FOR a second consecutive year, Arima Golden Symphony, playing in the Small Conventional Bands category, and San Juan East Side Symphony, competing in the Single Pan Category, retained their titles in Pan Trinbago's National Panorama Finals.
The competition, held at Skinner Park, San Fernando on Thursday, started almost two hours after the advertised time of 6 p.m., with 17 single pan bands and 11 small conventional bands.
Arima Golden Symphony played "We come out to play", arranged and led by Terrence "BJ" Marcelle, which earned them 278 points, the Pan Trinbago Challenge trophy and $400,000.
They defeated nearest rival Laventille Serenaders, which played "Hammer Time", by a single point.
In the single pan category, San Juan East Side Symphony's piece, the 1991 selection "Rant and Rave", arranged by Duvone Stewart and led by Andre Franco, scored 278 points. They will receive $200,000.
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force played "Iron Man" and copped second position with 276 points.
This year's competition was staged in tribute to tuner and inventor Bertie Marshall, who died last October, for his contribution to the national instrument.
During the show Fire Service officers had to warn against the use of fireworks after Trinidad East Side Symphony surprised the small crowd with a burst of fireworks at the end of their performance.
In contrast to the sweet sounds and unique arrangements and presentations, the house DJ was constantly called on by Pan Trinbago officials to play the songs that introduced each band.
The prize-giving and award function is expected to take place on February 22 at a venue to be announced.
Small Conventional Bands category
1st Arima Golden Symphony - We Come Out to Play - 278 points
2nd Laventille Serenaders - Hammer Time - 277
3rd Super Novas - Gold - 275
4th Codrington Pan Family - She Ready - 274
5th Tornadoes - Not a Pan Tune and Tamana Pioneers - Gold - 268
7th Cocorite West Wind - I Music - 265
8th Fascinators Pan Symphony - Tell Dem - 264
9th Golden Hands - Champions - 263
10th Merrytones - Champions - 260
11th Old Tech - shock Attack - 258
Single Pan category
1st San Juan East Side Symphony - Rant and Rave - 278 points
2nd T&T Defence Force - Iron Man - 276
3rd Trinidad Nostalgic - Dust In Yuh Face - 274
4th (tie) Trinidad East Side Symphony - Johnny
Chord Masters Steel Orchestra - We Ain't Going Home
City Sun Valley Pan Groove - Jump and Breakaway
Tiger Tanks Fyzabad 4th Dimension - Jab Jab (Wine on Something)
8th La Creole Pan Groove - We Come Out to Play - 272
9th (tie) Carib Woodbrook Playboyz Steel Orchestra - Bacchanal
Gonzales Sheikers - Pan By Storm
Marsichans Steel Orchestra - Dollar Wine
Uni Stars - KaKa Roach - 271
13th Scrunter's Pan Groove - By All Means - 269
14th Shades In Steel - Suck Meh Soucouyant - 268
15th Bar 22 Steel Orchestra - Signal To Lara - 267
16th Curepe Polyphonics - Party Time - 265
17th Nostrand Symphony - Ethel - 262