A double for Cheros

Flow Commancheros has made it a double in 2016 in the National Panorama Championships.

Rhythm section of FLOW Commancheros

Rhythm section of FLOW Commancheros

The junior section of the steel band first set the mood in winning the junior competition one week ago, paving the way for the seniors to follow suit in the national panorama finals held Saturday night at the National Stadium in Queen’s Park, St. George’s.

The St. Paul’s-based steel band accepted the challenge of Republic Bank Angel Harps which has been the dominant band at panorama competitions since its formation in 1964 to take away the crown this year.

The tune of choice for the Carenage-based Republic Bank Angel Harps which won the competition on 11 occasions was Ajamu’s “Take It,” as they had to settle in second place along with Coyaba Beach Resort New Dimension. Both bands scored 269 points.

New Dimension, formed in 1988, has ten victories under its belt at panorama.

It did a song sung by Rootsman Kelly entitled “Salute The Pan” as it tried to impress the three-member panel of judges.

Cheros rose above the other competitors with the selection “Dance” done by Calypsonian Inspector when he first entered the calypso arena just over 30 years ago.

FLOW Commancheros with their masterpiece with dance on pan

FLOW Commancheros with their masterpiece with dance on pan

With 51 players on stage, the St. Paul’s band scored 278 points, nine more than the second-placed bands.

Cheros lost the competition last year to Angel Harps by 13 points.

Arranger, Andre Greenidge credited the community support of the band for being able to win both competitions.

Greenidge who spoke to members of the media shortly after the panorama results were released said as a community-based band they had different programmes in place as part of the preparation.

“We tried to entertain the crowd, and not so often you’re able to accomplish this where you win the judges and you win the crowd. We were able to entertain the people and still put the marks on the score sheets,” he said.

Formed in 1967, Commancheros previously won panorama in 1994, 2006, 2007 and 2014.

Nine bands participated in the 2016 Panorama Championship that was sponsored by the Grenada National Lotteries Association.

Suzuki Pan Wizards of River Road had to settle for fourth place with 257 points.

Pan Ossia which scored 253 points placed fifth, while the sixth position was taken by Florida All Stars which amassed 252 points, and seventh with a score of 245 points was Rainbow City All Stars.

In eight position with a score of 217 points was Pan Lovers, while the ninth position was occupied by Grand Roy Pan Angels with 210 points.

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