Peter Ray Blood

After its grand launch on November 4, C2K24 is now truly up and running with Pan Trinbago Inc commencing the National Panorama Competition. With 51 steelbands registered, preliminary panyard judging for Single Pan steelbands began in the Tobago Region with two steelbands facing the judges.

   Preliminary panyard judging continues on Friday, November 17 with the judges venturing to panyards in the Eastern Region. In this Region, 19 Single Pan steelbands will be judged.

The panel of judges adjudicating the preliminaries consists of Stephanie Power, Desmond Graham, Dike Samai and Kenrick Noel. Six Single Pan steelbands of the South/Central Region will be judged on Saturday, November 18, closing preliminary judging.

Thirty steelbands will be selected to contest the Single Pan semi-final, scheduled for 6Saturday, November 25, at the Arima Velodrome, at 4 p.m. With the Single Pan Final scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 20 bands will be competing.

The Final will be held at the Queen's Park Savannah, at 6 p.m.

Spree Simon Harmonites

Thus far, Pan Trinbago Inc has been doing a commendable job with this leg of National Panorama '24. Scores of pan lovers have been following the Pan Trinbago Inc convoy of officials, led by President Beverly Ramsey-Moore, to panyards across the land and they have been richly entertained.

   The Single Pan element in a Panorama competition has its own unique and enticing allure as it encourages arrangers to venture into the archives to resuscitate popular calypsoes of yesteryear. For instance, as preliminary judging began in Tobago, Natural Mystic Steel Orchestra of Patience Hill went back 47 years to revive Short Shirt's "Tourist Leggo", arranged by Rickie Williams.

   Several popular retro calypsoes are being played by the Single Pan steelbands including "Pan in A Minor" (Lord Kitchener); "Doh Back Back" (Mighty Sparrow); "Ethel" (SuperBlue); "Woman is Boss" (Denyse Plummer); "Pan in Danger" (Merchant); and, "Suck Me Soucouyant" (Crazy).

   Making the Single Pan contest even more dynamic and daring the few steelbands and arrangers choosing calypsoes one wouldn't readily think was a Panorama pick. Some of them are: Red Plastic Bag's "Volcano", arranged by Amrit Samaroo for Trinidad Nostalgic; Faye Ann Lyons' "Display", by Renaldo De Pieza, for San Juan All Stars; Red Plastic Bag's "Big Belly Ma"n, by Duvone Stewart, for San Juan East Side Symphony; and, Hanif Goodridge's arrangement of "The Islands", by Bunji Garlin and Patrice Roberts, for D'Original Woodbrook Modernaires.

TTPS Steel Orchestra

Also performing a unique Panorama selection was reigning National Single Pan champion Chord Masters, doing Mighty Gabby's "Dr Cassandra", arranged by US-based Andre White.

   Pride of La Brea, Jah Roots brings the curtain down on Single Pan preliminary panyard judging. The band's tune of choice is also a surprise Panorama pick, Baron's 2009 hit, "Come Go", arranged by Jesse Lessey.

Harlem Syncopators