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Ian Franklin replied to Andy's discussion 2023 Large Band Finals Results
"First time in the history of large Panorama the 1st and 2nd finishers played retro tunes. Also the leaders of the 1st place band, 2nd, 3rd and 4th are females as is the winners of the Medium and Small bands"
Mar 19
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Condolences to steelpan historian and author Ian Franklin
"Thanks When Steel Talks. I am now seeing this after 2 years. One Love"
Dec 21, 2022
Ian Franklin commented on Ian Franklin's blog post INFORMATION NEEDED!
"Thanks Clifton"
Apr 11, 2022
hollis clifton commented on Ian Franklin's blog post INFORMATION NEEDED!
"Sorry Ian I am not in a position to provide this information."
Apr 10, 2022
Ian Franklin posted a blog post


Hello Pan Diaspora,I need info for Casablanca, Wonderland, San Juan All Stars, Sputnik, Kintups and Am Boys.  Do you know what was their tunes of choice and arrangers for the 1960's panorama.Thanks. See More
Apr 10, 2022
Ian Franklin replied to Aquil's discussion Congrats to PanDe All Stars for winning the 2022 Jam Yeh Set! In De Rama steelpan Competition.
Apr 10, 2022
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Order of Appearance - 28 Bands In Pan In De Sancoche on Saturday at the QPS
Feb 16, 2022
Ian Franklin liked Pan Times's event The Homegoing for Wayne "Bumpy" Inniss
Feb 11, 2022
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"I am a proud product of Laventille!"
Feb 11, 2022
Ian Franklin left a comment for dorrick nurse
"I lived in NY from 1967 to 1979 and became a member of Despers USA in 1976.  We entered our first Brooklyn Panorama in 1977 placing 8th. We changed the name of Despers USA to Metropolitan Steel Ensemble in 1978; and I suggested why not…"
Feb 6, 2022
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Mas’ man Russell Anselm Charter dies at 87 - made history for the Silver Stars Steel Orchestra as the first Steelband to ever earn "Band of the Year" and "People's Choice Award" in 1963
"My condolences to family and friends on the passing of Mr. Russell Charter.  I always wondered if he was a member of the Silver Stars entity in 1963, or merely a Mas Creator who used the band to supply music. I met him at Silver Stars'…"
Jan 26, 2022
Ian Franklin replied to Claude Gonzales's discussion Starlift rebrands as Proman Starlift Steel Orchestra
"So at the next Panorama Starlift will be picking in the "P" alphabet lol. "
Jan 26, 2022
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Gillian Nathaniel-Balintulo, a gift of musical joy
"Mrs. Gillian Nathaniel-Balintulo's arrangement and conducting of All Stars' Tune of Choice, Ca9ricio Italian" at the1988 9an Is Beautiful Classical Com9etition, is one of the best 9ieces 9erformed on The National Instrument of…"
Nov 13, 2021
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Live stream! Panache's Pan In The Pandemic : A Virtual Panorama Competition
Aug 12, 2021
Ian Franklin commented on Pan Times's event A Live Chat With Natasha Joseph - AGENDR
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Aug 10, 2021
Ian Franklin is attending Pan Times's event

A Live Chat With Natasha Joseph - AGENDR at Agendr

August 13, 2021 from 5pm to 7pm
Join us for our first Facebook live chat this Friday 13th with arranger, composer and producer, Natasha Joseph @dpanwoman at 5pm.What’s on the AGENDR is a new interactive session with leading and upcoming womxn in the audio and AV industry.Get to know more about Natasha and her journey to becoming an ambassador for the Steelpan and learn more about various careers in the…See More
Aug 10, 2021

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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"
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Posted on April 10, 2022 at 1:14pm 2 Comments

Hello Pan Diaspora,

I need info for Casablanca, Wonderland, San Juan All Stars, Sputnik, Kintups and Am Boys.  Do you know what was their tunes of choice and arrangers for the 1960's panorama.



Posted on September 3, 2019 at 7:40pm 2 Comments

The first Panorama in Brooklyn was held in 1972, and on August 31st, 2019 was the 45th in the 5 decades. The winning arrangers & bands:



1974 Panorama was rained out



1977<>MOODS with LEN "Boogsie" SHARPE


1979 and…


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…



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.…



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


(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

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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…


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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