- Forty bands will compete in the National Junior Panorama
at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on Sunday 12th
February 2012 from 8:30 a.m. The competition is staged by the
Ministry of Education, Pan in the Classroom Unit, Pan in Schools
Coordinating Unit and Pan Trinbago.
In last year's Junior National
steel bands had moved on to the 2011 Junior Panorama finals
elimination rounds which initially fielded about forty-seven
participants in competition for slots in the final phase.
Playing The Original De Fosto's "A Raging Storm" arranged
by Mickiel Gabriel, the very proud 2011 Junior Panorama champs
in the Non-Schools category were Success Stars Pan Sounds from
Unlike their adult counterparts,
the performances of the winners and their fellow competitors—who
took the stage on February 27 in the 2011 Junior Panorama—appeared
under-reported in their own national media, in the
country where the Steelpan is the ‘national instrument.’ To the
immense chagrin and pained disappointment of all, especially
the champion young steelpan musical aces from Laventille, press
coverage appeared non-existent.
Arranger Mickiel Gabriel
of the sadness and hurt felt by his players when they questioned
him the day after claiming the championship. "Is it
because we're from Laventille the media didn't say anything
thing about us winning after we work so hard?" Another
player even went on to say "if someone had died in the school
again we would of been on the front page of every news paper
for the entire week, but we won junior panorama to uplift not
just our school but the community of Laventille and there was
little or nothing said by the media." Fellow band
member Joenelle Callender wrote: "Very disappointed
and saddened because as a member of Success Stars Pan
Sounds, the newly [-crowned] champions of the non schools
category, we were never noticed as the champions for 2011,
and we find it very unfair and to be honest if it was
another band I know that the next day their picture would
have been published on the front page of some newspaper;
people do not even know we won, and that's very sad but we
know we are the champions."
This year, these
talented young men and women from Laventille will be defending their title
with their performance of
sung by their arranger Mickiel Gabriel and co-written with Gerelle
this Sunday's event, the participating bands will be judged
according to categories i.e. Primary Schools, Secondary Schools
and Non-schools. The break-down is as follows: - Primary School
(21), Secondary School (13) and Non-school (6).
Junior bands, like their senior
counterparts, may select any selection once that composition
has not been played by the band in a Panorama competition. Each
participant shall perform for a maximum of six (6) minutes.
In addition to the competition,
patrons will be entertained by some of the country’s popular
recording artistes. Admission is free.
The following is a list of participants
by category and their selections.
Youth Club Action
GBM Productions; Terrin Callender
On The Road
Anthony “Juggie” Rose
Youth Steel Orchestra
Edwin Pouchet; Alvin Daniell
Mickiel Gabriel; Gerelle “Gel” Forbes
Commanders Youth Steel Orchestra
West Old Tech Youths