Pan Trinbago announces 2014 Panorama schedule

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Sean Nero in News
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Steelpan music lovers are in for a treat this Carnival as Pan Trinbago announces its decision to stage the large conventional round of competition in the National Panorama Competition series over three nights.

While contestants in Tobago, as well as the Eastern Region of Pan Trinbago (in Trinidad) will share the stage February 10, in their respective districts music connoisseurs will have the opportunity to witness a wider array of performances in the days that follow.

Steelband heavyweights in the northern region such as reigning National Panorama champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, Witco Desperadoes, BP Renegades and Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars fill the competition spotlight on February 11, contestants hailing from the South/Central region will be heard on February 12.   Judging will take place in the pan yards/communities. Starting time is 7pm nightly.

These additions are included in Pan Trinbago Inc. schedule of events 2014 for Carnival and beyond.

At the recent launch of Panorama, the theme, “Celebrating the Evolution of Pan”, was revealed. An apt one as Pan Trinbago further explained, “Starting from 1963 and celebrating  thereafter the improvements that have taken place such as the tonal quality of the instrument, improved dexterity of the players and enhancement of the arrangement, have come together to demonstrate the evolution of the instrument from what it was then to what it is now.”

Panorama 2014 will see over 150 steelbands competing in four categories: Single Pan, Small, Medium and Large Conventional.

First off the pan starting block is the National Single Pan Preliminaries which run from January 30 to February 02 at various venues across Trinidad and Tobago.

Next are the National Conventional Preliminaries–Small, Medium and Large–in the four regions with the National Panorama semi-finals on February 15 (Small and Single Pan); and February 16 (Medium and Large) aka “Savannah Party” at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Then it’s onto the National Panorama Finals (Small and Single Pan) at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on February 27 and Medium and Large at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on March 1.

Included in the organisation’s plans for the season is the staging of a Groovy Soca Pan Competition across the twin island in which participating steelbands will perform any original groovy soca composition while on the move, however, bands must have non-players not exceeding 50 persons complete with flags, rags and banners.

In August, Pan Trinbago Inc will be hosting the first ever International Panorama competition. The Tobago experience called Pazzaz and The Pan in the Countryside series will continue with the National Junior Steelband Music Festival scheduled for later in the year at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain.