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Published on February 20th, 2014 | by Joan Rampersad - TandT Newsday Newspapers

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Bring it on

Having topped the semi-final round of competition for large bands in 2014 Panorama at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain on Sunday, Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars is ready to take on its main challengers, all of which have won the steelpan championship many times. “There are four bands that have won Panorama multiple times before and are within striking distance. So all I can say is, bring it on,” All Stars’ arranger Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards declared yesterday.  However, he sent kudos to all other finalists, as well as his band, stating hard work always pays off and he was glad All Stars was able to reap what they had sown.

All Stars led the semis with its performance of “Excitement”, written by Clive Telemaque and sung by Shirlane Hendrickson, earning 274 points, while placing second was Republic Bank Exodus which garnered 271 points with their Pelham Goddard arrangement of his song “Pan Is Carnival”, co-written by Alvin Daniell and sung by Roderick “Chucky” Gordon.  “I thought we may have been in front but we have to work now to pass the front band. Therefore my focus is on the final night,” Goddard told Newsday.

Arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe felt happy for the two bands he worked for in the large and medium band categories: Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove and Petrotrin Katzenjammers. Coincidentally both bands placed third.  Phase II Pan Groove, the defending large band champs, tied with bp Renegades and Witco Desperadoes, after playing “Jump High”, written by Sharpe and Nigel Rojas and sung by Destra Garcia. Renegades performed De Fosto’s (Winston Scarborough) “In De Minor” and Desperadoes did Superblue’s (Austin Lyons) “Spankin”. The bands all scored 263 points.

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