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So have we in 2019 reached that dreaded 'glass ceiling' where bands that are outside that 'big 5' sacred circle are thrown under the bus? The message that this sends to every other band is that no matter how hard you try, no matter how  proficiently, well-arranged and executed, no matter how 'top drawer' a performance, the answer will always be a resounding 'No'. Unless judges don't get overly swayed by popularity and/or fan enthusiasm, unless they dare to use objectivity and make independent choices, avoid pre-conceived ideas and focus on each actual performance, there's a good chance of losing some pools of absolute talent. Judges' decisions could have very far-reaching consequences, positive and negative. Judges should remember that they're watching the very best efforts that each band is bringing and their collective decisions can be literally a matter of life or death for some bands.

Judges, ALL the bands deserve your unbiased, independent and objective attention. The finals represent another opportunity to 'do the right thing'. Let's see that right thing done, please! 

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Comment by evan lobo on February 19, 2019 at 7:04am

 well has anyone realised that is the annual trek

 whoever wins  or loses there will always be grumbles

Comment by Mercer Ramdoo on February 19, 2019 at 6:00am

Are we willing to "do the right thing" or just accept it as it is and "enjoy the music"?  Back to the same 'old chestnut" ' we like it so'..

After the dust has settled on the Savannah Grass, critics and critiques will abound.

Comment by Mercer Ramdoo on February 19, 2019 at 5:51am

Excellent comment. Are all judges aware of stories that arrangers try to tell in their music?

I wonder how many judges listen to the music after prelims/ semis?

Comment by Randi Curvan on February 19, 2019 at 4:01am

Not this old chestnut again!

Point 1) All Trinibagonians have their favourite bands and arrangers. They can never be totally objective

2) Unless you stumble across someone who is musically knowledgeable and at the same time without allegiance then crapaud smoke yuh pipe.

3) Even if you can somehow manufacture a way of audience's being able to have their input, and even then it will be decided by who has the largest support base on the day;things will always be the same. 

You only have to look at People's Choice "winners"

4)  No one will ever agree to a panel of Foreigners judging the competition.

So people, learn to live with it. I have.

 I must say I enjoyed most of the performance's and it was apparent arrangers and pannist alike gave of their best.

Comment by Mercer Ramdoo on February 19, 2019 at 12:42am

Nothing to add/subtract. In a nutshell.. Judges, it seems, judge arrangers not arrangements.

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