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Published on March 1st, 2014 | by Gary Cardinez - Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Deltones’ $.35m second prize withheld

Claim of excessive players to be probed

Petrotrin Siparia Deltones went home yesterday morning without its $350,000 second place cheque because of a pending investigation into its performance at the Small Conventional Steel Orchestra Final at Skinner Park, San Fernando. It was just about 1.30 a.m. when Deltones came on stage but after the count, officials found the band had too many players. The maximum number of players in this category is 60. Officials said Deltones had over 70 players and there was a heated discussion between the band’s management and the Panorama officials. This went on for some time until it was agreed that all players should leave the stage and file in one at a time

Even after this was done the officials felt that more players had come into the band, more argument followed with harsh words and obscene language flowing on stage.  After half an hour, no Panorama official had counted in the band but at about 2 a.m. on cue from the house announcer the band started to play Carlton Zanda Alexander’s arrangement of “Play More Local”, thrilling the audience with sweet pan music. In their third year in the competition, SuperNovas Steel Orchestra took the title from Arima Golden Symphony. Under the leadership of Anthony Samaroo, Supernovas performed an Amrit Samaroo’s arrangement of “In D Minor” on pans tuned by Bertram Kellman and Desmond “Mappo” Richardson. The band also won the preliminary and semi-final stages of this competition.

A clean, clear sound of the national instrument filled the early morning air as the players in the band from Lopinot performed for the stipulated eight minutes with great confidence. When they were finished it was all over, bar the shouting. At exactly 1 a.m. Crescendos Musical started Curtis Edwards’s arrangement of “Spankin”; they played the piece with vigour and excitement and were placed third by the judges. Defending champions Arima Golden Symphony came in fourth with its performance of BJ Marcelle’s arrangement of “In D Minor””.

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