Sweet Steel Pan Music for Panorama 2015
The Saint Lucia National Steel Band Association (SLNA) in collaboration with the Carnival Planning and Management Agency (CPMA) are gearing up to stage the 2015 National Panorama Competition.
This year, more support for the competition has been given by the Steel Bands Association of Trinidad and Tobago “Pan Trinbago”. Pan Trinbago will be providing trophies, judges and promotion for the competition.
The Panorama Management Committee (PMC) of the SLNA has formed a subcommittee with the responsibility for producing the steel bands program of activities which includes a pan session at the Mas Market on July 4th at the William Peter Blvd, and an official launch of Panorama on July 11th.
Compared to previous year’s where the competing bands would be grouped in either the small band or large band category, based on the number of players, this year’s format will incorporate all bands competing against each other in one general category regardless of size.
8 Steel pan groups from around Saint Lucia will compete in this year’s Panorama competition: Reigning Champions Pantime (supported by Digicel), Courts Babonneau, Fast Cash Pantastic Muzik Steel Orchestra, Laborie Steel Orchestra, Survivors, Busta Emerald Steel Orchestra, Pan Ambassadors and Harmonites.
The National Panorama Competition will take place on Friday 17th July at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium from 8pm to 11pm and will also include a competition for individual local and regional pannists (Pan Shoot Out), displays by Carnival bands and performances by local Calypsonians and Soca artists.