Despers, Pan Elders rule 'Big Yard'

Desperadoes - 2016 Panorama Champions

Despers, Pan Elders rule 'Big Yard'

By Pan Jumbie

Trinidad & Tobago | Tuesday 9 February 2016: 19:19 GMT

Talk about sweet pan! The entire Big Yard erupted with chaotic jubilation on Carnival Saturday night as Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, with its new arranger Carlton ‘Zanda’ Alexander, was declared 2016 National Panorama Large Band champion.

Despers beat SuperNovas by one point while Phase II Pan Groove came in third.

Desperadoes has amassed the most Panorama wins in the history of the competition with 11 titles, but the last time the band tasted victory was 16 years ago with the late genius arranger Clive Bradley.

The big band played 5Star Akil's Different Me. From the time Zanda ran onto the Queen’s Park Savannah stage to the cheers of the entire Grand Stand, pan-lovers knew Despers meant music. Talk about lavways from Zanda! His was an excellent piece of music.

Based in Surrey Village, Lopinot, SuperNovas Steel Orchestra gave us Amrit Samaroo’s arrangement of Breakthrough. The band could be called the new classical All Stars. This is the first year SuperNovas has competed in the Large Band category. Samaroo really kept his passage for the final night.

Phase II Pan Groove of Hamilton Street, Woodbrook, gave away another title by only playing seven minutes three seconds of the allotted eight minutes. In the semis the band played just six and a half minutes. Arranger Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe got an excellent count with rising crescendos in the first and second change keys, but he will regret not adding more spice into the mix.

Defending Panorama champion Massy Trinidad All Stars of Duke Street, Port of Spain, placed sixth with Leave We Alone, arranged by Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards. The band paid the price for playing too slow.

In the Medium Band category, Pan Elders Steel Orchestra of Carib Street, San Fernando, scored a hat-trick, copping the title by four points. Tobago bands Buccooneers and Petrotrin Katzenjammers placed second and third respectively.

Pan Elders played Me Ent Fighting For No Man, arranged by Duvonne Stewart. Crackshot Stewart won from start to finish and intends to hold power. The band sounded powerful and should look to move up into the large band category.

Chance Street, Buccoo-based Buccooneers played Bass on Fire and nearly caught Pan Elders. “I swear I win,” said arranger Sieon Gomez. The band played a couple rising crescendos and held the tempo throughout the song.

From Courland Estate, Black Rock, came Katzenjammers, who played I Don’t Mind, arranged by Terrence ‘BJ’ Marshall. The band had a wicked run in the first change key and a couple of rising crescendos, but lost marks for playing too fast.

Tobago band Steel Xplosion placed sixth with Wanted Dead or Alive, arranged by Arddin Herbert.

Dixieland placed ninth playing a Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards arrangement of Soca Baptist and West Side Symphony placed tenth with Dead or Alive, arranged by Mickiel Gabriel.



1. Desperadoes Different Me Carlton ‘Zanda’ Alexander (285)

2. SuperNovas Breakthrough Amrit Samaroo (284)

3. Phase II Pan Groove Madd Music Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe (283)

3. Renegades Music Inside Meh Head Duvone Stewart (283)

5. Invaders Take That Arddin Herbert (281)

6. Trinidad All Stars Leave We Alone Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards (280)

7. Silver Stars Panoramic Liam Teague (277)

8. Redemption Sound Setters No No We Eh Going Home Micheal Toby (276)

9. Fonclaire Bass on Fire Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore (272)

10. Skiffle How She Like It Marc Brooks/Kendall Williams/Odie Franklin (266)


1. Pan Elders Me Eh Fighting Duvone Stewart (275)

2. Buccooneers Bass on Fire Seion Gomez (271)

3. Katzenjammers I Don’t Mind ‘BJ’ Marcelle (270)

3. Sound Specialists of Laventille The Ganges & The Nile Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore (270)

5. Couva Joylanders Come With It Kareem Brown (266)

6. Curepe Scherzando Madness Yohan Popwell (265)

6. Steel Xplosion Wanted Dead or Alive Arddin Herbert (265)

8. Melodians Fete Amrit Samaroo (264)

9. Dixieland Soca Baptist Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards (261)

10. West Side Symphony Dead or Alive Mickiel Gabriel (258)


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