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Published on November 19th, 2013 | by Gary Cardinez - Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Codrington Family takes top prize

It is said that classical music was made to be played on the steelpan, but 19-year-old Keisha Codrington proved that local composers can stand up to any other if the execution of the song is almost flawless. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, at the Orchestra Finals of Pan Trinbago’s Pan is Beautiful XII Steelband Music Festival. The gifted composer’s song “The Pan With Love—Our Gift to the World” won in the Tune of Choice category.
That victory, coupled with second place in the Test Piece (Mr Pan Maker), gave the family band, The Codrington Pan Family, the first prize of $250,000. Led by their father Cary Codrington and mother Karen, on drums, the six members of the Codrington family and their friends gave the audience 12 minutes of exciting music—all local—to cop the title of Festival Winners.

Playing in position six of eight, The Codrington Pan Family executed the Keisha Codrington composition (adapted by Cary/Keisha and brother Khari) to the note, forcing the judges to give them 289 points out of a possible 300. They secured 288 points for their rendition of the Test Piece, one point behind Test Piece winners CAL Invaders. The figures show that the Codrington Pan Family increased their tally by 55 points from the preliminary round.

Playing in position eight at about 12.45 a.m. yesterday, CAL Invaders brought some life to the audience who had been in the Grand Stand since 7 p.m. Saturday. Invaders changed their Tune of Choice from “Zampa Overture” to “Overture to 1962” (Independence Day) composed by their musical director Arddin Herbert. Again reinforcing the point that local composers could stand up to the foreigners. They received 282 points for their Tune of Choice and 289 for their Test Piece, a well-performed Calypso tempo version of “Mr. Pan Maker”, conducted by Herbert, improving their tally by 58 points. Festival debutant NGC Couva Joylanders came in third with their rendition of a Kareem Brown/J Whitney/B Jackson/A Keshwar adaptation of Symphonic Suite from The Lord of the Rings—The Fellowship of the Ring.

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