|Marsicans, East Side Symphony tie for first |
By Seeta Persad Saturday, February 6 2016
SCORES of pan-players took to the stage on Thursday night vying for the top spots in the National Panorama Finals for Single pan and Conventional small bands at Skinner Park San Fernando.
It was not until midnight that the names of winners were announced much to the delight of pan-players who were at this venue for many hours.
In the end, Marsicans from Mausica Old Road, Arima tied with Trinidad East-Side Symphony for the first place in the single pan category.
Arranger for Marsicans was Marlon White, and they played the tune ‘Say Say” sung by Timothy Watkin (Baron).
They played at position four and really energised the crowds with the sweet rhythm of the pan music, very much like the voice of calypsonian Baron. Symphony was at its all time best as they played the tune.
“Total Disorder” by Sylvon Doyle.
The arranger for this pan side was Carlon Harewood. They certainly commanded total disorder as spectators waved to their music. Also in winner’s row was Arima Golden Symphony playing “D Greatest Invention” with arrangement by Terrance Marcelle.
In third position was TT Fire Services panmen who did the song, ‘Rebecca’ by Super Blue (Austin Lyons). Arranger was Terrance Marcelle. There was no fifth place as there was a tie for the fourth position.
Both Arima All Stars and San Juan East-Side Symphony got the same amount of marks to win the fifth prize. This Arima-based band played the tune ‘Kaka Roach’ arranged by Brian Austin. San Juan players choose ‘No No We Eh Going Home’ arranged by Duvone Stewart. It was after 10 pm, when the Small Conventional Steel Orchestras took to the stage in competition.
As Arima Golden Symphony set the stage ablaze with “D Greatest Invention” to win. Laventille Serenaders did “Pan Jumbie” conducted by Arddin Herbert to place second and Tornadoes lived up to their name when they played the tune, “Mash It Up” directed by Shervon “Shev” Edward. They took the third position. La Horquetta Pan Groove was grooving to the tune “Raising Dust” to capture the fourth place.