Panorama Champions Sonatas Steel Orchestra
- Thousands of steelband music fans and
performers descend on the New York City
Brooklyn Museum grounds each year to
witness and/or participate in one of the
greatest all-percussion music
performance shows in the world.
Typically, a little more than ten of the
best New York steel orchestras compete
for the coveted title of `Panorama
Champion'. Attendance has been
estimated to have been as large as
30,000 in the past (as was reported by
the New York Times for the 2001 USSA edition
of the event). The current event
producer and promoter is the West Indian
American Day Carnival Association
(WIACDA) who also oversees the annual New
York Labor Day carnival festivities.
This year's Panorama first prize was $20,000
Competing steel orchestras are required
to perform a ten-minute music piece.
That music selection is judged on a 100
point system that is divided among a
criteria made up of four elements
(arrangement, general performance,
quality of sound and rhythm}.
Currently, orchestras must have no less than 45
players and a maximum of 100 players.