San Juan East Side Symphony perform in the single pan finals, during the single pan and small conventional band finals at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Thursday night. The two pan sides tied for first place in the single pan finals. —Photos: DAVE PERSAD

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Deltones’ $.35m second prize withheld

Claim of excessive players to be probed

By Stories by Gary Cardinez

Petrotrin Siparia Deltones went home yesterday morning without its $350,000 second place cheque because of a pending investigation into its performance at the Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Final at Skinner Park, San Fernando.

It was just about 1.30 a.m. when Deltones came on stage but after the count, officials found the band had too many players. The maximum number of players in this category is 60.

Officials said Deltones had over 70 players and there was a heated discussion between the band’s management and the Panorama officials. This went on for some time until it was agreed that all players should leave the stage and file in one at a time.

Even after this was done the officials felt that more players had come into the band, more argument followed with harsh words and obscene language flowing on stage. 

After half an hour, no Panorama official had counted in the band but at about 2 a.m. on cue from the house announcer the band started to play Carlton Zanda Alexander’s arrangement of “Play More Local”, thrilling the audience with sweet pan music.

In their third year in the competition, SuperNovas Steel Orchestra took the title from Arima Golden Symphony. Under the leadership of Anthony Samaroo, Supernovas performed an Amrit Samaroo’s arrangement of “In D Minor” on pans tuned by Bertram Kellman and Desmond “Mappo” Richardson. The band also won the preliminary and semi-final stages of this competition.

A clean, clear sound of the national instrument filled the early morning air as the players in the band from Lopinot performed for the stipulated eight minutes with great confidence. When they were finished it was all over, bar the shouting.

At exactly 1 a.m. Crescendos Musical started Curtis Edwards’s arrangement of “Spankin”; they played the piece with vigour and excitement and were placed third by the judges.

Defending champions Arima Golden Symphony came in fourth with its performance of BJ Marcelle’s arrangement of “In D Minor””.

Before the small-band category, 16 Single pan orchestras performed before the judges, all with their eyes on the $200,000 first prize.   

The competition got started at 7.35 p.m. instead of the advertised 6 p.m. with defending champions San Juan East Side Symphony playing a Duvonne Stewart’s arrangement of “Fantastic Friday”. The performance was one of pure energy which set the stage for a great competition.

T&T Fire Service was second and it did not disappoint with Terrence BJ Marcelle’s arrangement of “Rainorama”. 

D Original Woodbrook Modernaires followed with “Sing in She Party” arranged by Arddin Herbert. 

Amrit Samaroo marshalled his forces in Trinidad Nostalgic to produce a very good performance of “Jerico”. Leader Avis Bruce and Uni Stars proved that “Woman is Boss” when they played Kareem Brown’s arrangement of the Len Boogsie Sharpe composition.

Hope Pan Groovers followed with their performance of “Both Ah Dem” arranged by Tony “Pan Jumbie” Williams. The competition was very keen and in the end one point separated most of the bands.

But it was not until 10.15 p.m. that Pan Jammers came on stage, well dressed in blue and silver, producing a winning performance of Nicholas Singh’s arrangement of “This Melody Sweet” under the baton of musical director Robert Tobitt. 

This category finished just on 11 p.m. and at 11.24 the Small Band category started and ran until 2.51 a.m.

After receiving the trophy for SuperNovas, PRO Selwyn Williams told the Express, “We are very elated at the victory, we have a very good young arranger in Amrit Samaroo. 

“We also school our players in music in the panyard—the community centre which we share with other members of the community. SuperNovas has a good music programme and we are hosts to students of the Delaware University every year. They come to learn about the steelpan and caribbean history.”

Williams continued, “We were confident but did not want to come over as show-offs. Bands need to know if you are serious about any competition you have to be well organised, have good instruments and good music. It’s the only way to be successful. You have to appeal to the people.”

 

The results are as follows:

 

Single Pan

1st - San Juan East Side Symphony.....281

1st - Pan Jammers................................281

3rd - T&T Fire Service...........................276

4th - Trinidad Nostalgic..........................275

5th - Uni Stars.......................................274

5th - Hope Pan Groovers......................274

7th - Pan Elites......................................272

8th - Scrunter’s Pan Groove...................271.5

9th - Scorpion Pan Reflections..............271

9th - La Creole Pan Groove...................271

 

Small Conventional

1st - Supernovas...................................288

2nd - Petrotrin Siparia Deltones............285

3rd - Crescendos Musical.....................280

4th - Arima Golden Symphony..............278

5th - Laventille Serenaders...................275

6th - Pandemonium..............................270

7th - Moods...........................................269

7th - Codrington Pan Family.................269

9th - Fascinators...................................267

10th - L H Pan Groove.........................264 

 
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