Curepe Scherzando threw down the gauntlet to the chasing pack with a final-worthy, crowd-shaking performance of “My House,” at the National Panorama Medium Band semi-final yesterday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Led by arranger Yohan Popwell, the band from Evans Street, Curepe, balanced tempered control and creative exuberance to deliver a professional performance that showed they were worth their preliminary round second place finish.
Scherzando, who in the prelims finished joint second with Katzenjammers on 269 points and a point behind Court Sound Specialists of Laventille, riled the half-filled Grand Stand and boisterous Pan City (North Stand) crowd with their exuberant stickwork.
Former president Anthony Carmona and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith were among the massive Pan City crowd.
Earlier in the day, Siparia Deltones showed their pedigree with a stirring rendition of Ella Andall’s “Festival Song”.
Arranger Akinola Sennon danced the “Iwer, Butterfly, Shadow” as he directed his band into an almighty crescendo that climaxed with a rousing cheer of approval from both sides of the stage.
The Siparia pan unit will be looking to climb the rankings and secure a final berth after their fourth place finish (266 points) in the preliminary round of the competition.
Barataria band Potential Symphony, meanwhile, also made a strong bid for the final with a jump-out-your-chair rendition of Sparrow’s “All Dem Tobago Gyal”.
The Amrit Samaroo-led band finished joint sixth with Carib Dixieland and Sforzata on 265 points in the preliminary round of the competition.
The six-member adjudication panel of Corrine Soo Ping Chow, Lennox London, Joanna Ragbir, Roger Sardinia, Stephanie Power and Joslynne Sealey will select the ten bands that will advance to the final on February 16 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet, Tobago.
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Thousands of revellers spilled out of seven large platforms erected to the northern side of the stage onto the barber-green at its front during an overwhelming show of support for the national instrument.
They brought with them ample food and grog on a hot but breezy pan semis afternoon.
Defending Medium Band champions Pan Elders insured the early comers were treated to a quality display when they took the stage in position five. The Carib Street, San Fernando band staked their claim for a final spot and a run for a fourth successive title with an energetic rendition of the United Sisters’ 1993 hit “Whoa Donkey”.