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Finalist for Panorama 2015

The finalists in all categories of Pan Trinbago National Panorama 2015 have been announced.

After a weekend of pan night and day literally, it was indeed pan in ecstasy at the “Mecca of Pan” from 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday.

A total of eighty two (82) steel orchestras in Single Pan, Small, Medium and Large Conventional Bands categories faced separate panels of adjudicators, each vying for the coveted places in the Grand Finals.

At the end of the period 19 Single Pan Bands, 10 Small Bands, 11 Medium Bands and 10 Large Bands qualified for the Grand Finals.

The first of which is Petrotrin Single and Small Band Finals on Thursday 12th February 2015 at Skinner Park, San Fernando, from 6:00 pm. Tickets cost $100.

Medium & Large Conventional Bands will have their play-off on Saturday February 14th, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. Starting time is 7:00 pm.  Prices of admission: Grand Stand Special Reserve:$750., Grand Stand General Reserve: $500.and North Stand: $450 (all inclusive).

The draw for playing positions will take place on ctv on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th February 2015 for Single & Small and Medium & Large Conventional Bands respectively.

From the news desk of Pan Trinbago

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Comment by Bugs on February 6, 2015 at 12:48pm

Merrytone you have raised some very interesting points. Still it boils down to too many small bands and single pan bands. Like Mr. Jules said that was stage that was passed long ago.

bugs

Comment by merrytonestothebone on February 6, 2015 at 12:35pm

No Bugs….if "they" made and stuck to a "one-band-one-player" and "one-band-one-arranger" rule all wiil be solved…by leaving it open …conveniently….the morass will continue…Pan Trinbago chooses to ignore the player prostitution because it benefits certain bands and in turn certain executive members of Pan Trinbago…Yuh want to bet if serious restrictions were made most of the Single Pan and Medium Bands will disappear?…Outside of the Big 5 All Stars, Phase II, Despers, Renegades and Exodus, most if not all other Large bands a re indeed glorified Medium Bands and is gets worse in the medium category. One arranger friend who campaigned in the Medium category told me that this year he almost made the Semis with 32 players….yuh readin'?…32…that is less than the lower limit for a Small Band…do proper research before yuh pass yuh mouth on we brother…Tell the competition organizers to get their house in order…not we who choose to bat in we crease…As I said on this forum before, nobody ever asked for categories, so to come now and blame Small and Single Pan Bands because the people on the Greens ignoring the Large bands can't hold water...

Comment by Bugs on February 6, 2015 at 10:11am

Glenroy if they move the single and small band panoramas out of the carnival season - all problems will be solved.

bugs

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on February 6, 2015 at 9:52am

Personally , I think that there is a need for a format which allows for the participation of small and single pan bands.

The bands are not static , and some bands have successfully moved up through the categories.

As we all know,  Skiffle  for example , was once a single pan band. ( And Btw , I never could understand why they dropped the "Bunch" from their name , I thought "Skiffle Bunch " was a unique and suitable name for a band , but that's just me, I hope the reason was not to be politically correct).

However , the current Panorama format doesn't seem to be amenable to four categories ( competitions) given the restrictions and limitations of a short , crowded carnival season .

Again I have my own ideas , but where do we go from here ?

Comment by merrytonestothebone on February 6, 2015 at 7:35am

So what took you so long?…Now that you came up the answer that I expected understand that because those 15 Large Bands define Panorama, they also define the fete on the Greens too…You say Small Bands are awful and the masses don't want to see or hear them?…Well in very much the same way the masses use the opportunity presented by the Large Bands to "ignore them" and fete the afternoon and night away…right in front they face…Tell me which is worse, Don't come to see or hear me or Turn yuh back and party hard while ah playin?…eh?...Look at the recent video posted right here again for confirmation…You could blame Small and Single Pan Bands till yuh hoarse…if anybody is at fault it is the "competition" organizers for not effectively managing Panorama over the years thus allowing it to explode into the free-forall that it is today….

Comment by Bugs on February 6, 2015 at 7:08am

To answer your question directly Merrytones, the answer is a resounding yes! We do need 10 out of 15 large bands in the final. From a marketing and musical standpoint those 10 bands pretty much define Panorama.

bugs 

Comment by merrytonestothebone on February 6, 2015 at 12:20am

….and also Bugs neither you nor Patrick have yet answered my question…ah waitin' still...

Comment by Bugs on February 6, 2015 at 12:18am

Val there is no need to suppress the small and single pan bands. You can't make the people want what they don't want. They are artificially propped up. Check the finals next week.

bugs

Comment by VALENTINE YOUNG on February 5, 2015 at 11:34pm

Bugs My Bro. With all due Respect This is one that I don't agree with You. The reason why I dis agree is Because Panorama and Steel Bands are our thing. We cant only cater for the Large Bands. We have the Best and most Pan and Pan Players in the Universe. All the Bands that take Part is one of the reason that We are the Mecca of the Steelband. We cant only feeds the Big Fishes ''aka'' Large Bands. Every body have to eat a food. Its very selfish to suppress the Smaller Bands. What we do in Trinidad for Panorama is  very Unique and should be applauded. Panorama brings a Certain Joy to Young and Old Players alike. I really believe that We should Continue with all the Steel bands that take Part. This is what makes us who We are.

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on February 5, 2015 at 9:00pm

Point well taken , Bugs.

Maybe also too many bands?

Trying to get a few panorama dollars?

This may also account for what I call the 'gypsy" panist phenomenon !

Comment by Bugs on February 5, 2015 at 8:06pm

Glennroy while you may have a point in terms of the spacing of the events, the truth is a lot of the small bands and single pan bands have no business in a competition. They were awful.

bugs

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on February 5, 2015 at 7:52pm

I do not think that the lack of support  at the semis has anything to do with the quality of the small and single pan portion of the competition.

The problem is spacing of events in a crowded carnival season.

People have to make choices as to how to spend their time and money , and if the two festivals are in consecutive days , it is obvious that most would choose to attend the Medium and large.

We seem to forget that the population sample that support all these carnival activities in Trinidad, financially and otherwise  is probably not that much more than the  population on Eastern Parkway on Labor day

Comment by merrytonestothebone on February 5, 2015 at 4:04pm

The doesn't answer my question Bugs...The fact that Patrick querried the 19 single Pan Finalists tells me that someone is paying attention…whether or not the "masses" come to hear us is then irrelevant…

Comment by Bugs on February 5, 2015 at 2:52pm

@Merrytones

Who do the people want to see and hear?

Who will the people pay to see?

Who do the people talk about after Panorama?

Any band that wants to enjoy the privileges of the large bands can simply enter that category.

On the other hand the small bands are not what the masses want to see.

Comment by merrytonestothebone on February 5, 2015 at 12:35pm

Do we really need 10 out of 15 Large Bands in a Final especially with no prelims too?

Comment by Lester Flax on February 5, 2015 at 12:02pm
Any video broadcasts scheduled?
Comment by patrick ramdoo on February 5, 2015 at 11:00am

Do we really need 19 single pan bands?? Fonclaire and Invaders, after the politics.

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