Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
I think that Panorama Format should be changed. Instead of having the Finals for Medium & Large Bands which is too long and drawn out. They should allow only Large Bands who will Play Two  Pieces like how it is done in the Festival. Tune of Choice and a Test Piece Calypso Piece for like six minutes, it will save a lot of time. Judge both pieces and add both scores and the highest score become Panorama Champion..
Why 2 pieces? judge the 10 bands with I tune and let people go home.
Val, Can the tune of choice be any type of tune? If so, Claude Boy would stand a chance (Andy) but if the Tune of Choice is not a Calypso then you will be killing Our Kinda Music, Panorama have to be Our kinda Music. We are Trinidadians with a Melodic accent and we have Rhythm
I agree with you that it is too musically long and gets boring after some time but I also think that Panorama is more than a musical event. Panorama is a lime, a festival, a gathering, a place where people meet and share music, pan, rum, old talk. It's also almost the only place where panmen and panwomen gather in large groups and bask in the warmth and admiration of the public. Because of this I don't see it changing much soon. Not until other equally successful ways of exposing the pan are devised.
I also think one song is enough and that it should be a calypso from the year in question.
Good question, thanks for bringing it up
hear hear Sue-Ann, ITA with everything you said.
"let people go home"-? seriously? what the hell? like they just wanna hurryup and play and leave? I don't THINK so.
ok well anyone who wants to go home, go then. no bodda come. The rest of us WANT to spend the entire day hearing the bands play - ALL the bands - medium and large. This is the ONE time of year we can eat, sleep, and breathe pan 24/7 ... I don't care HOW long it goes, i am never bored, i LOVE hearing 6 different arrangements of the same tune, i adore hearing what the various arrangers can do. I love the all-day lime, the food, the crowd, the cacaphony of thousands of pans all around .... I am ALL ABOUT these two days per year we can lime, drink, dance, and eat pan ... and exhaust weself with an overload of glorious music.
anyone who wants to 'go home' should just stay there, and let the rest of us enjoy and revel in the pan overload - we only get it two days a year anymore.... now folks wanna make THAT little bit even less? and call it "progress"? errrr, not in my book.
I see you picked up on "let people go home" after mid-nite people get tired and the majority start going home, if you doubt me ask the Fonclaire people, for the last two years when they played both stands was practically empty.
Catt, it is four o'clock
In the morning
Catt, here the neighbor cock
How it crowing
Cecil, leggo meh damn han
I eh going home
So just leave me alone
Ah tell yuh I eh ready yet
Ah now begin to fete
Ah having ah good time
Doh break up the lime
Go way Go way
I intend to say
Preach Paul -- Catt eh going home at all!!!
Panorama format is good as it is, one song is fine and I agree with David, Panorama is more than a musical even. I love everything about it, I call it the "Greatest show on Earth" Bands all over the Savannah practicing, food, drinks...etc. sharing, one big picnic. Tragically they took away an important part, where fans had a chance to chip down the drag-strip with their band is no more. they all pull their pans straight to the stage.
Let all the Large bands play first is all they need to do.
Cecil you are a wicked man. lol -- But seriously if those other categories want respect they need follow in Silver Stars footsteps - move up to the next class and kick ass. If you can't do that then what are you complaining about?