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Ian Franklin
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  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Crossfire (1947) - Crossfire Steel Orchestra

"So Crossfire was formed in the late 1940's!  Anyone knows when Tripoli was formed? Talking about Crossfire and Tripoli, both bands won The Independence Steel Band Music Festival in 1963 and 1965 respectively."
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Great Panorama Moments -- Amoco Renegades - Rant And Rave - Panorama Finals 1991

"I remember watching this 1991 Renegades performance on VHS and later a member of renegades was asked why the band removed its canopies. I cannot quote the exact answer the member gave, but he said something about sound bouncing back and causing…"
Sunday
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Watch Live stream -- NIU Steelband, All-University Steelband, Steel Pan Studio, & CSA Steelband
"I enjoyed this concert, good job"
Nov 11
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Live -- Pan Trinbago Elections 2018 - Drama, Passion, High Emotions
"At this time 3:38 pm, could we get some more updates, please!"
Oct 28
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Live -- Pan Trinbago Elections 2018 - Drama, Passion, High Emotions
"Who is the gentleman that is claiming that he is left out of the voting process?"
Oct 28
Ian Franklin replied to michael wong's discussion KIM LOY WONG tuner & panist has passed...
"Condolences to the family and friends on the passing of Mr. Kim Loy Wong. I was told that Kim should have been credited for introducing the "oval shaped inner" notes. It has been alleged that another tuner came to his facility in Harlem,…"
Oct 17
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Despers USA Takes 2018 New York Panorama Championship After Twenty Years - with Champion Arranger Odie Franklin
"Thanks Pan Times and congratulations to all 7 participants. No comparisons, just coincidental: (1) Duvone Stewart and Odie Franklin were players when their respective entities won for the 9th time. (2) Going back to the "19th Century"…"
Sep 13
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BIG5 Pan Concert September 22nd, 2018

"Good luck to the Big 5 2018 concert. Anyone knows if "Pay Per View" is in place. My opinion, too much free pan."
Sep 13
Ian Franklin replied to Aquil's discussion Junior Regrello, selfish and self serving or a shining light for pan, the PNM, and the city of San Fernando.
"Thanks Aquil, I think that Junia Regrello has also offered work to more different arrangers than any other manager and has sourced the most Sponsors."
Sep 12
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Despers USA Steel Orchestra - “Year For Love” – (‘Cool Down’ version)

"I heard that Despers USA finished its tune the Friday before the Saturday night performance, so I am wondering what is the date of this recording. I can hear that the introduction was altered about 90% and some parts of this recording did not make…"
Sep 5
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Congratulations to Despers USA - New York 2018 Panorama Champions
"Dear Pan Times, My sister just called and told me about your disagreement with statement. I do not know everything, but one thing I know is the history of Despers USA. We formed in 1975, entered our first Brooklyn panorama in 1977, placing 8th with…"
Sep 4
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Congratulations to Despers USA - New York 2018 Panorama Champions
"CONGRATULATIONS TO DESPERS USA ON ITS WIN AT BROOKLYN'S PANORAMA 2018.  THE BAND IS NOW TIED WITH SONATAS FOR THE MOST BROOKLYN VICTORIES WITH 10 EACH..  DESPERS USA WAS ON A 20 YEAR DROUGHT, ITS LAST WIN WAS IN 1998 ENDING A 6…"
Sep 2
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion The legendary Ellie Mannette has passed
"CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON THE PASSING OF DR. ELLIOT "ELLIE" MANNETTE."
Aug 29
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion The Steel Drum Grinch Of Crown Heights Is Back On The Scene
"Claude Gonzales, I cannot help it man (lol)"
Aug 25
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion The Steel Drum Grinch Of Crown Heights Is Back On The Scene
"I HATE TO SAY THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, BUT THE NEW YORK STEEL ORCHESTRAS THAT  WERE FORMED UP TO THE 1990'S, SHOULD HAVE BEEN OWNERS OF SOME OF THOSE SAME TODAY'S MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROPERTY."
Aug 24
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

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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 1 Comment

(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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