First Citizens Supernovas Win Pan in the 21st Century 2023 | Results

Image via First Citizens Supernovas Website/File Photo © Supernovas. 
Pan in the Savannah in June, a musical delight for Steelband music enthusiasts. The Pan Down Memory Lane and Pan in the 21st Century competitions took place at Queens Park Savannah on Sunday night. This post memorializes the results of the pan in the 21st century. Century competition. The photo above shows the results, bands' names, songs played, and points scored from 1st to 12th place. At the conclusion of the performances, the posted results showed that First Citizens Supernovas out of Lopinot Road, Arouca was adjudged the most impressive for the night. 

Amit Samaroo, the band's leader and musical arranger triumphed with an arrangement of Grenade sung by Bruno Mars. The band's interpretation, runs, and tone of pans delighted the patrons in attendance with applause; the judges were also moved and determined that Supernovas did enough to eclipse the consistent Katzenjammers that played "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri. To be honest, "A Thousand Years" was a strange song selection. The song is slow and almost puts me to sleep, but Katzenjammers' arrangement was engaging and gave life to a listless song. In third place was NGC Couva Joylanders, one of my favorites in the competition. They played "Let Me Love You" by Mario. 

After all the long practice nights, the work done by the arrangers, and the prodding of the drill masters the competition was engaging from the preliminary round to the finals. In the end, a few bands stood out while others did not embellish their arrangements. It was a lost opportunity for many but a learning experience for sure. Next year's competition should be better. Let's hope that the monies allocated to the competition increase making it cost-effective and lucrative enough to attract some of the best-known bands in the country. Regardless of your point of view, Steelband music is a beautiful thing, and we are thankful for those who made it happen.

Pan in the 21st Century Conventional Bands Finals Results 2023 | Published by Pan Trinbago

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Production Notes/Music Credits:
Band: First Citizens Supernovas Steel Orchestra (Winner 1st Place)
Band Address: Surrey Village, Lopinot Road, Arouca
Tune of Choice: Grenade - 2008
(Sung by Bruno Mars and Composed by Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, Claude Kelly)
Arranged by: Amrit Samaroo
Pans Tuned by: Desmond Richardson/Agustus Peters
Leader: Amrit Samaroo
Genre: Steelband Music

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