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Published on February 8th, 2016 | by Jama


Despers, Pan Elders Panorama champs

THE entire Big Yard erupted with chaotic jubilation Carnival Saturday night as Desperadoes Steel Orchestra with its new arranger Carlton “Zanda” Alexander was declared 2016 National Panorama Large Band champion.

Despers beat SuperNovas by one point while Phase II Pan Groove came in third.

Desperadoes has the most Panorama wins in the history of the competition with 11 titles. The last time the band tasted victory was 16 years ago in 2000 with the late genius arranger Clive Bradley.

The big band played 5Star Akil’s “Different Me” and from the time “Zanda” ran onto the Queen’s Park Savannah stage the entire Grand Stand cheered the grey-haired musician and pan lovers knew Despers meant music. Talk about lavways from “Zanda”! His was an excellent piece of music.

Supernovas Steel Orchestra of Surrey Village, Lopinot playing Amrit Samaroo’s arrangement of “Breakthrough” is the “new classical All Stars.” This is the first year the band has competed in the Large Band category.

Samaroo really kept his passage for the final night.

Phase II Pan Groove of Hamilton Street, Woodbrook gave away another title by only playing seven minutes three seconds of the allotted eight minutes. In the semis the band only played six and a half minutes.

Phase II arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe got an excellent count with rising crescendos in the first and second change keys. Boogsie will regret not adding more spices into the mix.

Defending Panorama champion Massy Trinidad All Stars of Duke Street, Port of Spain placed sixth playing “Leave We Alone” arranged by Leon “Smooth” Edwards.  The band played too slow and paid the price.

In the Medium Band category, Pan Elders Steel Orchestra of Carib Street, San Fernando and arranger Duvone Stewart scored a hat-trick, copping the title by four points. Tobago bands Buccooneers and Petrotrin Katzenjammers placed second and third respectively.

Pan Elders played “Me Ent Fighting For No Man” arranged by Duvonne Stewart. Crackshot Stewart won from start to finish and intends to hold power. The band sounded powerful and should look to move up into the large band category.

Buccooneers of Chance Street, Buccoo, Tobago with arranger Sieon Gomez played “Bass on Fire” and nearly caught Pan Elders. “I swear, I win,” Gomez said.

The band played a couple rising crescendos and held the tempo throughout the song.

Katzenjammers of Courland Estate, Black Rock played “I Don’t Mind” arranged by Terrence “BJ” Marshall. The band had a wicked run in the first change key and a couple rising crescendos but they lost marks for playing too fast.

Tobago bands Steel Xplosion placed sixth with “Wanted Dead or Alive” arranged by Arddin Herbert.

Dixieland placed ninth playing “Soca Baptist” arranged by Leon “Smooth” Edwards and West Side Symphony placed tenth with “Dead or Alive” arranged by Mickiel Gabriel.

Another great pan show at the “Big Yard”.



1st  Desperadoes   “Different Me”   Carlton “Zanda” Alexander 285

2nd      SuperNovas   “Breakthrough”  Amrit Samaroo   284

3rd  Phase II Pan Groove  “Madd Music”   Len “Boogsie” Sharpe   283

3rd  Renegades   “Music Inside Meh Head” Duvone Stewart  283

5th  Invaders   “Take That”   Arddin Herbert   281

6th  Trinidad All Stars  “Leave We Alone”  Leon “Smooth” Edwards 280

7th  Silver Stars   “Panoramic”   Liam Teague    277

8th Redemption Sound Setters “No No We Eh Going Home” Micheal Toby   276

9th  Fonclaire   “Bass on Fire”   Ken “Professor” Philmore 272

10th  Skiffle    “How She Like It”  Marc Brooks/Kendall Williams/Odie Franklin 266


1.  Pan Elders   “Me Eh Fighting”   Duvone Stewart   275

2. Buccooneers   “Bass on Fire”   Seion Gomez    271

3. Katzenjammers  “I Don’t Mind”    “BJ” Marcelle    270

3. Sound Specialists of Laventille “The Ganges & The Nile”       Ken “Professor” Philmore  270

5. Couva Joylanders  “Come With It”   Kareem Brown   266

6. Curepe Scherzando  “Madness”  Yohan Popwell   265

6. Steel Xplosion  “Wanted Dead or Alive”  Arddin Herbert   265

8. Melodians   “Fete”     Amrit Samaroo  264

9. Dixieland   “Soca Baptist”    Leon “Smooth” Edwards 261

10. West Side Symphony “Dead or Alive”   Mickiel Gabriel    258


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