Carnival season kicks off with crowning of new Junior Panorama champion

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Carnival season kicks off with crowning of new Junior Panorama champion

Caribbean Metals Pantime Steel Orchestra is the newly crowned junior steel band champion in Saint Lucia.

The 35-member youth band led by Cecil Tortee Philgence captured the top prize at the National Junior Panorama Competition held at the National Cultural Centre Grounds on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

The event, which was produced by the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), featured the musical talents of seven bands from around the island, including two new bands with the participation of about 250 young persons between the ages of six and 20.

The winning band, Caribbean Metals Pantime Steel Orchestra, played a thrilling rendition of the tune “Land of Wine” by Teddyson John as arranged by Jesse Nurse.

Second place went to the Jen Moun Lime Diamond Steel led by Garvin Niles, also playing the test tune “Land of Wine” by Teddyson John.

In third place was Laborie Steel Orchestra, led by Quill Joseph-Barthelemy, playing the tune “Mosquito” by Ricky-T.

The other bands participating in the Junior Panorama 2012 were: Assumption Knights Youth in Action from Vieux Fort, Harmonites, Pantastic Muzik and Courts Babonneau Steel Juniors.

Junior Panorama, which is now in its seventh year, was first introduced by the CDF in 2004 with five bands participating.

Following a one-year sponsored project with UNESCO, hundreds of young people between the ages of seven and 20 years benefited from the introduction of pan playing.

Over the years, CDF has provided opportunities for training young people in the art form from various communities including Laborie, Vieux Fort, Micoud, Babonneau and Castries.

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