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Ian Franklin
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  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Revisiting - Journey to Desperadoes; Zanda's Untold Story
"JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA: Mr. Carlron "Zanda" Alexander is the only arranger to win for Desperadoes on his first panorama with the band. He is also the only arranger to place in the top-three for 5 consecutive years with Desperadoes."
Apr 20
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Chairman: Despers will always be Laventille band
"Desperadoes Steel Orchestra has missed only 4 of the 57 panorama finals from 1963 through 1978 and 1980 through 2020. They are the first to win 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 panoramas. The band has placed in the panorama top-three 27 times, {1 behind…"
Mar 11
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Complete Summary of Results of all Conventional Steel Orchestras - 2020 Trinidad & Tobago National Panorama
"JUST SOME PAN TRIVIA: PANORAMA 2020 IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE WINNERS OF THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES ARE FROM DIFFERENT ZONES.  There was a tie in SINGLE<>Marsicans and San Juan Eastside Symphony are both from the EAST…"
Mar 11
Ian Franklin commented on Pan Times's video
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Despers USA 1995 New York Champion Panorama Performance

"Is this the first skit at Brooklyn's Panorama?"
Feb 27
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Vanessa Headley arranges for 3 bands for Panorama 2020
"CONGRATULATIONS TO MS. VANESSA HEADLEY FOR BEING THE FIRST FEMALE TO ARRANGE FOR A BAND IN THE THREE CONVENTIONAL CATEGORIES AT PANORAMA 2020. IF LA BREA NIGHTENGALES MAKE THE FINALS, THAT WIL BE ANOTHER MILESTONE. Women is boss  "
Jan 10
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Prize Monies for the Single Pan Bands Finals will be distributed at the Panorama 2020 Small Conventional Semi-Finals
"DOES THAT MEAN THAT SMALL PANS FINALS MONIES WILL BE PAID ON FEBRUARY 9th?  "
Jan 10
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Trio wants to put Potential pan at top
"GOOD LUCK TO THE POTENTIAL STEEL ORCHESTRA. Who can forget that "2 wrist all yuh lego" in 1977 lol. Desperadoes was lucky to be half of a point above you all that year. With Carlan, Amrit and Kareem, the sky is the limit."
Jan 8
Ian Franklin replied to Russell Providence's discussion After 57 Years of Panorama...
"IS THE PRELIMINARIES A PAID ENTRY? lol. I do not mean to be funny, but is this true?"
Jan 7
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Panorama 2020 Confirmations - Arrangers & Tunes of Choice
"THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF DESPERADOES STEEL ORCHESTRA THAT THEIR  PANORAMA TUNE WAS CHOSEN WITHOUT FIRST LAYING OUT A VERSE AND CHORUS OF THE TUNE OR ANY OTHER TUNE.  EVEN WHEN ROBBIE DID HIS OWN TUNE, THE VERSE AND CHORUS…"
Jan 7
Ian Franklin is attending Pan Times's event
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Desperadoes -- Season Mix at 2-4 Victoria Avenue

December 14, 2019 from 7:30pm to 11:45pm
Performances by -- Myron B, Roadblock, Starlift - Phase II, DesperadoesSee More
Dec 14, 2019
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Lack of transparency - Pan in Pain
"THANKS FOR THE INFOMATION, BUT THE LEAD IN WILL TEND TO CAST FORCAST THIS PRESENT ADMINISTRATION. JUST SAYING "
Nov 17, 2019
Ian Franklin replied to Pan Times's discussion Congratulations - Vanessa Headley named 2020 Panorama arranger of La Brea Nightingales Steel Orchestra - large band category
"CONGRATULATIONS MISS VANESSA HEADLEY ON YOUR BECOMING THE FIRST FEMALE THAT IS SCHEDULED TO ARRANGE IN ALL 3 CONVENTIONAL CATEGORIES. I think the first female to arrange for panorama was Mrs. Majoire Wooding. Mrs. Merle Albino-De Coteau arranged for…"
Nov 10, 2019
Ian Franklin replied to London Gabriel's discussion List of Ny bands we no longer see in Panorama
"These are the winning arrangers: Belt, La Barrie, Leon, Lynch, Boogsie, Trevor, Borneo, Pro, Bradley, Panther, Sarge, Arddin, Popwell, Andre Duvone, Bj and Odie."
Sep 22, 2019
Ian Franklin commented on Ian Franklin's blog post THE 5 DECADES OF PANORAMA IN BROOKLYN
"Thanks Hazel John,                                  I just saw your comment on 9/15/19; I will email you now. Thanks Love Peace and Pan"
Sep 15, 2019
Ian Franklin and HAZEL JOHN are now friends
Sep 14, 2019
HAZEL JOHN commented on Ian Franklin's blog post THE 5 DECADES OF PANORAMA IN BROOKLYN
"I am so pleased to see that someone recorded and created BROOKLYN PANORAMA.  I have often thought about this part of our history.  My warmest congratulations!  Would love to obtain a copy of your published works. Please connect @…"
Sep 13, 2019

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If you like, go ahead and tell your fellow WST Ning members about yourself here
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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THE 5 DECADES OF PANORAMA IN BROOKLYN

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:

1972<>TROPICANS with DENZIL "Belt" BOTUS

1973<>PAN MASTERS with DAVE LA BARRIE

1974 Panorama was rained out

1975<>BROOKLYNAIRES with LEON STERLING

1976<>EXIBITS with ANTHONY LYNCH

1977<>MOODS with LEN "Boogsie" SHARPE

1978<>SATISFIERS with TREVOR KING

1979 and…

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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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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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