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Today’s world requires mutually beneficial partnerships to leverage creativity, experience and resources.  This is the philosophy behind the collaboration of five of the world’s most celebrated steel orchestras.

“Big 5 – The Steelband Concert 3rd Edition”, under the distinguished Patronage of Prime Minister The Honourable Dr Keith Rowley, brings together Desperadoes, Massy Trinidad All Stars, BP Renegades, HADCO Phase II and Republic Bank Exodus.  The much anticipated annual event takes place at the Paddock, Queen’s Park Savannah on Saturday 26 October.  Between them they have won the National Panorama title forty-five (45) times since it was first held in 1963.  These 5 bands have also dominated the National Steelband Music Festivals, World Steelband Music Festival, Caribbean Panorama and World Steelband Panorama. 

Traditionally the BIG 5 celebrates individuals who have contributed to the Steelband movement.  In 2017 and 2018 Teddy Guerra and Pat Bishop were honoured.  This time around BIG 5 is celebrating the living legend Mr. Neville Jules. Jules has been the recipient of many awards locally and internationally, including the Chaconia Medal (Silver) in 2018, for long and meritorious service in the field of culture and community service.

The aim of the Foundation is to develop mutually beneficial opportunities for its members and to promote more collaboration between progressive bands throughout the year.  Bringing their bands together under one flag, will make it possible to share ideas, bring their skills together and work at making those ideas come to life as a team.

Journalist, Pannist and Steelpan Historian- Dalton Narine had this to say about the idea of the Big 5: “This is fascinating stuff. The structural engineers ought to be congratulated.” He added: “To paraphrase Disraeli, the nineteenth century British novelist, mark this shooting star, and watch these young gazelles at play.”

The “young gazelles” would be presenting a varied repertoire on October 26 at the “Paddock”, Queen’s Park Savannah and will include Guest Artistes as part of their performances.

Tickets for “Big 5 – The Steelband Concert” will be available at NLCB Booths nationwide and as is customary patrons can bring their own cooler.

Contact: Michael Marcano 678-5445 or Ainsworth Mohammed 678-7106

National Panorama Winners (Large Bands) since 1963:

1963

 

North Stars

Dan is the Man

Sparrow

Anthony Williams

1964

 

North Stars

Mama Dis is Mas

Kitchener

Anthony Williams

1965

 

Cavaliers

Melody mas

Melody

Bobby Mohammed

1966

 

Desperadoes

Obeah Wedding

Sparrow

Beverly Griffith

1967

 

Cavaliers

Sixty-Seven

Kitchener

Bobby Mohammed

1968

 

Harmonites

Wrecker

Kitchener

Earl Rodney

1969

 

Starlift

Bull

Kitchener

Ray Holman

1970

 

Desperadoes

Margie

Kitchener

Clive Bradley

1971

 

Starlift

Queen of the Bands

Winsford Devine

Ray Holman

1972

 

Harmonites

St. Thomas Girl

Kitchener

Earl Rodney

1973

 

Trinidad All Stars

Rainorama

Kitchener

Rudy Wells

1974

 

Harmonites

Jericho

Kitchener

Rupert Mark

1975

 

Hatters

Tribute to Spree Simon

Kitchener

Steve Achaiba

1976

 

Desperadoes

Pan in Harmony

Kitchener

Clive Bradley

1977

 

Desperadoes

Crawford

Kitchener

Clive Bradley

1978

 

Starlift

Du Du Yemi

Winsford Devine

Herschel Puckerin

1979

 

No Panorama

No Panorama

No Panorama

No Panorama

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

Kitchener

Jit Samaroo

1983

 

Desperadoes

Rebecca

Blue Boy

Clive Bradley

1984

 

Renegades

Sweet Pan

Kitchener

Jit Samaroo

1985

 

Renegades

Pan Night and Day

Kitchener

Jit Samaroo

1985

 

Desperadoes

Pan Night and Day

Kitchener

Beverly Griffith, Robert Greenidge

1986

 

Trinidad All Stars

The Hammer

David Rudder

Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards

1987

 

Phase II Pan Groove

This Feeling 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 Devine

Jit Samaroo

1990

 

Renegades

Iron Man

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

Kitchener

Jit Samaroo

1994

 

Desperadoes

Fire Coming Down

Robert Greenidge /Super Blue

Robert Greenidge

1995

 

Renegades

Laramania

Merchant /De Fosto

Jit Samaroo

1996

 

Renegades

Pan in A Rage

Kitchener

Jit Samaroo

1997

 

Renegades

Guitar Pan

Kitchener

Jit Samaroo

1998

 

Nu Tones

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

A Happy Song

Pelham Goddard/

Pelham Goddard

2002

 

Trinidad All Stars

Fire Storm

De Fosto

Leon Smooth Edwards

2003

 

Exodus

Pandora

The Original De Fosto

Pelham Goddard

2004

 

Exodus

War 2004

The Original De Fosto

Pelham Goddard

2005

 

Phase II Pan Groove

Trini gone wild

Len Sharpe

Len Sharpe

2006

 

Phase II Pan Groove

This One’s for you Bradley

Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe

Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe

2007

 

Trinidad All Stars

Pan Lamentation

Winston Scarborough ‘The Original De Fosto’

Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards

2008

 

Phase II Pan Groove

Musical Vengeance

Gregory ‘GB’ Ballantyne

Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe

2009

 

Silver Stars

First in De Line

Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniel

Edwin Pouchet

2010

 

Silver Stars

Battle Zone

Edwin Pouchet

Edwin Pouchet

2011

 

Trinidad All Stars

It’s Showtime

Pouchet/Daniel

Leon “Smooth” Edwards

2012

 

Trinidad All Stars

Play Yourself

Clive Telemaque

Leon “Smooth” Edwards

2013

 

Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove

More Love

Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

2014

 

Petrotrin Phase 11 Pan Groove

Jump High

Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

2015

 

Neal & Massy Trinidad All Star

Unquestionable

Clive Telemaque

Leon “Smooth” Edwards

2016

 

Desperadoes

Different Me

5 Star Akil

Zanda

2017

 

Trinidad All Stars

Full Extreme

Ultimate Rejects

Leon “Smooth” Edwards

2018

 

Renegades

Year for Love

Voice

Duvone Stewart

2019

 

Renegades

“Hookin Meh”

Nadia Batson

Duvone Stewart