Results - Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Preliminaries - Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama 2020
Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - With the preliminaries now completed, the 2019 defending champion in the small category, T&T Defence Force Steel Orchestra, has considerable ground to make up for a serious defense of its title, in the 2020 edition of the annual Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama. Out in front in a tie for first place going into the semi-finals are Fascinators Pan Symphony, Golden Hands and New East Side Dimension. Arrangers are Yohan Popwell, Vanessa Headley and Kersh Ramsey, respectively.
It’s been a unique year, definitely for the steelband communities in the home of Pan, Trinidad and Tobago. That experience? The recently-concluded Single Pan Band competition - two held in 2019, and now, the small steel orchestras. They, too have now competed in not one, but two, preliminary competitions in 2019. Running from December 9–17, they have been the first “conventional” steel orchestras up in Panorama 2020. The overall traditional Panorama format of competition held within the Carnival season has been overhauled by event organizers Pan Trinbago as the organization strives to highlight Pan throughout the year, not just mainly within the country’s annual Carnival.
Fifty-four bands were originally reported to have registered, but in the end a total of just forty took their turn at panyards in their respective regions before the panel of judges. The Northern region groups were first up, followed by the Eastern, South/Central and Tobago regions.
In what might?? be another “first,” the bands performed their tunes of choice not only at regular Panorama pace, but also delivered a “slow” version. Hmmm....
Now, the top thirty-one (31) are moving on to the semi-finals, slated for January 11, 2020.
See the Small Steel Orchestras’ Order of Appearance at Semi-finals