Trinidad Steel Band Panorama 1963 to 2012

Trinidad Steel Band Panorama 1963 to 2012

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Trinidad Steel Band Panorama 1963 to 2012
Panorama was first held in Antigua in 1949 and won by Hell’s Gate Orchestra. The first Trinidad Panorama was first held during Carnival celebrations in 1963. A popular Calypso is arranged into a piece for steelpan orchestra with introductions and variations over the theme.

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1963 North Stars Dan Is the Man Mighty Sparrow Anthony Williams
1964 North Stars Mama Dis Is Mas Lord Kitchener Anthony Williams
1965 Cavaliers Melody Mas Lord Melody Bobby Mohammed
1966 Desperadoes Obeah Wedding Mighty Sparrow Beverly Griffith
1967 Cavaliers Sixty-Seven Lord Kitchener Bobby Mohammed
1968 Harmonites Wrecker Lord Kitchener Earl Rodney
1969 Starlift Bull Lord Kitchener Ray Holman
1970 Desperadoes Margie Lord Kitchener Clive Bradley
1971 Harmonites Play Mas Lord Kitchener Earl Rodney
1972 Harmonites St. Thomas Girl Lord Kitchener Earl Rodney
1973 Trinidad All Stars Rainorama Lord Kitchener Rudy Wells
1974 Harmonites Jericho Lord Kitchener Rupert Mark
1975 Hatters Tribute to Spree Simon Lord Kitchener Steve Achaiba
1976 Desperadoes Pan In Harmony Lord Kitchener Clive Bradley
1977 Desperadoes Crawford Lord Kitchener Clive Bradley
1978 Starlift Du Du Yemi Winston Devine Herschel Puckerin
1979 no competition
1980 Trinidad All Stars Woman on the Bass Scrunter Leon “Smooth” Edwards
1981 Trinidad All Stars Unknown Band Blue Boy Leon “Smooth” Edwards
1982 Renegades Pan Explosion Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1983 Desperadoes Rebecca Blue Boy Clive Bradley
1984 Renegades Sweet Pan Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1985 Renegades Pan Night and Day Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1985 Desperadoes Pan Night and Day Lord Kitchener Beverly Griffith
1986 Trinidad All Stars The Hammer David Rudder Leon “Smooth” Edwards
1987 Phase II Pan Groove This Feelin’ Nice Len “Boogsie” Sharpe Len “Boogsie” Sharpe
1988 Phase II Pan Groove Woman is Boss Len “Boogsie” Sharpe Len “Boogsie” Sharpe
1989 Renegades Somebody Winsford ” Baron” Devine Jit Samaroo
1990 Renegades Iron Man Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1991 Desperadoes Musical Volcano Robert Greenidge Robert Greenidge
1992 Exodus Savannah Party Pelham Goddard Pelham Goddard/Desmond Waithe
1993 Renegades Mystery Band Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1994 Desperadoes Fire Coming Down Robert Greenidge Robert Greenidge
1995 Renegades Four Lara Four Merchant/DeFosto Jit Samaroo
1996 Renegades Pan in a Rage Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1997 Renegades Guitar Pan Lord Kitchener Jit Samaroo
1998 Nutones High Mas David Rudder Clive Bradley
1999 Desperadoes In My House Emanuel Synette Clive Bradley
2000 Desperadoes Picture on My Wall Emanuel Synette Clive Bradley
2001 Exodus Happy Song Pelham Goddard Pelham Goddard
2002 Trinidad All Stars Fire Storm DeFosto Leon “Smooth” Edwards
2003 Exodus Pandora DeFosto Pelham Goddard
2004 Exodus War DeFosto Pelham Goddard
2005 Phase II Pan Groove Trini Gone Wild Len “Boogsie” Sharpe Len “Boogsie” Sharpe
2006 Phase II Pan Groove This One’s 4u Bradley Len “Boogsie” Sharpe Len “Boogsie” Sharpe
2007 Trinidad All Stars Pan Lamentation DeFosto Leon “Smooth” Edwards
2008 Phase II Pan Groove Musical Vengeance Gregory Ballantyne Len “Boogsie” Sharpe
2009 Silver Stars First in de Line Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell Edwin Pouchet
2010 Silver Stars Battle Zone Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell Edwin Pouchet
2011 Trinidad All Stars It’s Showtime Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell Leon “Smooth” Edwards
2012 Trinidad All Stars Play Yourself Clive Telemaque Leon “Smooth” Edwards

Mama dis is Mas 1964


Obeah Wedding Despers 1966


Guiness Cavaliers -Kitchener’s “Sixty Seven”1967

Solo Harmonites Steel Orchestra The Wrecker 1968


Starlift the Bull 1969

Desperadoes Steel Orchestra Margie 1970


Play Mas Solo Harmonites 1971


Harmonites – St Thomas Girl1972

Solo Harmonites Jericho 1974


Hatters Tribute to  Spree 1975


Despers Pan In Harmony 1976


Despers Crawford 1977


Starlift Du Du Yemi 1978


Trinidad Allstars Woman on de Bass 1980


Trinidad Allstars Uknown Band 1981


Renegades Pan Explosion 1982


Despers Rebecca 1983


Renegades Sweet Pan 1984


Renegades Pan Night & Day 1985


Despers Pan Night & Day 1985


The Hammer Despers 1986


Phase 2 Pangroove Dis Feeling Nice 1987


Phase 2 Pangroove Woman is Boss 1988


Renegades Somebody 1989


Renegades Iron Man 1990


Renegades Mystery Band 1993


Renegades Guitar Pan 1997


Every panwomans or panmans dream, is for their band to play at the Panorama Steelband Competition and win.

The Panorama Finals, held each year, always on the Saturday night prior to Carnival Monday, is the event that all ‘pan’ lovers never miss. This is the time that ‘pan’ people, stranded in foreign lands, have a sinking whole-body pang of homesickness. They can’t turn on a radio to hear, or a TV to see, what is broadcast only on the local stations. But thankfully, even this is changing albeit very slowly. The finals of the event are held in the evening at the Grand Stand, Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain in Trinidad.

Steel Drum Steel Band Steeldrum steelpan Caribbean steelasophical 0000000The Panorama Steelband Competition, initiated in 1963; was not the first steelband competition to be organised, nor is it the only steelband competition held in these islands, but it became and is, the Premiere steelband event of the year. As Trinidad gained Independence on August 31st 1962, the Nations first Prime Minister, the inimitable Dr ‘Doc’ Eric Williams who was steadfastly and conspicuously fond of cultural events and their promotion, (He was also steadfastly and conspicuously fond of Broadway Extra cigarettes that finally keeled him over), was probably instrumental, together with his government, in sponsoring a National Steelband Competition to mobilise and inspire a musical resource of such obvious abundance and talent but was stuck to the carnival “road”, with no other purpose on which to focus. So as a matter of no little National prestige, Panorama came to fruition the following year for a newly Independent and celebrating nation. Panorama flourished and remains. Its impetus and success has no doubt had incalculable beneficial effects for the steelbands, their promotion and for the world-wide recognition of their art-form.

Panorama involves virtually all the steelbands in Trinidad and Tobago.

Conventional and Traditional steelband categories are represented. For 1998 a new Junior (conventional) category will be included. As the name implies, younger players under the age of 20 are being encouraged to form bands. The logistics of moving around large collections of ‘oil’ drums due to band size and because of the number of the bands competing, the competition begins with rounds of ‘preliminaries’ – as they are called. The preliminaries are held in four geographic competition zones, out of which the finalists emerge to compete, at their respective times, at their coveted grail at the Grand Stand, Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Steel Drum Steel Band Steeldrum steelpan Caribbean steelasophical 0000000000iThe finals for the Traditional steelbands are held a day before those for the big (now Senior) Conventional event. The time and place for the Junior events and finals, is presently being decided.

When the bands arrange themselves for the Panorama competition, they attempt to field as many players as they can muster. The sizes of the bands thus approaches the upper limits as described for conventional and traditional steelbands. For the traditional bands, there is a regulatory limit of 40 members. For the conventional bands however, where the attractions are grater, the regulation limit fell from 120 to 100 members for the 1998 competitions, much to the consternation of big band leaders. One explanation suggests that this levels the playing field; allowing bands from smaller communities, who struggle fitfully with 70 or 80 members, to compete more equally. For 1998 and today, that’s it, but the limits may change again thereafter.

Steel Drum Steel Band Steeldrum steelpan Caribbean steelasophical 0000000000mmmkWhatever the size and form of the bands, Panorama provides an exciting, entertaining though exhaustive series of events. For the 1998 Senior Conventional steelband Finals, 15 bands, as set by Pan Trinbago, will compete. 15 out of 148 possible bands at the last count. 15 of the very best rolling on and off the Grand Stand. [Due to a tie in the Zonal competitions there were actually 16 steelbands for the 1998 season. The 1999 season will have 12 bands.] It nearly takes all night. It tries your patience. About 4,300 hand crafted, finely tuned, unique steel drum instruments will cross the stage accompanied by 1,350 hyped up musicians propelled and encouraged by 1,300 equally hyped helpers and devoted followers. (With another 5,000 to 8,000 enthusiasts left outside. [That’s another story!] ) Organising this stand of musicians is prodigious. Controlling it is impossible. It all appears to just about happen.

The when frustrates you. But when for example, on 15 separate occasions, when it does happen, when the music sings, when the iron reverberates in your soul, when you are taken by the rhythm, when you recognise the familiar and hear the unexpected, when you are beaten down and then driven up into ecstasy, when you realise you will never hear it quite like that again, you know then; when you’re at Panorama.

Gary’s Panorama Tunes of Choice


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