The Renegades Youth orchestra, spared no punches as the players put down a performance that could have even stood up to its adult parent band, bp Renegades.
Dressed in all white, with matching fedoras, the Renegades Youth orchestra executed a well choreographed and entertaining rendition of De Fosto’s “Puncernelly”, arranged by Shelton Besson, which earned them 450 points.
The young pannists churned up a musical storm that had the audience cheering long after the end of their performance.
Their closest rival was the San Fernando based Golden Hands which copped second place with 431 points. They played Destra Garcia’s “Hooked”.
St Augustine Secondary Compre-hensive, which dominated this category for the past three years, had to settle for third place as they earned 407.5 points for their delivery of “Pressure” sung by Derek Seales and arranged by Cheo Cato.
Woodbrook Government Secon-dary, the third place winner of the 2007 under 21 category, slipped to fourth place.
St Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican Primary School both won and lost in the competition yesterday. The band which they fielded for the under 13 category won, but its senior group which bagged the under 16 title last year was dethroned.
St Margaret’s under-13 champions, which received 434 points, booted last’s category winner Diego Martin Boys’ RC down to fourth place (355 points).
The under-13 band performed the late Andre Tanker’s song “Ben Lion”, which was arranged by Shenelle Abraham and Kendall Williams, and dominated the small field of four competitors. It beat second place winner Tamana Primary Steelpan Workshop by 26 points. This band played Lord Kitchener’s “Toco Band”.
CASAETAL Steel Orchestra, who performed “Music in meh blood” by Anslem Douglas, slipped to third spot, after placing second last year.
In the under-16 category, St Margaret’s placed third, 22 points behind the victorious BATCE Steel (Bishop’s Anstey/Trinity College East which is based in Trincity) who gave an explosive performance of “Thunder Coming”, sung by Chucky, and arranged by Sean Lewis, K Killien and Lennox Salvary.
Trinity College, out of Maraval, came in second with their rendition of “This Feeling Nice” by Denyse Plummer which earned them 413 points.
Minister of Education Esther Le Gendre described the competition as an amazing display of youth talent and stressed on the importance of music in the lives of young people.
This year’s competition paid tribute to Cary Codrington, who has been on the “pan” scene since 1972. Codrington was honoured for his contribution to Junior Panorama and the development of young people. Twenty one bands took part in the three-category competition.
Junior Panorama results
21 and Under Category
1. BP Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra 450
2. Golden Hands 431
3. St Augustine Secondary Comprehensive 407.5
4. Woodbrook Government Secondary 402.5
5. Success Stars Pan Sounds 397.5
6. St Francois Girls’ Gollege 173
7. Ice Water Juniors 371.5
8. Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive 358
9. San Fernando Secondary Comprehensive 350
10. Tokyo Youths 339
11. Tropical Angel Harps Youths 329.5
16 and Under Category
1. BATCE Steel 427
2. Trinity College Steel Orchestra 413.5
3. St Margaret’s Boys’ Steel Orchestra 405.5
4. Starlift Junior Steel Orchestra 391.5
5. Mt Hope Junior Secondary 385
6. Debe High School 337.5.
13 and Under Category
1. St Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican Primary 434
2. Tamana Primary Steelpan Workshop 408.5
3. CASAETAL Steel Orchestra 401.5
4. Diego Martin Boy’s RC 355