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August 2015 Blog Posts (5)

LARGE BANDS :

I agree with Patrice that people  are not interested in the small bands. Keep the

Small Bands and Pan Around the Neck competition in August at the Savannah so they will have their own patrons and more interest will be given to them.

Go back to the Large and medium bands as before for Carnival. Why? The stands are always almost empty even in the big band competition because you…

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Added by Francescoli on August 17, 2015 at 11:03pm — No Comments

TRINIDAD ALL STARS is the BEST STEEL BAND in the WORLD!

For those of us who believe that God corrects human mistakes, this victory for Trinidad All Stars is nothing short of justice served. Panorama 1987 is often referred to as the bench-mark moment that the people knew the judges were fallible when they placed All Stars 'Curry Tabanca' in 4th place. It is regarded as a sin against the very culture of Trinbago. Although we still bare the scar of that injustice, we can now wear it with pride as we have lived to see that masterpiece and the…

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Added by WOPAN on August 11, 2015 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Query and Suggestion

Congratulations to Pan Trinbago for actually bringing off  the International Conference and Panorama.  I have a query and suggestion. First the suggestion: I think form now on all Panorama bands should consist of  no more than 60 players. This would be one sure way of allowing available pannists to be spread around for all steelbands. Now my query. How come Keith Diaz could boast on radio that we in Trinidad and Tobago are the only people in the world that can have their national anthem…

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Added by Patrice Lumumba on August 10, 2015 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Bad Habits

Knocking on the rim or skirt of the steelpan to get the attention of players and or count to begin a song is a habit I would like to see discontinued. I do not allow anyone to do this to my pans and I do not do it to others. I do not see conductors nor arrangers of other instruments doing this. I believe it is time to eradicate this habit as it is very annoying and unprofessional. Let us set high standards for our young steelpan musicians and teach them how to care for our National…

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Added by Wayne Serrio on August 10, 2015 at 12:16pm — 14 Comments

My format for playing positions at the 2015 International Panorama

I was concerned that if the format for the bands playing positions was the same as the Trinidad Panorama, and all the top guns picked in the first 10.  Well, that would not happen at the 2015 ICP Panorama.

I heard on radio that the bands would be grouped,                              so I am hoping for the following or similar 6-group format.

All Stars<>United States<>Canada<>Steel Explosion

Phase II<>United States<>Canada<>Super…

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Added by Ian Franklin on August 5, 2015 at 12:43am — 1 Comment

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