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Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Peter Ray Blood Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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It’s time for Savannah Party

It is the only competition on planet Earth that features over 2,000 musicians of percussive instruments on one stage. The eagerly awaited semifinals for large and medium conventional steel orchestras in the 2014 National Panorama takes place on Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, at noon. The large band category will field 15 steelbands and one of the day’s big attractions, apart from the pan music, will be a pool on The Greens. The 70-foot-long pool will be introduced by Pan Trinbago and the Pan Splash Posse

This week, Pan Trinbago secretary Richard Forteau assured: “Everything is ready and in place for this weekend. We actually begin on Saturday with the Single Band and Small Band semifinals, at noon, in the Big Yard. Because of our concern over these categories not attracting large audiences, we are allowing free admission to school students and the young people of orphanages to Saturday’s semifinals. This is Pan Trinbago’s effort to get the young people to hear and appreciate the music for the national instrument.”

The first official Panorama competition was held in 1963 and was won by Pan Am North Stars of St James, playing Anthony Williams’ arrangement of Sparrow’s Dan is the Man. In the final, ten bands faced the judges. Scoring 85 points, four less than North Stars, for second place was Sundowners, performing Harry and Mama, another Sparrow calypso. Securing third place was Desperadoes playing The Road by Lord Kitchener and scoring 84 points.

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