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Buccooneers 3rd in medium Panorama category
All Stars jam to 10th title
Massy Trinidad All Stars went
on stage at 2.30 Sunday morning
before a sizeable Queen's Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain audi-
ence, some seven hours into the
programme. By the time the band
exited the stage and the cheers
and standing ovation were over,
however, it was clear to many that
its rendition of MX Prime's Full
Extreme had been bound for glory.
Awarded 286 points, the 82-year-
old Port-of-Spain band copped its
10th Panorama title with the Leon
"Smooth" Edwards arrangement.
In second place on 283 points
were 2016 winners Desperadoes.
Now exiled to Frederick Street in
Port-of-Spain, the Laventille-born
11-time Panorama champs had
opened the Big Band proceedings
at 10.45 pm with the programme's
most played tune - Good Morning.
In third place, also playing the
Jovan James/Peter Ram collabora-
tion of Good Morning was BpTT
Renegades, which earned 280
They were followed in the stand-
ings---by a margin of three points---
by Republic Bank Exodus.
Exodus appeared last on the
programme with Good Morning
and, in the process, tied with CAL
Invaders, which went for a spirit-
ed rendition of Full Extreme.
PCS Silver Stars, a band that had
also brought the crowd to its feet,
came in sixth with 276 points after
playing We Are Conquerors.
Two points behind was Skiffle
on 274 followed by Phase 11 Pan
Groove with Red, White and Black
in a tie on 272 points with MTHL
Starlift that chose Good Morning.
Last year's surprise runners-up,
FCB Supernovas, failed to similar-
ly impress the judges with arrang-
er Amrit Samaroo's Rumble in the
Jungle on 271 points, while T&TEC
Tropical Angel Harps were close
behind in 11th place on 270.5 points,
having played "Single."
Much earlier, former perennial
Large Band competitor, Pan-de-
monium, had opened the Medium
Band proceedings with an Akua
Leith arrangement of Cheers to
The spirited arrangement
announced the start of one of the
most keenly-competed Panorama
encounters in recent history, but
only managed to provide the Bel-
mont band with a shared ninth
place standing together with Sound
Specialists of Laventille on 264
Emerging victorious, now with
a record four consecutive wins, was
Pan Elders, playing a Duvonne
Stewart arrangement of Roti and
The performance earned the
band 282 points, leaving in its wake
by a margin of seven points, Curepe
Scherzando that had chosen the
Mighty Shadow's 2001 Road March
winning tune Stranger.
Tobago's NLCB Buccooneers,
with Rhythm Run Things, earned
272 points for third place.
A three-way tie for fourth place
on 270 bunched HCL Valley Harps,
Petrotrin Katzenjammers and
The programme got off to a mar-
ginally late start at 7.10 pm with
an opening statement by embattled
Pan Trinbago president Keith Diaz,
but the medium bands kept up an
efficient flow between performanc-
es.Valley Harps startled the crowd
with a pyrotechnics display during
its performance an hour later. This
led to a subsequent announcement
that several bands to follow would
have later employed the same stunt.
Only two bands in the medium
category chose current 2017 selec-
tions---Katzenjammers with Good
Morning while Buccooneers played
Kernal Roberts' Rhythm Run Tings.
Good Morning was played six
times on the evening and Full
Extreme twice. Several bands also
decided to colour their perfor-
mances with dancers and dramat-
Renegades brought along a full
cast of ole-time mas' characters,
while Silver Stars' players portrayed
medieval knights, complete with
shields and choreographed dance
Big band winners, All Stars, went
the route of fireworks and strobe
Many were also noting the stay-
ing power of the Panorama audi-
ence at the end of the usual Pan-
The North Stand never quite
reached full capacity, while the
Grand Stand was packed tight.
Close to eighth hours after the start,
it was all over. (Trinidad Guardian)
Massy Trinidad All Stars frontline players during the band's winning performance of 'Full Extreme' during the National Panorama Finals at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday
PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSING
Frontline Pan Elders Steel Orchestra players during their winning
performance of Roti and Talkarie in the medium band category during the
National Panorama Finals on Saturday at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
1. Massy Trinidad All Stars "Full
2. Desperadoes "Good Morning"
3. BpTT Renegades "Good Morn-
4. Republic Bank Exodus "Good
5. CAL Invaders "Full Extreme"
6. PCS Silver Stars "We Are Con-
7. Skiffle "Good Morning" 274
8. HADCO Phase 11 Pan Groove
"Red, White and Black" 272
9. MTHL Starlift "Good Morning"
10. FCB Supernovas "Rumble in
the Jungle" 271
11. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps
1. Pan Elders "Roti and Talkarie"
2. Curepe Scherzando "Stranger"
3. NLCB Buccooneers "Rhythm
Run Things" 272
4. HCL Valley Harps "Total Disor-
5. Petrotrin Katzenjammers "Good
6. Melodians "Um-Ba Yao 270
7. NGC Couva Joylanders "Band
of the Year" 268
8. NGC Steel Xplosion "Wet Meh
9. Pan-demonium "Cheers To Life"
10. Sound Specialists of Laventille
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