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Bomb Competition 2020 - Steelband Results - Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - The Northern Region of Pan Trinbago has released the results of its two Bomb Competitions which were held on Carnival Monday J’Ouvert morning (Victoria Square) and Monday Night (St. James).

Invaders and Brimblers steel orchestras copped the J’Ouvert Bomb Competition at Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain while Starlift and Worldwide steel orchestras took the title in their respective categories in St. James.

Invaders amassed 193 points for their rendition of “Rock The Boat;” second place went to Phase II Pan Groove (191 points) for their version of “The Living Years,” while Trinidad All Stars’ rendition of “Sing Out My Soul To The Lord” earned them third spot with 189 points.

In the Single Pan Bands category, four entrants faced the adjudication panel which saw Brimblers (“Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”) taking the top spot with 192 points.

The complete list of results in the Victoria J’Ouvert Bomb Competition is as follows:-

Victoria Square J’Ouvert Bomb Competition

Conventional Steel Orchestras
1st Invaders Steel Orchestra 193
2nd Phase II Pan Groove 191
3rd Trinidad All Stars 189
4th Desperadoes 187
5th Sound Specialists of Laventille 183
6th Musical Gems 181
7th Harvard Harps 177
Single Pan Bands
1st Brimblers 192
2nd Belmont Hi Larks 170
3rd Laventille Pasphonics 166
4th Ice Water Ensemble 165

In St. James, the competition was held in collaboration with the St. James Community Improvement Committee (CIC) under the theme “Keeping Pan In Carnival” in front of the St. James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road.

Nine bands competed.  Results are as follows:-

St. James Monday Night Bomb Competition

Conventional Steel Orchestras
1st Starlift 195
2nd Musical Gem 191
Single Pan Bands
1st World Wide Steel Orchestra 193
2nd Scrunters Pan Groove 189
3rd Brimblers 182
4th Saphonics 173
5th Ice Water Pan Ensemble 172
6th St. James Tripolians 169
7th Freedom Steel 167
8th Hi Larks 155

Requirement is that participating bands in the Bomb competition perform a non-calypso tune arranged and played in calypso tempo.

The musical form was not a new idea as panists were known to “drop a bomb” on the road at Carnival and other music events prior to 1963.

Pan Trinbago honoured Neville Jules who passed away last week by naming its annual J’Ouvert morning steelpan competition the “Neville Jules Bomb Competition.”


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