A scintillating performance of Hookin Meh from the songbook of entertainer Farmer Nappy and arranged by Duvone Stewart, saw BP Renegades Steel Orchestra successfully defend its title in the large conventional category of the National Panorama Competition on Saturday.

Held at the Grand Stand Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, Renegades successfully staved off competition from nine challengers in this category to increase its championship titles, in the contest produced by Pan Trinbago, to eleven.

Renegades and Desperadoes now hold the most Panorama titles in the competition; eleven each.

With a score of 288 points, Renegades beat Desperadoes into second place. Playing Carlton “Zanda” Alexander’s arrangement of Iron Love from the repertoire of Nailah Blackman, Desperadoes scored 285 points.

Results published by Pan Trinbago following the semi-final round of competition held on February 17, at the same venue, saw Desperadoes climb to second spot, while CAL Skiffle, Hadco Phase II Pan Groove and Shell Invaders tied for third.

While steelpan pundits believed Desperadoes posed the biggest threat to Renegades’ defence of its title, two weeks later, the former band, in the view of the panel of music adjudicators did not have the edge necessary to claim glory at the final round of competition.

Third place went to Massy Trinidad All Stars for its the Leon “Smooth” Edwards interpretation of “So Long,” composed and sung by Nadia Batson The band received 284 points.

Playing Arddin Herbert’s arrangement of Hookin Meh, Shell Invaders placed fourth with 283 points; CAL Skiffle was fifth with a total of 281; and HADCO Phase II Pan Groove sixth. The band amassed 280 points.

Six in a row for Pan Elders

Meanwhile, excitement abounds in the San Fernando camp of Pan Elders Steel Orchestra.

The band achieved its sixth consecutive win in the medium conventional category scoring 282 points for its performance of The Will, from the music bible of Irwin Reyes Johnson. Duvone Stewart was also responsible for this arrangement.

Tobago’s Katzenjammers Steel Orchestra amassed 276 points to secure second place for its performance of “Stranger” arranged by Terrene “BJ” Marcelle, while NGC Couva Joylanders placed third. Playing “Fire In The Area” arranged by Stefon West, the band scored 275 points.

“Celebrating Our Cultural Icons – Catching the Rhythm, Feeling The Spirit and Prosperity” was the theme of this year’s Panorama at which Pan Trinbago honoured Dr. Winston Bailey, Ken “Professor” Philmore and Winston Scarborough posthumously on the night. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, Culture minister Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly and Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey- Moore made the presentations.

At the end of almost ten hours of scintillating music, theatre and pyrotechnics, the champions were “crowned”.

The Honour Roll:-

Medium Conventional Band
1.Pan Elders 282
2.Katzenjammers 276
3.NGC Couva Joylanders 275
4. Pamberi 273
4. Courts Sound Specialists 273
6. Curepe Scherzando 272
7. Melodians 270
8. NGC Steel Xplosion 268
9. NLCB Valley Harps 265
10. Sangre Grande Cordettes 263

Large Conventional Band
1.bp Renegades 288
2.Desperadoes 285
3. Massy Trinidad All Stars 284
4. Shell Invaders 283
5. Caribbean Airlines Skiffle 281
6 HADCO Phase II Pan Groove 280
7. First Citizen Supernovas 277
8. Nutrien Silver Stars 275
9. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps 272
9. Republic Bank Exodus 272