known as the
- pointed to
the far left
rattled off a
the heads of
that were so
seem to cut
a part in
the hair of
giving him a
We will not mention what
it did to
the women in
to the sky and
then to the
the frontline (made
cover - only
pull up at
crescendo; yes, there
open and men
chairs. And then the
movement - a
Powell did a
‘cha cha’ move
- he indeed
are meting out musical
was a loud
boom from a
came to a
intents and purposes
known as ‘Mr.
‘Uncle Mack’ to his
seem to call
as they, the
to take the
exposed as a
Ah, but let
how we came
of New York
Yes - it was
for a number
of days, the
For a moment
havoc on the
- heat and/or impending
the New York
have a history
of being NOT
systems go -
ammo in the
Earl out of
the sky on
with Earl as
a warm up to
your pan, was
this time of
people arrive at
on bicycles and
feet. And of
For whatever reason
- you be the
judge - Earl
to sea and
of New York.
arms. Despers USA
chose to go
with the “De
Last Band.” While CASYM
Dem” as its
not go away
things up with
and Boston Metro
all the way with
Pantonic entered the panorama with
the unenviable task of
playing in position one. ‘Position one’ is known as the
sound check position for obvious reasons - and none of them
good. Their tune of choice was “Battle Zone.”
Again, size matters in New York’s panorama to offset the
negative effects of the sound system. Pantonic was
served up a triple whammy - playing first, small in size
(their smallest ever), and braving a bad sound system.
followed Pantonic on stage and came ready to take
everything, but could do no better than third this year, a
repeat of last year. Their tune of choice
was “Tell Dem” which, indeed, was the
battle cry of CASYM all season. It was also the first
time they went to panorama with a selection composed by
their arranger, Arddin Herbert. CASYM took the
stage with 100 players. The orchestra has been in the top
three, seven out of its last eight panorama competition entries.
They continue to be one of the best bands in North America.
played third for the night, with all eyes upon the band this
year. They came into the 2010 competition with very high expectations.
Indeed, many looked for them to move into one of the top three
positions, and possibly even outright win the panorama.
“De Last Band” was an ideal tune for Despers USA.
The band looked exceptionally dapper and well-dressed in white and gold.
Despers USA took the stage with 100 players.
was up next, and performed
“Battle Zone” as their tune of choice. They have
now been around
for a number of years, but have not figured out how to change
their zip code to the contenders’ row.
drove into the musical fray in position five for the
evening, with Al Foster who hails from
Canada, in behind the arranger’s wheel. Finally D’Radoes seems
have brought some stability to the position.
This was Foster’s first attempt at bringing home the goods
at a New York panorama. By all accords he did
well on his New York maiden voyage which can be brutal on first-timers. The
band’s tune of choice was “Pan Army.” Foster
proved to be a competent arranger with promise.
Moreover he seemed to have bonded well with his ‘troops.’
continues to maintain their presence in the ‘high-rent
district’ where champions dwell. Sixth on stage for
the competition, their tune of choice
was “Pan Army.” Again their young arranger
André White demonstrated that he is here for the long haul.
ADLIB looked great and sounded great. Their performance
brought the crowd to its feet on a few occasions.
ADLIB took the stage with 100 players.
Dem Stars performed “Battle
Zone” in position seven with Sheldon Elcock at the arranger’s controls. Elcock was also part the 2010 crew
in the freshman class of New
York panorama arrangers. His first outing was
unforgiving. Dem Stars was simply not a factor in this
year’s competition. They suffered from their small size,
system and apparent lack of musical connection with the
judges and the audience.
came into this competition as the defending champions - and
left as the champions. Everyone else was chasing them,
and they took the stage confidently in position eight.
This year they chose “Battle Zone” as their war cry.
Their props and uniforms definitely worked. They
hunkered down in the ‘battle zone,’ and looked every part of
a great musical military machine with their full arsenal of 100 players.
They remain the talk of the town.
called on the services of arranger Leon “Foster” Thomas to lead them
to the next level. Mr. Thomas’ maiden voyage
into the New York panorama scene was indeed a good one. He is part of that
young talented crop of arrangers who can be the new face of pan for the
foreseeable future. On stage in position nine for the competition, CrossFire achieved their highest placement since 2004. Their tune of choice was
“Pan on Fire.” Dressed as
fancy firemen and (women) this presentation definitely worked for the group,
visually, and with the band’s name.
methodology for the New York panorama is considerably different
from that of the local (New York) bands. Theirs is a laidback approach.
Taking the stage as the penultimate band in the competition,
their tune of choice “Ah Love Meh Pan”
brought a completely different feel to the panorama
competition. Again, however, size matters in the New York
entered this year’s competition with Kareem (Kay) Thompson at the
helm. As arranger, Kareem proved quite capable and ready for the task,
taking Sesame Flyers, which was the final band on stage, to its highest finish ever in panorama
competition. Their tune of choice was “Pan Army.” Indeed, Thompson faired the best
of this freshman class of New
York panorama arrangers. He settled in and dropped some
musical movements that merit serious attention. The future
looks very bright for Thompson.
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