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.
In the NGC La Brea Nightingales panyard, leader Julius Wilson voiced his expectation to “bring glory to La Brea in 2019” with Richard Alvin Gittens’ arrangement of Party Start by Marvin “Swappi” Davis.
After competing in the large category for about six years, Wilson said, the band has achieved success, not in terms of winning the competition, but in getting young people to play.
“La Brea is not an area where much is heard about pan, but this year we are hoping to change that. We are hoping to bring glory to La Brea. We are hoping to win the Panorama, which is a big task,” said Wilson, even as one of his members invoked the spirit of prayer for the young players to use their skills for positivity before the start of competition.