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Published on February 27th, 2014 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Skiffle Bunch enters Panorama finals without sponsorship

For the first time in 38 years, the Skiffle Bunch steelband will be entering the Panorama finals without a sponsor.  Skiffle, one of two San Fernando bands in the large band category, placed eighth in last Sunday’s semi-finals, with a Ray Holman arrangement of Chucky’s The Wedding.

The other, NCLB Fonclaire, which is hoping to bring home the Panorama title to the south with its Ken “Professor” Philmore arrangement of Anslem Douglas’s Big in D Dance, placed ninth.  Skiffle’s CEO Junia Regrello said there is a reluctance on the part of corporate T&T to sponsor steelbands, especially those from the south. He said companies are opting to partner with soca artistes and high-profile activities and events from which they can get maximum publicity.

Contractor Junior Sammy Ltd came on board with Skiffle in 2012 after financial woes crippled the band’s longstanding partner Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) just before Panorama that year. Junior Sammy parted ways with the Coffee Street ensemble after the 2013 Panorama finals, where the band placed fifth. However, Regrello said the band was going full speed ahead with a very positive outlook.  “I want to take the opportunity to thank Junior Sammy, who came on board to rescue us for Carnival 2012 and stayed on for a year. It was not a full sponsor, it was a contractor helping us to get back on our feet, and because of their contribution we were able to make it to the finals,” Regrello said,

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