Arima-based Marsicans seems intent on dethroning fellow east zone band San Juan Eastside Symphony in the 2020 edition of the National Panorama competition conceptualised and staged by Pan Trinbago.

Results published at the end of Sunday’s semi-final round of competition held at the Arima Basketball Court, Arima, showed how Marsicans -with its scintillating rendition of 1987 selection titled Johnny, sung by Colleen Ella and Taxi – captured the hearts of the audience.

With arrangements by Marlon White, it was clear the band won favour with the panel of music adjudicators, too, based on the results which tied the band in first place with Eastside Symphony.

In defence of its title, Eastside Symphony played Carlon Harewood’s arrangement of Guitar Pan taken from the music bible of the late Grand Master of Calypso Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts).

It was a double treat for music lovers attending the weekend’s steelpan music showcase which saw music rivals perform back-to-back.

Marsicans was up first appearing in position 15, followed by the Eastside Symphony cast – 16.

At the end of the preliminaries Eastside Symphony led with 268 points; four marks ahead of Metro Stars from Tobago. Marsicans was in a three-way tie with Brimblers and La Famile United was fourth.

Judging from the weekend results, however, Marsicans did its homework which excited music lovers and impressed the judges.

Tobago-based Metro Stars, which came out of the preliminaries in second place with a score of 264 points, fell ten places to eleventh. It tied with Nostrand Symphony and Uni Stars respectively.

At the semi-final music adjudicators awarded Metro Stars 258 points for its tune-of-choice was Om Ba Ya Oh from the music collection of the late Merchant (Dennis Franklyn Williams).

Thirty-one contestants performed on Sunday.