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