Coyaba New Dimensions has regained the title of Panaroma champions but was forced to share the title with LIME Commancheros of St. Paul’s.
New Dimensions known as the City band due to their location on Melville Street, St. George’s, entertained the Tanteen Crowd with a rendition of “Save the Band” by Kirk Edwards while Commancheros played “Soca Feeling” by Black Wizard.
The two winning bands received 277 points each from the judges as they forced one of the favourites for the competition, Republic Bank Angel Harps into the third position.
The inspirational leader of Coyaba New Dimensions, David “Peck” Edwards said although his band had to share the title with the St. Paul’s outfit, it is still a good feeling to have one hand onto the title of best steelband in the Spice Isle.
“It’s always good when you can work hard and be victorious. It’s the first time a pan band has been winning Panaroma for three consecutive years though we have to share the title with Commancheros, but it’s a joy,” he told reporters.
Edwards said he is really proud of not only for himself but also the members of New Dimensions since a lot of hard work, preparation and discipline had to be put into the contest for the night.
The arranger for LIME Commancheros, Andre Greenidge was also approached by local reporters and he indicated that the song from Wizard was chosen to bring a new atmosphere to the Panaroma competition.
“We wanted to come and wake up Tanteen, give an electrifying performance. The whole objective is to make Panaroma a more entertaining one, without discounting the quality of the music”, he said.
According to Greenidge, as the musical maestro behind Commancheros the intention was “to get a song that the whole place could sing, from young to old – that way they could understand what’s going on in the music”.
The arranger said he felt very confident about his chances after the band got off the stage.
“I think we win by a mile and a half”, was the feelings of Greenidge even before the decision of the judges were announced.
After the victory, he told reporters that it feels good to know that the performance of Commancheros was well received.
“It feels really good to know that the quality of music that we put down was appreciated by the patrons and the judges alike. It’s not often that you get both the judges and patrons to like what is presented,” he said.
According to Greenidge, the win wasn’t a surprise to him and he is confident that next year Commancheros will retain the title without any tie.
Angel Harps received 272 points for its 3rd place position, Pan Ossia came in fourth with 255 points, fifth was Rainbow City All Stars (236 points), Pan Lovers (231 points) came in sixth and Florida All Stars and Grand Roy Pan Angels came in eighth with 229 points.