Single Pan Bands - (2023) 2024 Semi-finals Results - Trinidad and Tobago Panorama

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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.Title defender Chord Masters Steel Orchestra maintains its lead after its delivery of champion arranger André White’s ‘Doctor Cassandra,’ at the end of the ’level playing field’ that was the (2023) 2024 Single Pan semi-finals. The event was held at the Arima Velodrome in east Trinidad on Saturday November 25.

San Juan East Side Symphony (arranger Duvone Stewart), and a tie between Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony (arranger Carlon Harewood) and Nostrand Symphony (arranger Sheldon Peters) round out the top three positions going into the final competition. And so these top spots now feature three previous champions in this specific category, vying once more to retake the championship with their respective bands: White, Stewart and Harewood.

Steelpan lovers who took in all the music, got the chance to support their favorites. Each of the thirty bands making it this far in competition, turned out the musical performance they hoped would find favor with the judges and take them into the December 3 finals coming up next weekend at Carnival City (Queen’s Park Savannah) in Port-of-Spain.

Though event organizers Pan Trinbago were apparently ready to go at 4:00 p.m. AST (Atlantic Standard Time), it was around 5:00 when band number one East Phonics Steel Orchestra, put forward their interpretation of ‘Volcano’ arranged by Akil Browne.  Time management was very good throughout, and bands flowed on and off stage quickly, with band number fifteen, Trinidad East Side Symphony, wrapping up a couple minutes after 8:00 p.m., closing off the first half and making way for a short intermission.

Circa 11:08 p.m. Arddin Herbert gave the count for the last band on stage, La Famille United, which sounded off with a lively version of his arrangement of Machel Montano’s ‘On De Road.’

The talented Vanessa Headley-Brewster - a champion steelband arranger in the small conventional steel orchestra category, composer and vocalist - has herself judged steelband competitions.  On this evening in her capacity as radio presenter, Vanessa hosted on camera the live stream made available online by WACK.TV, complete with unapologetically blunt commentary, based on her years of experience in the artform.

And the expected twenty single pan bands, not all thirty - will have a shot at the championship. Last year, inclement weather postponed, then led to the outright cancellation of, the semi-finals. It resulted in thirty finalists ostensibly having a shot at the title.

Results labeled '’Unofficial‘ were posted by Pan Trinbago a few minutes after midnight. There were several leaps in positioning, and ‘ties’ in point totals throughout.

These semi-finals results follow, and will be updated, if necessary, and/or the label ‘Unofficial’ removed when presented as official.

Update: ‘Unofficial’ status removed; results unchanged, now re-posted by Pan Trinbago as ‘official’ (11/27/2023)

(2023) 2024 Single Pan Bands Semi-finals Results

Place Single Pan Band Tune Points
1st Chord Masters ‘Doctor Cassandra’ 274
2nd San Juan East Side Symphony ‘Big Belly Man’ 271
3rd Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony ‘Pan In ‘A’ Minor’ 270
3rd Nostrand Symphony ‘Doh Back Back’ 270
5th Metro Stars Steel Orchestra ‘If Ah Rude Ah Rude’ 268
5th Trinidad & Tobago Police Service Steel Orchestra ‘Bacchanal Time’ 268
7th Trinidad Nostalgic Steel Orchestra ‘Volcano’ 266
8th Arima All Stars ‘Pan In Danger’ 265
8th D’Brimblers ‘Shaking It’ 265
8th Trinidad East Side Symphony ‘Woman Is Boss’ 265
8th Woodbrook Playboyz Steel Orchestra ‘Fire Coming Down’ 265
12th Marsicans Steel Orchestra ‘Suck Meh Soucouyant’ 262
13th La Famille United ‘On De Road’ 261
13th Platinum Steel Orchestra ‘My Dulahin’ 261
13th Trinidad & Tobago Fire Service Steel Orchestra ‘Volcano’ 261
16th New Age Trendsetters ‘Band From Space’ 260
17th Uni Stars ‘All Aboard’ 259
18th San Juan All Stars Steel Orchestra ‘Display’ 257
18th Trinidad & Tobago Prison Service Steel Orchestra ‘Chutney Bacchanal’ 257
20th Ice Water Pan Ensemble ‘Barbara’ 254

The following bands did not move forward...

21st East Phonics Steel Orchestra ‘Doh Back Back’ 251
21st Stardust Steel Orchestra ‘Bee’s Melody’ 251
23rd Gonzales Sheikers ‘Doh Back Back’ 250
24th D' Original Woodbrook Modernaires ‘The Islands’ 246
24th Pan Stereonettes ‘Ethel’ 246
26th Curepe Polyphonics ‘Woman Is Boss’ 245
26th Pan Elites Steel Orchestra ‘Jump And Wave’ 245
28th Edinburgh 500 Steel Ensemble ‘Roti And Talkarie’ 243
29th Nu Pioneers Pan Groove ‘Fire Coming Down’ 238
30th St. Thomas Silver Stars Steel Orchestra ‘Dead Or Alive’ 235

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