Exodus changes tune for finals

Four-time Panora­ma cham­pi­ons Re­pub­lic Bank Ex­o­dus Steel Or­ches­tra has changed their tune of choice for the up­com­ing Panora­ma fi­nals, as arranger Pel­ham God­dard be­lieves the judges are not in­ter­pret­ing his arrange­ment of Austin "Su­per Blue" Lyons' Rag Storm the way he would like them to.

In­stead, Ex­o­dus will now be play­ing Kees Di­ef­fen­thaller's Sa­van­nah Grass in the fi­nal on March 2.

Ex­o­dus will be en­ter­ing the Panora­ma fi­nals in the sec­ond to last po­si­tion with 265 points.

They are 14 points be­hind cur­rent lead­ers and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons bpTT Rene­gades.

God­dard be­lieves the tune of choice may have a part to play in Ex­o­dus' po­si­tion in the ta­ble.

"The next thing they did is take the Rag Storm bands and put them at the bot­tom of the ta­ble," God­dard said.

Ex­o­dus was one of three bands that played Rag Storm in the Panora­ma semi­fi­nal on Sun­day night.

T&T Trop­i­cal An­gel Harps is cur­rent­ly in the last place.

While Nu­trien Sil­ver Stars is tied in sev­enth place.

"It seems they don't want a rag storm," God­dard said.

God­dard be­lieves the band has enough time to per­fect the new song.

"Two weeks is enough time, we in this thing too long," he said.

God­dard said oth­er bands in the past have changed their Panora­ma tune mid­way dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

He cit­ed So­lo Har­monites as an ex­am­ple.

Su­per Blue was at the Ex­o­dus pa­n­yard dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing and al­so joined the band on the stage for the semi­fi­nal.

In the arrange­ment for the song, God­dard in­clud­ed some of Su­per Blue's for­mer hit songs in­clud­ing Get Some­thing and Wave.

God­dard said he se­lect­ed Sa­van­nah Grass be­cause of how pop­u­lar it has be­come.

None of the large bands in the semi­fi­nal played Sa­van­nah Grass.

Four of the 14 bands played Dar­ryl "Farmer Nap­py" Hen­ry's hit Hookin Meh in the semi­fi­nal. Three of them are in the fi­nal.

Ex­o­dus won the Panora­ma in 1992, 2001, 2003 and 2004.

God­dard was the arranger in all four wins.

 - by Joel Julien

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