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Published on January 17th, 2016 | by TandT Newsday Newspapers

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Pan storm at Arima Velodrome

The National Panorama competition for conventional steel orchestras got going at Arima Velodrome, Hollis Avenue, Arima on Friday evening and pan music lovers got a treat. The small and medium bands had their chance to excite the judges as they look for a place in the semi-final this weekend. The competition started at 6.30 pm and ran for about seven hours with some very good arrangements by the young arrangers thereby bringing this year’s Panorama theme of “Excitement and Excellence” to the fore.

Playing in position number five, Arima Golden Symphony provided patrons with seven minutes and 42 seconds of excitement as they played Terrence “BJ” Marcelle’s arrangement of De Fosto’s “D Greatest Invention”.  Potential Symphony also left their mark as they played “Nostalgia” as composed and arranged by Carlan Harewood.  Arranger Yohan Popwell’s name appeared twice on the programme, once in each category and he made full use of his opportunities, first with Fascinators Pan Symphony (small) as they played Machel Montano’s Road March winner “Like A Boss” and then again with Curepe Scherzando (medium) as they played David Rudder’s “Madness”.

It truly was madness in the Velodrome at 1.20 am and the audience loudly applauded the performance.  LH Pan Groove also raised eyebrows with their rendition of the Godwin Bowen classic “Raising Dust” arranged by Kion Robertson.  Arranger Ken “Professor” Philmore was in a different mood and his arrangement of “Mash It Up” was performed slowly and sweetly by the players from Moods.  The names Erwin Louis and Christopher Coward might be new to some but that did not stop them from arranging Merchant’s “Pan in Danger” into a work of art. For seven minutes and fifty seconds the song became a musical masterpiece all over again.  And then there was Nu Tones, the 1998 Panorama winner in the large band category then under the guidance of master arranger Clive Bradley.  Nu Tones appearing in the small band category could be viewed as a fall from grace but with young Marlon White as arranger the band looks like they are heading to winners row again.  Their performance of David Rudder’s “Dust in Dey Face” was superb, with six six-bass and one nine-bass, the bass lines were rumbling.  White used up the eight minutes allotted to the band to great appeal.

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