Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - For the first time in a number of years, the National Panorama Single Pan Bands Finals will be held as a separate event.
Come Sunday January 29th, the sounds of steel from the “Pan round de neck/traditional bands” will resound at the Arima Basketball Court, in Arima, East Trinidad, as twenty-one steelbands will vie for bragging rights, the Pan Trinbago Challenge Trophy and prize monies. Competition starts at 4:00 p.m. Admission is TT $100.00, seating is anywhere.
This year bands proceeded from the Preliminary Round (no semis) directly to the Finals with Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony scoring 278.5 points. The band topped the Preliminary round, followed by San Juan All Stars (276.5) and Woodbrook Modernaires (275.5) points.
After eight intense days of steelpan music of fifty-two single-pan bands from the four zones—Tobago, East, North and South/Central—the qualifiers were announced at Port-of-Spain City Hall on Friday January 27th before the bands’ representatives.
Adjudicators in this category are: Tommy Crichlow, Rojelle Granger-Morton, Vorbin Cordice, Audley Timothy, Brendon Moore and Mark Brewster.
Bands will be judged on the basis of Arrangement (40 points), General Performance (40 points), Tone (10 points) and Rhythm (10 points). Single Pan bands were permitted to perform with 20 players in the Qualifying Round, and with a maximum of 30 players for the Finals.
For the purpose of the competition, each participating Single Pan band may select and perform any calypso/soca or chutney providing that the selection has not been played by the said single pan band at a previous Panorama competition. The performance time is six (6) minutes.
Both defending champions, Marsicans and Trinidad East Side Symphony, placed seventh with 273.0 points and as such will defend their title.
The following is the bands’ order of appearance, with their scores after Preliminaries:- - PLEASE NOTE the Order of Appearance below is a REVISION of a previous listing circulated - both provided by Pan Trinbago.
2017 Single Pan Bands Finalists - Order of Appearance (REVISED)
|Single Pan Bands
|Arrangers||Tunes of Choice||Tuners|
|T&T Fire Services
275 pts. #1
|Terrance “BJ” Marcelle||Ethel (1981)||Terrence Sheppard|
273 pts. #2
|T&T Defence Force
273 pts. #3
|Kion Robinson||Get Something and Wave||Jason Holder|
265 pts. #4
|Jason “Peanuts” Isaac
|Tourist Elsie||Desmond “Mappo” Richardson
& Bertram Kelman
|La Famille United
267 pts. #5
|Triston Marcano||Pan By Storm||Sherwin Pierre|
275 pts. #6
|Robert Tobitt||Different Me||n/a|
|Trinidad East Side Symphony
273 pts. #7
|Jerod Lett & Sheldon Harewood||Pan In Danger||n/a|
|Shades In Steel
274 pts. #8
|D Original Woodbrook Modernaires
275.5 pts. #9
|Ankoina “Bobby” Paul||Jump on the Count of Four||n/a|
|La Creole Pan Groove
264 pts. #10
|Jamal “Meck Meck” Gibbs||This Melody Sweet||Desmond “Mappo” Richardson|
|Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony
278.5 pts. #11
|Carlon Harewood||Get Something and Wave||n/a|
270 pts. #12
|Kevin “Bones” Holder||War||n/a|
|Nu-Pioneers Pan Groove
263 pts. #13
|Shaun Marcano & Simon Marcano||Drive It||n/a|
272 pts. #14
|Amrit Samaroo||Flag Party||n/a|
263 pts. #15
|St. James Tripolians
263 pts. #16
|Dereck Boucaud||Fire Down Below||n/a|
270 pts. #17
|Michelle Huggins-Watts||Total Disorder||n/a|
|San Juan All Stars
276 pts. #18
|Akiba “Panman” Joseph||Johnny||n/a|
264 pts. #19
|Akil Browne||Kaka Roach||n/a|
|T&T Prison Service
265 pts. #20
|Terrence Sealy||Nah Do Dat||n/a|
268 pts. #21
|Kareem Brown||Magic Drum (2009)||Gabriel “Doyle” Robley|
Angela A. Fox
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