendoes Musicale Pan War 3rd 259
6 Codrington Pan Family Pandemic 9th 256
7 Fascinators Pan Symphony I Music 9th 251
8 Tamana Pioneers Pan on Fire 6th 250
9 Tornadoes Battle Zone 7th 249.5
10 Panasonic Connection Pan on Fire 8th 248

Music lovers at Friday evening’s event had the opportunity to win two (2) tickets to any North American destination courtesy Caribbean Airlines.

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