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PETER RAY BLOOD
In the face of mounting disapproval of
the 2014 Band of the Year (Large) results,
National Carnival Bands Association
(NCBA) chairman David Lopez is adamant
that the results are official and final.
The results, announced on Ash Wednes-
day on the NCBA Web site, revealed that
Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars won the
coveted title, portraying Sailors Ashore at
a Tropical Fiesta.
Yesterday, Lopez said many bands were
disqualified by the NCBA for infringing the
rules of the competition.
He added: "The rules of the competition
are on our Web site for everyone to see. The
process is very independent and not under
the purview of the NCBA, but strictly for
the judges to make determinations."
The rules are contained in a 31-page doc-
One of the rules is that participating mas
bands could lose 50 per cent of their points
if revellers did not wear full costume on
Bands can also be disqualified for having
anyone under the age of 18 playing in the
Lopez said: "When bands registered, they
paid money to the bank for the category
they wished to compete in, and got an elec-
tronic card upon doing so.
"Before it is printed and handed over,
they must sign to indicate that they under-
stand and shall abide by the rules.
"I cannot pinpoint which band broke
which rule. That is a question for the judges.
Under the rules bandleaders can no longer
manipulate the system as the competition
is no longer under the control of just one
"The rules of the competition are precise,
transparent and clear and the NCBA assumes
that everyone who signed on to participate
in the competition understood them and
would adhere to them."
National Carnival Commission (NCC)
chairman Allison Demas confirmed her
organisation had received a letter from attor-
neys representing Ronnie & Caro, and added,
"We expect to get another letter from the
attorneys for Rosalind Gabriel. The NCC
shall forward both to the NCBA.
"Attorneys for the NCC will advise us on
what, if any, action the NCC can take to
resolve this matter, bearing in mind that
this is an NCBA competition subject to
NCBA rules and regulations."
Ronnie: We played by
the rules on Tuesday
Most vocal in challenging the results is
Ronnie Mc Intosh, leader of Ronnie & Caro,
whose presentation River Come Down
copped the Downtown Band of the Year
title but failed to make it among the top six
in the competition organised by the NCBA.
Mc Intosh said, "I am waiting on my
attorney to know the next step to take, but
I am taking this thing down to the wire.
"NCBA is saying that we went off route
on the Monday. We are baffled, because we
didn t know Monday mas is connected to
Tuesday mas. In the past, Monday mas has
not affected Tuesday s parade. There are
not supposed to be any mandatory rules
"But we adhered to the rules of the route
on Tuesday. Everything was in order on
Tuesday---the route, the time we spent on
stage, everything; we stuck to the rules of
Passion leader: I saw it coming
Also commenting yesterday, Mas Passion
leader and T&T Carnival Bands Association
(TTCBA) chairman Gerard Weekes said, "I
predicted that Trinidad All Stars would win
Band of the Year."
He had felt so because All Stars competed
on both days in full costume.
"I took the time and read the rules prop-
erly and stuck to them," said Weekes. "The
31-page document contains several rules,
all critical to the Band of the Year Compe-
tition and the parade route. The NCBA
reserves the right to change the rules at its
"Apparently most bandleaders didn t read
the document carefully. Mere days before
Carnival, bandleaders rushed and signed
"One of the rules was that you could lose
50 per cent of the points if your band didn t
wear full costume on Monday. All the bands
in separate costumes on Monday could have
"Many bands also didn t know that points
awarded on Monday were added to their
Tuesday presentation. That, too, was in the
"You could also have been disqualified if
you had anyone under the age of 18 playing
in your band.
"Bands could have also lost 50 per cent
of their points for any route violation."
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NCBA stands by results
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Masqueraders from Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars' winning portrayal, Sailors on Shore
Leave at a Tropical Fiesta, jump on stage with the band during their appearance at the
Champs of Steel Plus 2014 at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday
night. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
GETTING IT RIGHT
NCBA reserves the right to disqualify bands
• The registration requirements have not
been met or were submitted after the
• Untruthful, inaccurate or misleading
information has been supplied.
• The band, its bandleader and or its
producer fails to abide by the rules or the
applicable procedures and requirements
regarding stage performance.
• Band members and/or its bandleader
exhibit behaviour that is dangerous to
themselves or to the other participants.
• The band fails to appear for its stage
• The band fails to compete in full costume
on both Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
• The producer fails to amend the
registration form as to the size of the band
and then the band appears in the competition
with a different size of band.
• The band fails to comply with the strict
time restrictions regarding stage performance
at the Queen's Park Savannah judging venue.
(Source: NCBA Web site)
Against the rules
...The rules were there for everyone to see
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