Sparse turnout for Single Pan, Small Bands semi-finals
By COREY CONNELLY Sunday, January 27 2013
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A PANNIST with PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars get caught up in the music...
The crowd was sparse in the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain — both the North and Grand Stands there were but a few faithful patrons — at yesterday’s National Single Pan and Small Bands semi-finals, but this did not stop pannists treating them to some riveting performances.
In the single pan category, TT Defence Force Steel Orchestra appeared to be among the hot favourites to contest the finals of the Single Pan competition.
Performing in position 12, the Chaguaramas-based band delivered a powerful rendition of Kitchener’s “Ironman” to the delight of the audience.
Also churning out stirring presentations were San Juan All Stars Steel Orchestra with the Brent Holder-arranged “Big Belly Man,” Nu Pioneers Pan Groove, with Swallow’s “Fire In Yuh Back Seat” and Curepe Polyphonics Steel Orchestra with “Party Time Again,” a tune by Errol Ballantyne.
The Belmont-based Blanca 47, which rendered Bernice Layne’s “Mash It Up,” also made the judges take notice as did La Creole Pan Groove, of La Puerta, Diego Martin, with their rendition of the original De Fosto’s “We Come Out To Play.”
Among the other bands which performed before the judges were Nostrand Symphony Steel Orchestra with Super Blue’s “Ethel,” a piece arranged by Cary Codrington and Trinidad Nostalgic, of Arima, with David Rudder’s “Dust In Yuh Face.”
In terms of the overall event, organisers appeared to have made some effort in addressing the perennial concern of patrons about the sometimes lengthy delay between performances.
Yesterday’s semi-final round of competition was marked by a police and army presence, particularly in the area commonly referred to as the “Greens.”
Officers were seen pacing the eastern entrance of the Savannah as supporters of the various bands lined the metal barriers which had been specially set up for the event.
One police officer told Sunday Newsday they had not received any reports of untoward incidents at the venue. However, he assured they were being extremely vigilant.