Trinidad Express / It took 21 years for BpTT Renegades to break their drought of also ran at the National Panorama Championships, but it was worth the wait, as they played their way to a convincing victory to capture their 10 th title in the Large Band category on Saturday, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Having not seen winners row since becoming the first, and still the only band to complete a hat-trick of Panorama victories with Lord Kitchener’s “Guitar Pan” arranged by the late Jit Samaroo in 1987, the Charlotte Street band sprinted to the front in this year’s competition and held off all challengers, doing justice to the Duvone Stewart arranged “Year For Love”.

Renegades performance on the night was so polished that the two points advantage in the preliminary round, which had been extended to four at the semi-final stage, was widened further, amassing 287 points in putting some distance between them and Caribbean Airlines Skiffle, 280, and Desperadoes with 279.

Representing south Trinidad, Skiffle would be pleased to have reclaimed second position from Despers, who held a four-point edge on them emerging from the semis. They did justice to “Hello” arranged by Kendall Williams, Marc Brooks and Odie Franklin, while Despers did not sound as polished as they could have been with Carlton “Zanda” Alexander interpretation of “Year For Love”.

However, the night, and probably the season belonged to Renegades and their arranger Stewart.

Having won all their previous titles under Samaroo, the band presented Stewart with his first victory in the Large Band category, while they brought an end to a run of third place finishes dating back to 2013. Renegades’ win came on the back of their Youth Orchestra capturing the Elite category at last week’s National Junior Panorama competition, while Stewart also took double honours as Pan Elders topped the Medium Band category with his arrangement of “Limbo Break”.

Pan Elders earned 285 points to snare their fifth title on the trot, having held the crown since 2014. Petrotrin Katzenjammers rendition of Terrance “BJ” Marcelle’s “Lorraine” earned 274 points, which secured them second place, while Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille (272) took third with “Swing”, arranged by Akiba “Panman” Joseph.


Large Band

1. BpTT Renegades – “Year For Love”/Duvone Stewart – 287

2. CAL Skiffle – “Hello”/K. Williams, M. Brooks, O. Franklin – 280

3. Desperadoes – “Year For Love”/Carlton “Zanda” Alexander – 279

4. SHELL Invaders – “Inside The Festival”/Arddin Herbert – 278

5. Massy Trinidad All Stars – “lightning Flash”/Leon “Smooth” Edwards – 277

5. Silver Stars – “Lightning Flash”/Liam Teague – 277

7. Phase II Pan Groove – “Hello”/Len “Boogsie” Sharpe – 276

8. Supernovas – “Sweet Fuh Days”/Amrit Samaroo – 275

9. Exodus – “Sweet Fuh Days”/Pelham Goddard – 273

 10. MHTL Starlift – “Full of Vibe”/Robert Greenidge – 270

Medium Band

1. Pan Elders – “Limbo Break”/Duvone Stewart – 285

2. Petrotrin Katzenjammers – “Lorraine”/Terrance “BJ” Marcelle – 274

3. Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille – “Swing”/Akiba “Panman” Joseph

4. NLCB Buccooneers – “I Love Being Me”/Selon Gomez – 271

5. Petrotrin Siparia Deltones – “Leave Me Alone”/Carlton “Zanda” Alexander – 267

6. NLCB Valley Harps – “Sweet Soca Man”/Michelle Huggins-Watts – 266

6. Curepe Scherzando – “Buss Head”/Yohan Popwell – 266

8. Potential Symphony – “Government Boots”/Akua Leith – 264

9. Sangre Grande Cordettes – “Meet SuperBlue”/Ken “professor” Philmore – 263

10. Arima Angel Harps – “Pan In ‘A’ Minor/Aviel Scanterbury – 262







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