YOUNG talent was at its best during the finals of the Junior Panorama competition which took place at the Queen's Park Savannah, in Port of Spain yesterday.
Though the competition got off to a late start, after more than nine hours of music, it would be the youngsters from St Margaret's Boys' Anglican School—last year's champs— who would again walk away with the title in the primary school category and bragging rights for the next 12 months.
St Margaret's drew screams and cheers of approval from the crowd during their performance of "Pan Army" which was composed by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe.
They managed to secure a total of 262 points, 20 points more than their closest rival— Malabar RC School Steel Orchestra—which placed second with their rendition of Austin "SuperBlue" Lyons' "Ethel". Placing third was Mafeking Government Primary School with 238 points.
Also sharing first-prize glory was St Francois Girls' College with their performance of "How We Coming" in the secondary schools category followed by El Dorado East with "Big Show-down" and Bishop Anstey High School East and Trinity College East (BATCE) with their rendition of Destra Garcia's "Calling Meh".
With 32 sides competing in three different categories, Primary, Secondary and Under-21, the judges had the task of tallying the points based on general performance, arrangement, rhythm and tone.
Eight Under-21 orchestras orchestras also performed at the "Big Yard" as the competition went under lights last night.
The results for that category announced last night were:
•1st - Success Stars Pan
•2nd - bp Renegades (278)
•3rd - St Augustine Secondary