Trinidad and Tobago: Carnival Institute and the Regional Carnival (CIRC) have shared updates on the 47th Anniversary of Junior Panorama. While stating about it, the CIRC of Trinidad and Tobago said that Blue clouds and sunny skies were hosts to the 47th Anniversary of Junior Panorama, where passionate music performances from no less than thirty–three junior steel orchestras were witnessed by the Carnival Institute and the Regional Carnival (CIRC).
It informed that the Junior Panorama began with two steel bands participating in 1976. This was a joint venture between Pan Trinbago and the Carnival Development Committee. It was not until 1983 that the competition included two additional categories, which were youth groups and non-schools. These steel orchestras all vied for the 2023 titles in their respective categories of “Primary Schools”, “Secondary schools”, and under twenty-one (21) /non-schools. Several school steel orchestras competed, such as Success RC Steel Orchestra, QRC/Providence Girls, Trinidad All Stars Youth Steel Orchestra and others.
Furthermore, it stated that retaining its hold on the championship in the primary school’s category was Guaico Presbyterian Primary School with their rendition of Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart’s song titled “Same Way” and arranged by Tristan Marcano. In the secondary school category, the first place went to Naparima, Combined with Ian Alvarez’s (Bunji Garlin) song “Big Bad Soca”, whose arrangers were Shaquille Vincent and Decree Seecharan. To top off the night, the under 21/non-schools category was won by TTEC Tropical Angel Harps with Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart’s song titled “Mash up” and arranged by Jerrod Superville.
The post by CIRC concluded and said one could be forgiven for thinking that this was the National Panorama Finals as the Grand Stand shook with the stamping of feet, and the “Drag” covered with throngs of enthusiastic youth listening and supporting the sweet sounds of steel on the steel pan. This competition had electricity that kept building and culminating in a crescendo of excellent performances. Our national instrument is safe in the hands of the nation’s youth.