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After 26 years Pan Jammers finally broke their
Panorama jinx as they were crowned joint Petrotrin
National Panorama Single Pan champs with San
Juan East Side Symphony last Friday night.
The Panorama judges could not declare a clear
winner between the two bands after their thrilling
performances at Skinner Park, San Fernando, and
opted to have the bands share the spoils.
Both bands amassed a total of 281 points and will
share the $320,000 prize and title.
T&T Fire Services copped third place with 276
points for their rendition of Lord Kitchener s 1973
In the Small Conventional band category, the third
time proved lucky for Super Novas Steel
Orchestra. They walked away with the title
and the $400,000 prize on their third try
competing in the pan finals.
The Arouca-based band dethroned reign-
ing champs Arima Golden Symphony, who
placed fourth, to cop the title amassing 288
points. Second place went to Petrotrin Siparia
Deltones, the lone South band in the final.
They received 285 points. The category was
not without controversy and at one point
it seemed that Petrotrin Siparia Deltones,
of Railway Road, Siparia, would not perform
in the hotly-contested competition. Panora-
ma committee adjudicators had queried the
number of players, saying the band had
more than the stipulated 60. The matter
was later resolved and the band went on to
give one of the most entertaining perform-
ances of the evening.
Their presentation of Junior "Mr Famous"
Noel s Play More Local was greeted with
thunderous applause as their portrayal was
accompanied by moko jumbies, tassa and
African drumming and characters dressed
as Shadow, Lord Kitchener, Popcaan and
Selwyn Williams, PRO of Super Novas,
dedicated the band s win to master arranger
Jit Samaroo, out of whose band Super Novas
was born. He said the win was special for
the Surrey Village band.
"It feels very ecstatic, it feels very great.
I am happy for the young people, the band,
and the community that stayed with us,
supported us---and we are very grateful for
"We were expecting to win. We worked
hard enough for it. This is the first time we
won. We entered it three times. We are a
young band," he said.
The band played their take on Winston
"The Original De Fosto Himself" Scarbor-
ough s 2014 hit, In De Minor. The music
was arranged by Samaroo s son Ajit, and
included samples of Ravi s chutney hit Bread
and Denise Plummer s Nah Leaving.
Super Novas players rushed onto the stage
screaming and jumping up and down
moments before their band s name was
announced as winner.
Pan Trinbago President Keith Diaz aptly
described the competition as "fierce."
All 16 bands in the Single Pan category
and ten bands on the Small Convention-
al Bands delivered par excellence perform-
Unfortunately, the superb performances
were delivered before a disappointly small
crowd. Empty chairs speckled the park while
the bleachers were nowhere near full.
However, the loyal pan lovers who turned
up for the finals lapped up the music and
theatrical performances from the country s
finest small and single pan bands.
The finals got off to a late start on last
Thursday, with San Juan East Side Sym-
phony taking the stage at 7.14pm to perform
SuperBlue s 2013 super hit Fantastic Friday.
After a ten-minute delay and shouts of "Play
the pan" from the audience, the champs
began to play.
At 11.25 pm Fascinators Pan Symphony,
of Tunapuna, opened the Small Conven-
tional Bands finals with their rendition, of
Anslem Douglas s 2014 hit Big in the Dance.
Pan Jammers arranger and committee
member Robert Tobitt could not contain
his joy after the results were announced at
around 3.40 am.
Tobitt told reporters he was happy the
Sam Boucaud Road, Upper Santa Cruz-
based band finally won a title after some
"I think it is 26 years since Pan Jammers
has won a Panorama title so I think for the
community of Santa Cruz it is going to be
an overwhelming time. We did a lot of work
and preparation so I was confident that we
would have been in the first three. But when
I heard that we tied for first it was really
overwhelming. Next year we are going to
be defending really hard," he said.
Tobitt added, "I know Duvone Stewart
is a very good arranger and he has been
doing well for the past couple of years, so
to tie with him is something really nice."
San Juan East Side Symphony captain
Andre Franco said he was thrilled to have
retained the title for a fourth consecutive
year, even though he has to share it with
"We were expecting it (to win) we are the
defending champions. We put in a lot of
hard work as usual, we worked hard. We
were not expecting the tie, but after God
all things are possible and the Lord is on
our side also," Franco said.
The Pan Jammers/San Juan East Side
Symphony tie was not the only tie in the
Single Pan category.
Uni Stars, of Laventille and Tobago band,
Hope Pan Groovers, shared fifth spot amass-
ing 274 points and Scorpion Pan Reflections,
of Carenage, tied with La Creole Pan Groove,
of Diego Martin, for ninth spot with 271
Trinidad Nostalgic of Arima placed fourth
with 275 points. Shades of Steel, of Vistabella,
the lone South band, placed 16th in the
A traditional fancy sailor from the Belmont Exotic
Stylish Sailors throws powder on the stage at the
Queen's Park Savannah on Tuesday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
A masquerader from K2K presentation of Vie:
The Rise of the Sanctuary on the Queen's Park
Savannah stage on Carnival Tuesday.
PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
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Pan Jammers wins at last
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