Na­tional Panorama Com­pe­ti­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Doretta Fran­cois

There were only five bands and the crowd was sparse but that mat­tered not for the en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port­ers last Fri­day night at the Dar­ren Sammy Na­tional Cricket Sta­dium for the Na­tional Panorama Com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter the na­tional an­them played by stu­dents from the Car­men Re­nee Me­mo­rial School, it was straight down to busi­ness. Pan­time Steel Orches­tra from Gros Islet, the three-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, per­formed 'Cap­tain Sammy' and set the stan­dard high.

Next up was Pan Am­bas­sadors Steel Orches­tra with Ted­dyson John's 'Allez'. Then came La­borie Steel Pan, the most di­verse band, com­pris­ing young and old, black and white. The sev­en­tythree mem­bers put their all into a crowd-pleas­ing ver­sion of Arthur's 'Who I Am' and im­pressed with their hyp­notic chore­og­ra­phy.

From Anse La Raye came West Coast Steel Band making its first ap­pear­ance at Panorama. The mem­bers per­formed 'One Bad Prick' by Chippy. Fi­nally, Pan­tas­tic Muzik, with the only fe­male ar­ranger of the night, boosted the party at­mos­phere with bal­loons and masks while per­form­ing Vader's 'Iron'.

Len Sharp and mem­bers of the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band kept the crowds en­ter­tained while the judges de­lib­er­ated. They as­sessed the bands in four cat­e­gories: mu­si­cal ar­range­ment, gen­eral per­for­mance, tone and rhythm.

It was no sur­prise that La­borie Steel Pan scored the high­est with 256 points. In sec­ond place was Pan­time Steel Orches­tra with 248 points. Pan­tas­tic Muzik took third place with 229 points. Pan Am­bas­sadors came fourth with 199 points while West Coast Steel Band amassed 191 points.

La­borie Steel Pan, who placed first, put their heart, soul and dance moves into a crowd-pleas­ing ren­di­tion of Arthur's 'Who I Am'.

One of the 45 mem­bers of Pan Am­bas­sadors Steel Orches­tra beat­ing out Ted­dyson John's 'Allez'.

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