The Panorama Championship Title has returned to the Town of St. George.
The title that evaded Coyaba New Dimension after four years is back in the heart of the city with a presentation of Soca Banton’s “When we come back.”
The Melville Street, St. George’s-based steel orchestra scored 267 points to seal the victory ahead of seven other bands.
Coyaba New Dimension made its presence felt with 63 players clad in red shirts and khaki pants, and 113 pieces of instrument to extinguish the fire on the Carenage which second-placed winner Republic Bank Angel Harps was championing.
New Dimension which placed fifth last year ensured that the Carenage fire had no chance of illuminating the National Stadium to secure a 14th title for Republic Bank Angel Harps.
New Dimension Steel Orchestra which was formed in1988 is now Panorama Champions on nine occasions.
The Panorama Titles were won in 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2012.
Coyaba New Dimension also won the bomb tune competition which is a component of the steel band competition on four occasions including this year.
An elated New Dimension Manager and Arranger, David ‘Peck’ Edwards said it is always a joy when someone is a winner.
Edwards who spoke to members of the media said while he is happy that New Dimension is the 2012 Panorama Champion, it did not come easy.
He said due to the fact of placing fifth in last year’s competition, it took them one year to prepare for this year’s championship.
“We took one year to prepare for this competition, So from August last year we practiced extremely hard. We had training programmes with our young people, and the level of discipline and commitment because excellence comes with hard work,” he said.
Edwards said it was the membership responding to the call of the leadership, and they worked in harmony as a team for one year in order to seal the victory.
The steel band manager/arranger spoke of the membership being confident of victory since the whole attitude in camp was different from last year.
He said they knew they had the quality of music and they dedicated themselves to practice on a full scale.
“We did not take this competition easy at all, as we know to get good results we have to work, and we have to be serious and dedicated,” he said.
Edwards said while they have to glorify the victory, they would not become complacent since they are aware that the other steel orchestras will be back gunning after them.
He said that from History, Republic bank Angel Harps which New Dimension defeated by 15 points is “always a dangerous band on panorama night.”
The band leader is also keeping a keen eye on Pan Ossia,
He said last year that band showed that although being small, they are powerful.
“It is a band you cannot write off. In competition you cannot write off any band,” he said.
The Tanteen-based Angel Harps that was formed in 1965 and has a membership of 73 persons managed to score 252 points.
In third position was Pan Ossia from Gouyave, St. John’s.
The steel orchestra which recognized the strides made by Olympic Medallist Kirani James scored 241 points, 11 points less than Angel Harps.
The fourth position was occupied by Grand Roy Pan Angels which scored 236 points.
In fifth position was Lime Commancheros with 235 points.
Calabash Pan Lovers which had a long absence from the championship placed sixth with 227 points.
Both Digicel Florida All Stars and Rainbow City All Stars occupied the seventh position with 223 points.
The bands were judged on arrangement that carried 40 points, general performance 40 points, tone 10, and rhythm 10 points.