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Fourteen steelbands in the medium bands cat-
egory and 15 large orchestras will compete in
the semi-finals of the 2014 National Panorama
competition at the Queen s Park Savannah on
Sunday, starting at noon.
Pan Trinbago vice-president Bryon Serrette
said they will be using tomorrow's small and
medium bands semi-finals as a dress rehearsal
"The weekend of Panorama semi-finals actually
starts on Saturday, so we ought to be well ready
on Sunday, having already gone through Saturday's
He said they had also focused heavily on secu-
"This year, there will be additional security
throughout the venue. Apart from the conventional
protective services, we have hired a security firm
to ensure the safety of all patrons at the venue."
Following is the playing order:
1. Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille ---
2. Pan Elders --- All Ah We Is One Family.
3. Curepe Scherzando --- Pan In the Atmos-
4. Arima Angel Harps --- In De Minor.
5. Melodians --- The Hammer.
6. NGC Couva Joylanders --- Free Up.
7. NLCB Buccooneers --- Madness.
8. St Margaret's Super Stars --- In De Minor.
9. Petrotrin Hatters --- Live Your Life Like You
10. Power Stars --- Take Me With You.
11. Petrotrin Katzenjammers --- Spankin'.
12. Steel Xplosion --- Dust In Dey Face.
13. Carib Dixieland --- Dis Is It.
14. Valley Harps --- Happiest Man Alive.
1. Caribbean Airlines Invaders --- Jam It.
2. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps --- In De Minor.
3. Witco Desperadoes --- Spankin'.
4. bp Renegades --- In De Minor.
5. Skiffle --- The Wedding (Shaadi).
6. Solo Harmonites --- Men of Steel/2014.
7. birdsong --- We Kinda Music.
8. Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars --- Excite-
9. PCS Silver Stars --- The Reason.
10. White Oak Starlift --- Happiest Man Alive.
11. NLCB Fonclaire --- Big In The Dance.
12. Republic Bank Exodus -- Pan is Carnival
13. NGC La Brea Nightingales --- Pan In the
14. Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove --- Jump
15. RBTT Redemption Sound Setters --- Excite-
PETER RAY BLOOD
Panmen yesterday knocked PanTrinba-
go s decision to allow Pan Splash at Sun-
day s National Panorama semi-finals at the
Queen s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain,
saying it was disrespectful to the movement
and the culture.
Leading the charge was arranger of defend-
ing conventional large band champions Phase
II Pan Groove Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, who
admitted he was brought to tears when he
learned of the initiative which would see a
pool being added to the attractions at The
Giving the idea a thumbs down, Sharpe
said: "What is Pan Trinbago doing to the
national instrument of T&T?
"They can't be pan people? Can you imag-
ine this? A national competition is going on
and you want to have a pool party at the
same time? Nobody cares about the national
instrument. This pool idea is total disrespect.
There is no where in the world, in any com-
petition, that will go on."
He added that he was not supportive of
the idea of The Greens, an initiative started
by Pan Trinbago to bring extra income when
it was implemented.
"In the first place, there should be no
Greens in Panorama. Why can't Pan Trinbago
do this as a separate event, at another time
of the year," he said
"Instead, create something positive in pan
to interest and attract more young people.
There are several young people who are qual-
ified in business who can run pan affairs
better than those in power right now."
He added: "This thing hurts me more than
words can express. People might think I have
some kind of personal vendetta against Pan
Trinbago but this is not so. My only interest
is the growth and development of pan, at
home and worldwide."
In its continued quest to attract young
people to the Panorama competition, Pan
Trinbago introduced Pan Splash. It will feature
a 70-foot pool, outfitted with lifeguards and
tight security, alongside the party tents feature
which was initially the main draw to The
Speaking about the initiative earlier this
week, Pan Trinbago vice-president Bryon
Serrette said: "Pan Splash is a new experiment
Pan Trinbago is trying this year.
"The pool is an experiment to see how
aqua activity can be introduced in the day
as a new attraction to the event. The Greens
is something that Pan Trinbago has developed
and has the potential for so much more.
"This year we are responsible for all the
infrastructure at The Greens and there is
some infrastructure that we would like to
use beyond using the venue for just one day
for Panorama. We have a lot of ideas of how
we can use that space up to the weekend
The fee to access The Greens will now be
$700 the T&T Guardian understands. Pan
Splash is owned by Aqua Fun Park and is
sponsored by the Blue Waters group of com-
panies and Jus Juice.
Veteran musician/pan arranger Ray Hol-
man also expressed his disgust at the move.
He said: "I love water, but ... On one hand,
there is an element of disrespect as far as
the national instrument is concerned to have
these kind of attractions at the same time
as Panorama is in progress.
"Here we have thousands of musicians
performing before a large audience in a serious
"These things are a distraction to the main
show. We are trying to put on a serious pan
event, perhaps the most important compe-
tition for pan in the year, while at the same
time, in the same space, you create a separate
event which does not include pan."
Admitting it seemed to be a big revenue
earner, however, Holman said: "So if they
feel it is necessary that the money made
from the Greens is beneficial to pan, they
should take the money made and buy radio
time to expose pan music.
"People are putting out music every year
for the steelband but that music is not played
on the radio."
Another veteran musician Pelham Goddard,
arranger of former national champion Repub-
lic Bank Exodus, said: "Pan is Carnival. We
need pan back in the thing.
"Pan Trinbago trying all kind of things to
get money but they are not marketing the
event properly. They should look at how Soca
Monarch is promoted and marketed.
"So far I have seen nothing promoted or
marketed by them for Panorama. If you want
to know anything about Panorama you have
no option but to go to the When Steel Talks
He added: "This pool thing is a distraction
from Panorama. Panorama should be Panora-
ma alone in the Savannah. If it is women in
bikini by the pool then I should forget about
the Panorama and go and sit by the pool-
Manager of 2013 National Panorama first-
runner-up Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars,
Beresford "Berry" Hunte, did not seem to
have a problem with the decision but said
the money gained from the event needed to
go back to the steelbands.
He added: "If that is one of the ways of
getting income and making a profit by Pan
Trinbago, so be it.
"But the money is not filtering back to
the bands. Once it is not interfering with the
competition, no problem. The profits have
to come back to the steelbands."
Management committee member of bpTT
Renegades, Peter Lochin, added: "We have
been assured that activity on The Greens
will not affect the steelbands while playing
on stage. We (Renegades) had a problem with
noise from The Greens three years ago but
then it was just next to the North Stand.
We'll just have to wait and see."
Pan Splash brings 'Boogsie' to tears...
Workers set up bleacher facilities at the Queen's park Savanna, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, in
preparation for this weekend's PanTrinbago National Panorama Semi-finals. However, a
plan to use a pool (inset) as part of the attraction in the The Greens which has incensed
panmen. PHOTOS: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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