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.
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.
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 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.
3. Phase 11
4. Trinidad All Stars & Skiffle
6. FC Supernovas
7. Silver Stars
11. T&TEC Tropical AngelHarps
12. NLCB Fonclaire
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.
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
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.
Laventille Serenaders with their arrangement of Winston Bailey’s “Shadow” topped the National Panorama Small Band Preliminaries with 279 points.
They were followed by South’s Golden Hands and “Trouble” with 278 points and Fascinators Pan Symphony of Tunapuna in third place with 274 points for their rendition of “Buss Head”.
Forty three (43) bands were judged by a four-man panel comprising Soluna Garnes, Joslynnne Sealey, Tommy Critchlow and Michele Dowrich,
Bp Renegades has topped the preliminary round of the National Panorama Large Band competition.
The band playing Duvonne Stewart arrangement of “Year For Love” accumulated 264 points, two (2) points more than the second-placed Skiffle and Phase II Pan Groove (tie 262) for their renditions of Kess’ “Hello”.
Pan Elders, defending champs, scored the most points in the Medium Band category with an aggregate of 265 points.
They were followed by Petrotrin Katzenjammers, Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille and Power Stars.
The three tied with 258 points each.