Golden Hands plays 'Trouble' to win Panorama Small Bands category

It was “Trouble” literally when the results of the National Panorama Small Band Finals were announced last night Thursday at Skinner Park, San Fernando just after 11:30 pm

When the dust cleared, Golden Hands led by Franka Hills-Headley with a Vanessa Alexander Headley arrangement of her composition “Trouble Sans Humanite” emerged victorious with the top score of 279 points.

Finishing behind the San Fernando based band was Laventille Serenaders with 278 points for their performance of Winston Bailey’s “Dingolay” arranged by Arddin Herbert.

Renegades leads off big bands in Saturday's Panorama Finals

When the bell for the National Panorama Medium and Large Bands Finals rings, Arima Angel Harps and bp Renegades will be first off the block in their respective categories on Saturday 10 February, 2018 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Showtime is at 7 pm.

Themed “Steel Crescendo…..Musical Explosion and Rivalry”, the Pan Trinbago produced flagship event has been described as the “Super Bowl of Pan” featuring ten (10) Medium and ten (10 ) Large Conventional Bands. Both Pan Elders and Massy Trinidad All Stars will be defending their titles.

National Schools' Panorama finals

Several primary and secondary schools showed off their talents on the national instrument at the National Junior Panaroma competition.

And while some believe the traditional aspects of Carnival are slowly eroding, these children say their presence is evidence to the contrary.

Akash Samaroo and cameraman Neil Romain bring us the story.


Sixth Panorama title for St Francois

St Francois Girls’ College successfully defended their Secondary Schools’ title at the National Schools’ Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The Belmont-based school, playing Crazy’s Pan Break, amassed 283 points to beat Naparima Girls High/Naparima College and St Joseph’s Convent (St Joseph) into second and third respectively and earn their sixth overall title.

Speaking afterwards, captain Krisana Mitchell said she was happy with the win since this was her last time playing and last year at the school.

National Schools Panorama final this Sunday

Pan Trinbago (Youth Arm) in collaboration with The Ministry of Education will co-host the finals of the National Schools Panorama at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday from 9 am, a statement from Pan Trinbago says.

Bands will be judged in three categories ie Primary School, Secondary School and Elite.

BpTT Renegades tops Panorama Semis

BpTT Renegades has topped the Large Band category of the Panorama Semi-Finals.

The following are the placings for the final, following Sunday's show at the Queen's Park Savannah. 

1.BPTT Renegades 
2. Desperadoes
3. Phase 11
4. Trinidad All Stars & Skiffle 
6. FC Supernovas
7. Silver Stars
8. Exodus
9. Invaders
10. Starlift
11. T&TEC Tropical AngelHarps
12. NLCB Fonclaire


Small turnout but pan fans happy with change in format

Pan Trinbago's decision to separate small steel bands from medium and large bands for this year's National Panorama Semi-Finals has been warmly received by pan enthusiasts at the Queen's Park Savannah.

Of the dozens of attendees who spoke to the T&T Guardian yesterday afternoon, only a handful objected to the change in format, which saw small bands competing on Saturday afternoon as opposed to Sunday with their larger counterparts.

The change in format noticeably improved the efficiency of the show with the 14 medium bands crossing the stage well before 6 pm.

Finalists announced in National Schools Panorama competition

The Ministry of Education has announced the finalists in the National Schools' Junior Panorama competition.

The following are the finalists in the Primary Schools category:

Tac. Pres. Treble Makers

St. Mary's Government Primary School

St Margaret's Boys' Anglican School

Guaico Presbyterian Primary School

Malabar R.C. Steel Orchestra

Couva Anglican Primary School

St. Paul's Boys' Anglican Primary School

Bien Venue Presbyterian School

Rosary Boys' R.C. School

Fifth Company Rising Stars

Petrotrin Katzenjammers to kick-off Panorama semis at 1pm Sunday

Pan Trinbago says the starting time for the National Panorama Medium & Large Bands Semi Finals aka Savannah Party is 1:00 pm and not 9:00 am nor 11:00 am as reported in several publications.

In a statement issued Friday, Pan Trinbago said that 14 medium and fourteen 14 large bands will face two separate adjudication panels as they perform their tune of choice at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on Sunday 28 January 2018.

The competition which is Pan Trinbago’s flagship event is in its 55th year.