Attorney General ANTHONY SMART, left, has the attention of
LENNY TYSON, centre and KEITH BIRD SERRETTE, captain
of Phase II Pan Groove.
members of Phase II Pan Groove in a celebratory mood. From
left are: FRANKLYN OLLIVIERRA, JOHANN
CHUCKEREE, MARK SINGH, ASHIKA GASPARD, OLMOND ST ROSE AND
LEASON JACOBS. Photos: Sean Nero
Phase II Pan Groove got the impetus to win this years Panorama
title when the panel of adjudicators placed the band second to Neal
and Massy Trinidad All Stars at the semis, according
to Errol Skerritt manager of the band.
Len Boogsie Sharpes arrangement of Musical Vengeance,
Phase II dethroned Trinidad All Stars by a mere one point to claim
its fifth Panorama victory at the competition staged by Pan Trinbago
on February 2.
was Skinner Park in San Fernando, where Phase II also took home
the $1million first prize.
11 scored 481 points while Trinidad All Stars garnered 480.
said the decision by presiding musicians to separate the steel orchestras
by almost nine points during the semifinal round of the contestfollowing
their preliminary tiewas a blessing in disguise.
the bands victory celebrations held last Friday at its panyard
at Hamilton-Holder Street in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, he said:
When you are ahead in the semifinal, you are always in a bit
of a predicament, because you dont want to interfere with
the music for fear of spoiling it.
you are behind, you work harder. I always tell people, you do not
put Boogsie in second position and then give him time to prepare.
Thats the incentive Boogsie needs to come to the front.
said it was common knowledge that whenever the judges placed Phase
II in that kind of situation, Boogsie does turn beast.
the moments leading up to the final nights performance which
earned the band victory, Skerritt revealed that Phase II pannists
were a bit confused that Trinidad All Stars top-scored in the semifinal
by a margin of 8.5 points. Phase placed second on that occasion.
the band lost control of the top spot by one or two points the players
might have stayed in their comfort zones and would not have made
the effort that led to victory. The score awarded to All Stars had
the players upset.
Boogsie and the players have been hurting since the Panorama of
2007. We really wanted to capture three consective victories playing
our own music. It was a hard blow not to achieve it and the term
vengeance was coined that very night, explained Skerritt.
II took a one day respite immediately following the semifinal contest
held at the Queens Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, after which
he said there was no turning back.
said the bands continuous video review of its performances
found that an irregular tempo from the rhythm section was a major
combination of Boogsie, Ray, the players of Phase II and Petrotrin
- it was difficult for us to be beaten. We had the confidence that
with all these ingredients in place, we were guaranteed success.