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Ian Franklin
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  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • United States
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Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Happening Now: Live on the Avenue II has begun to the sweet sound of the WITCO Desperados.& Skiffle
"I Just missed "This Melody is Sweet" which they first performed at the 2005 Republic Pan Fiesta (2) "Argentina" from 1999. (3) "I Don't Mind" arranged by Andre Robley (4) "A Different Me""
Jun 10
Ian Franklin replied to waynerahamut's discussion Lennox Bobby Mohammed 75th Birthday Celebration tomorrow!
"Thanks Claude Gonzales, since I am now on facebook, I seem to be neglecting WST (lol) Mr. Mohamed was a genius. He arranged "Carmen" in 1966, by merely listening to the recording. He said he never learned to read music. He has also…"
Jun 2
Ian Franklin replied to waynerahamut's discussion Lennox Bobby Mohammed 75th Birthday Celebration tomorrow!
"Yes man! Happy LXXV Mr. Lennox "Bobby" Mohamed. Would you all believe that although the National Panorama Finals were held at Skinner Park, San Fernando in 2007 & 2008, PanTrinbago did not acknowledge Mr. Mohamed who is a native of San…"
Jun 1
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Happy Birthday to Glenda Gamory - President of Pantonic Steel Orchestra - May 10
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLENDA FORD, MY FELLOW LAVENTILLIAN AND TAURUS BORN."
May 11
Ian Franklin liked Aquil's discussion How can anyone claim that they love this Instrument so much that they would feel happy to mash it up for their own self benefit?
May 10
Ian Franklin replied to earl richards's discussion Whoever are the new executives of Pantrinbago in 2019, They should take a page from All Stars Book and promote their own Carnival Steelband Fetes.
"I do not think anyone excluded pans from dances at carnival time, economics did. Steel Orchestras have to be their own promoters throughout the year. What will be nice is that the Steel Orchestras learn about 5 pieces and entertain the crowd at its…"
May 9
Ian Franklin commented on Ian Franklin's blog post These 7 have played with a large winning panorama band and later became a winning arranger
"Thanks Cynthia, My error. He who steals my purse steals trash, but he who steals my name, steal my dignity. (lol) His name is spelt correctly in my books though. (lol)"
Apr 12
Cynthia M. Birch commented on Ian Franklin's blog post These 7 have played with a large winning panorama band and later became a winning arranger
"I am sure you mean STEVE ACHAIBA."
Apr 12
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These 7 have played with a large winning panorama band and later became a winning arranger

At Panorama 1965, Steve Achaiva was a panist with Cavaliers andin 1975, he arranged for Hatters.At Panorama 1969, Herschel Puckerin, Len Sharpe and Pelham Goddard were all panists with Starlift.In 1978, Herschel arranged for Starlift, in 1987, Len arranged for Phase II and Pelham arranged for Exodus in 1992.In 1973, Leon Edwards was a panist with All Stars and in 1980 arranged for them.In 1966 and 1970 Robert Greenidge was a panist with Desperadoes and in 1991 he arranged for them.Duvone…See More
Apr 12
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Borde rolls out new pan pal
"Nice innovation Emile Borde. "ALL AH WE AZ 1" (lol)"
Apr 1
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Meet Israel McLeod - Trinidad & Tobago
"Good interview as always Amanda Israel McLeod. I had not seen this until 3/20/18  I would not have recognize that photo as being you though. (lol) I am very happy that you are with the band presently.   "
Mar 20
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of Ralph Davis on his passing
"Rest in peace Ralph "Cardinal" Davis. I can see him now bumping behind his second pan in the early 1960's before he moved onto the double tenor. He and Denzil "Belt" Botus were the band's first double tenor men. I…"
Mar 16
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Skiffle - Hello - Panorama Finals 2018 Trinidad Live - panorama Second place 2018

"Congratulations to the American Trio and the players for their accomplishment at Panorama 2018. However, not many know that it was Mr. Junia Regrello who "threw caution to the wind" insisting that the band's prior tune of choice must…"
Mar 10
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Amoco Renegades - Pan In Ah Rage

"Also, after the results of this 1996 finals performance by Renegades; they tied Desperadoes for the most wins at 8. "
Mar 10
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Mar 10
Ian Franklin replied to Aquil's discussion CHEERS TO OUR PANIST.
"Thanks Aquil. Did we all enter panorama 2018 without knowing of the "FINANCIAL BENEFITS?""
Mar 8

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I am a proud product of Laventille. After family responsibilities my next love is for the National Instrument of T&T, and I hope that all of us will respect the instrument, and not abuse it. I,E, do not place chromed pans on the ground. I have penned 6 compilations: "400 Questions & Answers on Pan from 1960 to Present" "Crossword Puzzles of Trinidad & Tobago"
"Some multiplication made easy in T&T" "Trinbaku is my Sudoku in T&T" "Panorama Finals 1963 to Present" "Desperadoes<>Rudolph Charles and Beyond" My E Mail is, laventl@aol.com: Phone (754)779-7547:T&T (868)624-9317

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These 7 have played with a large winning panorama band and later became a winning arranger

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 9:56am 2 Comments

At Panorama 1965, Steve Achaiva was a panist with Cavaliers and

in 1975, he arranged for Hatters.

At Panorama 1969, Herschel Puckerin, Len Sharpe and Pelham Goddard were all panists with Starlift.

In 1978, Herschel arranged for Starlift, in 1987, Len arranged for Phase II and Pelham arranged for Exodus in 1992.

In 1973, Leon Edwards was a panist with All Stars and in 1980 arranged for them.

In 1966 and 1970 Robert Greenidge was a…

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LOOKING BACK AT PANORAMA 2018

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 9:11pm 0 Comments

(1) Skiffle changed their tune 6 days before the prelims and still placed in the top-three.

(2) St. Margaret Boys' won the Primary Schools Panorama for the 1th time since 2004.

(3) Renegades Youths with arranger Andrew Charles won their 5th  consecutive Junior Panorama for a total of 11 wins since 2002.

(4) St. Francois Girls College with arrangements from Rorry Aleong won the High Schools Panorama for the sixth time in eight years. They now share the lead with St.…

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JUST SOME STATISTICAL PANORAMA TRIVIA!

Posted on August 22, 2017 at 8:55am 0 Comments

ON 4 OCCASIONS STEEL ORCHESTRA/ARRANGER HAS SCORED 97% OR HIGHER AT A PANORAMA FINAL.

(a) List the respective orchestras/arrangers

(b) List the years

(c) List the tunes

(d) List each placement, i.e 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.

(e) List the respective points scored

JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA!

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 6:17pm 4 Comments

(1) FROM 1973 THROUGH 2015, TUNES WITH PAN AS PART OF THE NAME HAVE BEEN PERFORMED 66 TIMES AT CONVENTIONAL PANORAMA FINALS.

(2) BANDS HAVE WON MORE PERFORMING AT POSITION #1 AT PANORAMA THAN POSITIONS 2, 3, 7, 11, 12 and 13.

(3) OUT OF THE 54 YEARS OF PANORAMA FINALS, ONLY 3 YEARS STEEL ORCHESTRA PERFORMED A DIFFERENT TUNE. THE YEARS ARE 2006, 2015 and 2016.

(4) RAY HOLMAN and DESPERADOES ARE THE ONLY NAMES THAT WERE PANORAMA FINALISTS IN 1960'S, 1970'S, 1980'S, 1990'S,…

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JUST SOME MORE PAN TRIVIA!

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 7:27pm 0 Comments

THESE ARE THE GROSSED EARNINGS IN MILLIONS FROM 2007 THROUGH 2017 FOR THE LEADING 6 STEEL ORCHESTRAS AT PANORAMA FINALS.

ALL STARS          9.9

PHASE II              8.I

SILVER STARS    6.9

RENEGADES       5.9

DESPERADOES  5.8

EXODUS              5.3

WHO DO YOU THINK IS #7?

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At 6:43pm on August 26, 2017, philmore moses said…

I'd like to know about the band Tornado from Point?

At 9:10pm on September 6, 2016, Sheldon C Brown said…
Brother Franklin good day and I hope all is well with you
Recently i was in a discussion with the guys and the point of weather or not there was a band named boys town from point cumana that won the steel band music festival on two occasions,after much deliberations we could not decided on the facts so I thought of you to bring some clarity to the situation.this should not be a brainteaser for a man of your ability
By the way I'm the guy who was collecting the signatures in point on borough day this year
At 10:47am on September 27, 2014, Tanty Pearl said…

No. Belmont Valley Road

At 1:27am on April 2, 2014, Marcus Ash said…

Nice to know. Hope Florida is treating you well. Yes I read about my uncle tash in one of your books. On that note of books, I need a list of what books you have. I wanna get some for my personal collection so let me know what you have and the price :-D

At 8:35pm on April 1, 2014, Marcus Ash said…

LOL thanks Ian. Hope all is well on your side 

At 7:56pm on March 11, 2014, Glenroy R Joseph said…

Unfortunately, I was unaware of the show, Ian.

I'll try to tune in to it

At 1:58pm on October 20, 2013, FOY BARNES said…

Hi Ian, good to hear from you. I reached out to you a few weeks ago as I was going down to Ft,Lauderdale on a job interview. I was recruited by some headhunter about an architectural position. I did get the job so I will be relocating to Ft. Lauderdale in a few weeks. Hopefully we will hook-up some time.

At 9:59pm on September 4, 2013, Annette Agarrat-Beckles said…
Ian, This is the correct name of the publication, if you are interested in purchasing it. Annette

"Golden Anniversary of Panorama" is the latest publication of Pan Trinbago Inc TC.
At 9:16pm on April 29, 2013, Gordon said…

Ian,

Gordon from New York. Unfortunately my phone was stolen so I lost all your information. I am still very much interested in that book

At 8:47am on April 29, 2013, paddy corea said…

BIG UP IAN.  BRUTE FORCE (Antigua) had the record (earliest) untiL THIS. NICE WORK.  I need to contact HEADS. Ask  him  to call me re the TRIPPLE CELLO.  PADDY COREA Dspers USA

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