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Invincible steel

By Darcel Choy Monday, February 4 2013

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Champs: Success stars Pan Sounds players celebrate yesterday after winning the 'Non-schools category at Junior Panorama with their performance of 'som...
Champs: Success stars Pan Sounds players celebrate yesterday after winning the 'Non-schools category at Junior Panorama with their performance of 'som...

No one was dethroned in this year’s Junior Panorama as all of last year’s winners, St Francois Girls’ College, St Margaret’s Boys’ RC Primary School and Success Stars Pan Sounds held on to their crowns.

The unbeatable St Margaret’s Boys RC continued their winning streak with their sixth consecutive Primary Schools Panorama title making it their ninth win overall in the competition.

The band, which scored 356.5 points, played Destra Garcia’s “Vibes” on the big stage at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain. The players all under the age of 13 looked like they had a good time as they smiled and danced throughout their performance.

Wearing black hats and blue T-shirts, the players hit every note with precision and passion which made for great pan music.

After receiving the winning trophy, the school’s principal Colette Perez said she felt elated they have held on to the title for another year.

“The boys are really talented and they worked really hard for this and I am really proud of them,” she said.

She also thanked the band’s founding member, Rosanna Abraham who has stuck with the band since its inception.

Placing second was St Mary’s Government Primary School, scoring 339 points with their performance of the Mighty Trini’s “Sailing”.

In third place was Febeau Government Pan Giants with 332.5 points. Their performance was an impressive one given that the students have not occupied their school at Saddle Road, San Juan for close to a year as it is under repair. The students have been housed at the St George East District Office building Tunapuna.

Dressed in blue T-shirts, the young players brought the party atmosphere to the Savannah with Austin “Superblue” Lyons’ song “Get Something and Wave” moving the audience to their feet to dance along as they played.

Giving a memorable performance was Grant Memorial Presbyterian who placed seventh with 311 points. They woke up the audience with the song “Birthday Party” by Superblue (Austin Lyons). Their presentation was the theme of a birthday party as the players wore party hats and their pan racks were decorated with colourful balloons. They even had a birthday cake with candles on stage which they lit at the end of their performance to celebrate the band’s tenth anniversary.

Students from Point Fortin Anglican School danced and cheered throughout their performance.

Wearing blue T-shirts with white bandanas tied around their necks, the young pannists played Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez’s soca hit “We Doin Dis Owah” arranged by Damien Alexander.

During the primary school category, one secondary school, Guayaguayare Star Sounds performed because they did not have their own instruments and needed to use the ones set up for bands without their own pans. The small band performed Sheldon Blackman’s “Love to Hear Steel Play”.

Beating their closest opponent by 15 points, St Francois Girls’ College won the Secondary Schools Panorama crown for the third time in a row.

Scoring 261 points, the girls showed the judges and the crowd they were there to keep their crown as they played with precision, looking and sounding like a large band as they played Leroy “Black Stalin” Calliste and Steve Sealy’s “Tell Dem”.

Placing second was El Dorado East Secondary with 246 points with Machel Montano’s 2013 Carnival hit “She Ready”. Their sister school, El Dorado West Secondary played the same song but East Secondary gave a better performance.

St Charles Pan Stars placed third with 237 points with their performance of “Vibes” by Destra Garcia.

Speyside High School, Tobago moved the crowd with their performance of David Rudder’s “Calypso Music” which placed them in the fourth position with 226 points.

Goodwood High School, also from Tobago, played Aldwyn “Kitchener” Roberts’ “Tribute to Spree Simon”. The band incorporated African drums and the tamboo bamboo (bamboo instruments) in their presentation which was well received by the crowd. Mt Hope Secondary School started off this category with a bang as they gave such an energetic performance that one of the bass players lost one of his pan sticks but he kept on playing.

In the non-schools category, Success Stars Pan Sounds won with 280 points with Marilyn Hunte and Mickiel Gabriel’s “Something to Celebrate”. BP Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra placed second with 272 points playing Maestro and Machel Montano’s “Gold” Remix and in third place was Republic Bank Exocubs with Kitchener’s “50 Years of Steel’.

The prize monies are the same for each category with first place receiving $35,000, second place $33,000, third place $31,000 and fourth place $29,000.

Twelve schools competed in the primary schools category down from 21 last year, 12 played in the secondary school category and 13 bands competed in the non-schools category an increase from last year which had six bands.

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