BP Renegades take first place in “TSTT Pan In the 21st Century”

Mr. Samuel A. Martin, Chief Executive Officer of TSTT presented the members of BP Renegades with the $50,000 grand prize in the "TSTT Pan In the 21st Century" competition. BP Renegades, one of the country’s oldest steel orchestras, copped the first prize playing the Joey Lewis tune, "Pint O’Wine". The Charlotte Street based band emerged victorious almost ten points ahead of Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars who placed second. In the TSTT Pan Down Memory Lane Competition for single pan bands which was also held on the same evening, La Horquetta Pan Groove and Laventille Pashphonics tied for first position.

TSTT has sponsored the Pan In the 21st Century and Pan Down Memory Lane Competitions since its inception in 1998. Since 1999, TSTT has been the sole sponsor of the competitions which has grown considerably with a record number of 34 conventional bands and 26 single pan bands participating in the preliminaries this year.

These competitions give pannists more opportunities to refine their talents, encourages the discovery and development of new talent; demonstrates the versatility and range of the national instrument and ensures that the musical legacy of pan is passed from generation to generation.

The results of the 2003 TSTT Pan In the 21st Century and Pan Down Memory Lane are:

Conventional Steelband orchestras:

1. BP Renegades - Pint O’Wine 280

2. Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars - How Great Thou Art 270.5

3. Tied - Exodus - What the World Needs Now 268 &  BWIA Invaders - Wanna Make Love To You 268

5. Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove - Dancing Queen 261

6. Arima Angel Harps - Heroes 257.5

7. Excellent Stores Silver Stars - Begin the Beguine 254

8. Birdsong - When Somebody Loves You Back 253

9. PCS Starlift - Lately 251.5

10. Sforzata - Ben 251

11. Tipica - Hey Jude 250

12. Tropical Angel Harps - Moon River 247

Single Pan Bands

1. Tied - La Horquetta Pan Groove - Fantasy 274 & Laventille Pashphonics - Careless Whispers 274

3. Tied - Angostura Woodbrook Playboyz- This Nearly Was Mine 271 & Laventille Serenaders - Imagine 271

5. Arima All Stars - Somewhere My Love 265

6. La Creole Pan Groove - How Great Thou Art 266.5

7. Woodbrook Modernaires - Walking in Rhythm 265

8. Arima Marsicans - Chiquita 262

9. Dale Whyte’s Family and Friends- Young Love 260

10. Trinidad Nostalgic - A Portrait of My Love 258.5

11. Trinidad Eastside Symphony - Walk on By 255

12. Star Sapphire - Penny Lane 242