Tuesday, February 09, 2010

St Augustine Cops Junior Pan

SECONDARY SCHOOL CHAMPIONS: Members of the Woodbrook Secondary School Steelband during their winning performance at the National Junior Panorama at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain yesterday. The band ousted nine others in the Secondary School category to take home the $18,000 first prize. -Photo: ROBERTO CODALLO


After nine hours of pan music at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain yesterday, this was the sound that resonated throughout the atmosphere, after the St Augustine Secondary Steel Orchestra copped the title in the Under-21 category in the National Junior Panorama final.

St Augustine, who played ’Pan By Storm’, beat their way to the trophy, $27,000 and bragging rights for the next 365 days. The group, captained by Stefan Pierre, switched places with last years winner, bp Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra, earning their victory by a 7.5 point margin after amassing 455.5.

One member of the ousted champs bp Renegades cried openly on stage as members of the St Augustine raced past him chanting, ’Yuh want some sorrel ah wah ... eh’ while lifting their trophy after the results were announced.

Also sharing the first prize glory were the Woodbrook Secondary School Steelband and St Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican School Steel Orchestra, who topped the Secondary School and Primary School categories respectively. The two schools took home $27,000 and $18,000, respectively.

One of the outstanding performances for the day was that of Goodwill Industries of the West Indies, who played ’Ethel’ by Austin ’SuperBlue’ Lyons. The band, which comprised players aging between 25 and 30, but who were developmentally aged between 12 and 15, wowed the crowd with their effort.

With 32 schools competing in three different categories, Primary School, Secondary School and Under 21, supporters seated in the North Stand were serenaded with music emanating from the only percussion instrument invented within this century.

Judges tallied their points looking for four things, arrangement, general performance, tone and rhythm.

Although the North Stand was mostly filled with parents and guardians of the young pannists, that did not stop the schools from playing their hearts out and having fun in the process.

While the school children pleased the appetites of pan lovers, Sweet Hand Vilma and Sherri’s Cafe employees were on hand to fill the stomachs of those who failed to walk with their Sunday lunch.

’Surrender’, which was sung by Destra Garcia, was played thrice throughout the competition, while Road March contender ’Palance’, sung by JW and Blaze, tied with Machel Montano’s ’Magic Drum’, having been played twice.

Winners in the various Categories

Primary School

1. St Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican School Steel Orchestra - Magic Drum - 423

2. Central Primary Schools Combined Steel Orchestra - Template - 419

3. Febeau Government Primary - Stranger - 377

4. Mafeking Government Primary - Trini to the Bone - 354

5. Grant Memorial Primary School - Magic Drum - 350

Secondary School

1. Woodbrook Secondary School Steelband - Surrender - 416.5

2. Bishops Anstey and Trinity East College - Scratch Attack - 407

3. El Dorado East Secondary - Scratch Attack - 406

4. St Francois Girls College - Iron and Stee l- 388.5

5. Mucurapo East - Surrender - 387

Under 21

1. St Augustine Secondary Steel Orchestra - Pan By Storm - 455.5

2. Bp Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra - Smooth Sailing - 449

3. St Margaret’s Boys’/ Trinidad All Stars - Pan on Fire - 448

4. Success Stars Pan Sounds - Pan on Fire - 414.5

5. Solo Harmonities Youth Steel Orchestra - Toco

Band - 412

Thats my old School people...always Champions....Congrats
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