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Monday, November 20, 2017

New Champion Orchestra Crowned - Victory for Pan Family

There is a new champion in the National Steelband Music Festival Pan is Beautiful XII.

They are the East Dry River-based Codrington Pan Family who are no strangers to winners’ row. The band led by Cary Codrington performed the Test Piece and a Keisha Codrington composition, ”The Pan with Love – Our Gift to the World”, adapted by Cary, Keisha & Khari Codrington , took the top spot with a combined total of 577 points to win $250,000. They also captured the title for the Best Tune of Choice with 289.points.

The Orchestra Class Finals was held at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, last Saturday evening before an audience which included The President of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona ORTT, SC, patron of the Festival.

Caribbean Airlines Invaders placed second with 571 points for their performance their own (Arddin Herbert) composition “Overture to 1962 (Independence Day)” and the Test Piece. The latter was adjudged the Best Test Piece with 289 points. The band opted perform a “new” Tune of Choice for this leg of the competition.

Eight (8) steel orchestras competed before the distinguished panel of adjudicators comprising Dr. Ronnie Wooten, Dr. Lennard Moses, Dr. Anne Marion Osborne and Mr. Lambert Phillip.

The Competition results are as follows:

Place Orchestra Tune of Choice Tune of Choice Score Test Piece Score Total 
1 Codrington Pan Family CodringtonPanFamily-PIBXII-200 The Pan with Love Our Gift to the World 289 288 577
2 CAL Invaders  Invaders-PIBXII-200 Ouverture To 1962 (Independence Day) 282 289 571
3 NGC Couva Joylanders Joylanders-PIBXII-200 The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of The Rings 281 285 566
4 bp Renegades Renegades-PIBXII-200 Academic Festival Overture  263 287 550
5 Republic Bank Exodus  Exodus-PIBXII-200 Moods of the Maestro dedicated to Dr.Pat Bishop 277 270 547
6 Pan Elders  PanElders-PIBXII-200 The Barber of Seville Overture 243 253 496
7 T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps TropicalAngelHarps-PIBXII-200 The Voices In My Head 254 235 489
8 Diatonic  Diatonics-PIBXII-200 Symphony 4 239 237 476


Composer of the Test Piece, “Mr. Pan Maker”, Dr. Leroy Calliste, aka The Black Stalin was also on the receiving end as he was presented with an Award by the Chair of the Festival Committee, Col. Edison Isaac, HBM.

Codrington Pan Family



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