Junior Panorama is on

TT – The National Junior Panorama 2019 registered an increase in the number of participants for the competitions, unlike the senior festival, which has seen a drop in registration. Some 60 junior steel orchestras attached to primary and secondary schools have registered to compete. Fourteen non-school orchestras (21 and under) will also compete. As there

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Jay Notes delights Andall with tribute

TT – Cultural icon Ella Andall was mobbed on Thursday by the youth of Jay Notes Steel Orchestra as the band paid tribute to Andal twice that evening. Jay Notes, based on Guy Street, Sangre Grande, chose Andall’s Missing Generation song for the Panorama small band competition which began preliminary judging last Thursday. Prior to

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South large bands bring A-game to prelims

TT – Large conventional bands in the southland brought their A-game on Sunday night as Panorama judges made their way to the panyards for the preliminary round of the competition. From La Brea to Chaguanas, players upped the ante, much to the delight of the spectators who turned up to cheer on their favourite bands.

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Gunmen storm Highlanders panyard, rob player – Band gets time to regroup for prelims

TT – Gun­men stormed the pa­n­yard where the High­landers Steel Or­ches­tra was prac­tis­ing on Mon­day night, steal­ing a phone and caus­ing eight play­ers to im­me­di­ate­ly quit and leave the band in dis­ar­ray be­fore yes­ter­day’s cru­cial Panora­ma pre­lim­i­nar­ies. As a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, the band’s man­ag­er Robert Her­nan­dez wrote to Pan Trin­ba­go ask­ing them to

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Flabej to face judges tonight

TT – For the first time in over three decades, the Flabej Now Ensemble will be eligible to officially enter the Panorama competition. John “Poison” Douglas, manager for the steelband, has invited everyone to their Pembroke Street, Port of Spain pan yard to visit when Panorama judges visit their yard tonight around 8 pm. Arranged

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CAL flies with Skiffle – State airline stands by South band

TT – Even as steelbands continue to struggle for sponsorship for this year’s Panorama, Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has pledged to support San Fernando-based Skiffle steel orchestra for a second year. CAL’s CEO Garvin Medera said they also intend to surpass the excellent results of 2018 when the formidable team of CAL and Skiffle placed second

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