Defence Force win, God’s blessing

TT – Ace pan arranger Duvone Stewart thanked God for blessing him with the gift of arranging, hours after he secured victory for the Defence Force in the Panorama Small Conventional Steelbands competition at Skinner Park, San Fernando on Thursday night.

Pan Trinbago dedicated the Panorama to three cultural icons who died last year: Winston “Shadow” Bailey, Winston “De Fosto” Scarborough and Ken “Professor” Philmore.

“As I continue to live my dream, I thank God for blessing me with the gift of being a steelpan arranger,” Stewart told Newsday after dethroning reigning champions Golden Hands, who placed third.

“Winning was awesome. I feel very happy and very thankful for everything that made the performance a winning one. I am also very proud of the Defence Force team, manager, captain and all the players.”

Stewart who has a track record of success, leading BP Renegades and Pan Elders to victory in the large and medium band categories in 2018, hoped to equal that at tonight’s finals in Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

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