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Large Steel Orchestra Finalists:  Trinidad & Tobago Steelband Panorama 2013

Global - Results are in from the Large Steel Orchestra semi-final rounds held January 27 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.  The bands indicated below move to the finals being held 7:00 p.m. Saturday February 9, also at the Savannah.

Both online listeners to the event via Vibe CT 105.1 FM and patrons in attendance of the event expressed surprise that the show, known for running into the early hours of the morning, actually ended a few minutes after midnight, local time.  Fonclaire Steel Orchestra, led once more musically by Ken “Professor” Philmore and belting out his vision of Addicted sung by Destra Garcia, was the final band in the seventeen large bands which comprised the second segment of the Panorama semi-finals competition.

With two “ties” in the standings at the end of the night, ten steel orchestras found favor with the judges to proceed to the final phase of competition coming early in February.

These steel orchestras will be preceded by ten in the medium category for the Grand Finals.  Tickets are priced at TT $450.00 (Grand Stand General), TT $700.00 (Grand Stand Reserved) and $300.00 (North Stand); they are available at the Ticket Booth at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Atherly’s, Sutton Street in  San Fernando, and at Electro Sounds, Dinsley, Tacarigua from Monday 4 February from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Following is a list of the bands which move to the finals.



1. Phase II Pan Groove  273 More Love Len “Boogsie” Sharpe
2. Exodus  272 Gold Pelham Goddard
3. Trinidad All Stars  271 Bounce and Drive Leon “Smooth” Edwards
4. Desperadoes 270 Hammer Time Robert Greenidge
5. Invaders 265 Dat Is Lie Arddin Herbert
5. Silver Stars 265 Shock Attack Edwin Pouchet
7. Fonclaire 264 Addicted Ken “Professor” Philmore
7. Renegades 264 Shock Attack Duvone Stewart
7. Skiffle 264 (Sapna) The Dream Ray Holman
10. Redemption Sound Setters 255 More Than An Oil Drum Winston Gordon


Following are the remaining steel orchestras in the “Large” category which did not make the cut to move on.



11. Tropical Angel Harps 254 Nah Getaway Clarence Morris
12. Starlift 253 Bounce and Drive Keith Salcedo
13. La Brea Nightingales 248 Bubble Terrance “BJ” Marcelle
14. birdsong 245 The Last Word Andy Narell
14. Harmonites 245 More Love Seion Gomez
16. Siparia Deltones 239 Black Man Feeling to Party Carlton “Zanda” Alexander
17. Humming Birds Pan Groove 219 Haunting Melody Michael Cupidore

Click for WST’s Trinidad and Tobago Panorama 2013 coverage