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A jubilant Ronnie McIntosh
could hardly contain his excitement
as it was another thrilling moment
when he and his wife Caroline,
copped a hat-trick in the Down-
town Band of the Year title with
their 2016 presentation Tears Of...
While this was the third such win
for the husband and wife team it
was, however, the first time they
copped the National Carnival Com-
mission's (NCC) Band of The Year
Competition in the senior catego-
ry.Last year, the band won the
Downtown Parade of the Bands title
with their offering Ah Come Back
In an interview yesterday, McIn-
tosh said his wife was also blown
away by the news as she "could not
stop screaming down the house.
"It is such a tremendous feeling.
We really worked hard not only to
bring out the best mas band but as
a must we ensure our masqueraders
have a great all round experience...
from the music, food... the whole
works," McIntosh said.
On what he believed also pushed
him over the edge to beat out the
other contenders the veteran band-
leader said his costumes were a mix-
ture of bikini and beads and full
"Our band has sexiness but we
also supply full coverage. We cannot
turn a blind eye to the bikini and
beads because that is what people
come to the country for.
"We also do presentations in other
parts of the world and bikini and
beads are what people want.
"But our band is much more than
that because it must be balanced.
We have creativity and we keep the
mas alive... in essence we are pre-
serving our culture that is Carnival,"
He said throughout his presen-
tations over the years the theme was
Saying the win was for his "loyal
masqueraders and those recently
joined," McIntosh said his band has
grown over the years, adding that
was in itself a blessing.
"Without them we have no band
and we have no Carnival. We have
to always treat our masqueraders
top class so they could go back and
spread the word and always bring
back more people," McIntosh added.
Placing second in both venues
was Lost Tribe while Trini Revellers
came third at the Savannah.
NCC's chairman Kenny de Silva
said he was pleased with the crowd
turnout at both Downtown and Pic-
cadilly at the Greens.
n of Tears
Of... at the
Clean sweep for Ronnie and Caro
Veteran mas designer Rosalind
Gabriel says she is happy with
her band placing first in the Jun-
ior Bands category (Large) of the
NCC Band of the Year competi-
She said so yesterday shortly
after the results were announced
at a media briefing at NCC's
offices, St Clair.
Gabriel, who was celebrating
her 18th win in the category, said
she was extremely happy.
"I never take winning for grant-
the best. I would love to congrat-
ulate everyone who placed in junior
and senior categories.
"This is my 18th title in the NCC
band of the year and each time it
seems like my first time," Gabriel
She said her presentation, titled
Another Day in Paradise, was part
of her focus on the beauty of the
"Every year I try to focus on a
different part of life in T&T and
I choose different places which are
like national treasures. They are
exquisite places to visit and I try
to showcase that," she added. (KC)
SASCHA WILSON & KALIFA CLYNE
Machel Montano has won the
Road March competition for the
third consecutive year with his song
Waiting on the Stage.
He became the fourth artiste to
win a hat-trick, joining the likes of
Austin Lyons (SuperBlue), Aldwyn
Roberts (Lord Kitchener) and
Christopher Herbert (Tambu)
The only person to win the com-
petition four consecutive times is the
late Roaring Lion whose real name
was Raphael de Leon.
It came as no surprise yesterday
when Montano ran away with the
Road March title for the third con-
Montano's tune Waiting on the
Stage was clearly the most popular
song as it was played 328 times.
His closest competitor was Kees
Dieffenthaller's People, People, which
was played 29 times.
Even before the results were
announced by Trinbago Unified
Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO)
yesterday, the public had already sus-
pected that Montano won as his tune
was heard blasting repeatedly at judg-
ing points throughout the country
during Carnival Monday and Tuesday
Montano has won the title eight
times, Austin "Super Blue" Lyons
nine times while Aldwin "Lord Kitch-
ener" Roberts won it ten times.
JENSEN LA VENDE
With 12 guns recovered for the year,
four during the Carnival period and
over 300 in the past two years, the
head of the Northern Division Senior
Supt David Abraham has labelled his
area as a gun hot spot.
During a media briefing at the Mal-
oney Police Station yesterday, Abraham
thanked both his officers and the public
for their roles in recovering over 300
illegal weapons and said he was con-
cerned that the number of guns found
in his division although it was not sur-
rounded by water and guns were not
"I am telling all those who are
involved in criminal activity to put
down the guns and turn your life
around away from crime. Make a
change because we will be arresting
you and coming after you" Abraham
Also at the briefing was ACP Sura-
jdeen Persad in charge of Northern,
Eastern and North-Eastern Divisions,
who said the police would try to not
only make the division and by extension
the country free of crime but also of
the fear of crime through their patrols
and door-to-door policing.
He added that they would be tar-
geting those in the illegal narcotics
Abraham said for the Carnival week-
end the police seized four guns, includ-
ing an AK-47, a 9mm pistol and two
sho guns, one of which was homemade.
The officers also seized 19 rounds of
For the Carnival period, 31 people
were arrested, eight for drunk driving,
three for narcotics, eight for possession
of weapons and the rest for outstanding
warrants and other offences.
Concerning the guns, two people---
a 63-year-old man and a 24-year-old
man---were held in separate instances
for a shotgun and the pistol.
Gabriel wins again with Another Day In Paradise
Senior Band of the Year --- Large:
1. Ronnie and Caro: Tears of...
2. The Lost Tribe--- Magical Experi-
ence Ltd: The Lost Tribe,
3. Trini Revellers: A Touch of
Woodbrook, Now and Then.
4. Trinidad All Stars Steel Orches-
tra: Sailors Ashore at Elmina.
5. Legacy: Life.
Senior Band of The Year ---
1. K2K Alliance and Partners:
Searching for Shangri La Your
Garden of Eden.
2. Just Wee and Friends: Celebrat-
ing We Own.
3. Flirt: Classic of Soca.
4. Mas Passion: Jubilation, The
Celebration of Life.
5. D KREWE: Flashback.
Senior Band of the Year --- Small:
1. Tribal Connection Cultural Pro-
motion: Through Indian Eyes.
2. Cat in Bag Productions: Dog
3. Splash-D-Mas Band: An En-
Senior Band of the Year --- Mini:
1. The Original Jab Ja: Traditional
2. Cheyenne People Native of the
Plains: Cheyenne People Native
of the Plains.
3. Rhapsody in Blue: Doctor Dev-
4. 2001 Jab Molassie: It In We
Junior Bands Competition:
1. Rosalind Gabriel Carnival Pro-
ductions Ltd: Another Day in
2. Carnival Babies TT: From One Is-
land To Another.
3. Zabapique Production: Let's Cel-
1. Classix Production: Out of
2. Baps Mas Committee: Blueti-
3. Mt Lambert RC School: Play
Nah! We Doh Want To Forget.
1. Bits and Bites Productions:
2. Spoilt Rotten Kids: The Big
Easy, New Orleans.
1. A Touch of India.
2. La Ta Caille Kidz: Mother Nature
And Her Wonders.
3. The Reservation: Totems.
Machel Montano Road
2016 Waiting on the Stage
2015 Like Ah Boss
2014 Ministry of Road (MOR)
2012 Pump Yuh Flag
2006 Band of De Year (with
1997 Big Truck
Machel makes it hat-trick of wins Four more guns seized
Band wins Downtown and at Savannah
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