Shock Attack—their tune of choice for Panorama 2013—is placed snugly into the lap of ha-trick Panorama champs, BP Renegades Steel Orchestra, which summons the doctors, as they promise a musical cerebral haemorrhage in the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, come January 27 at the National Panorama semifinal.
Having recoiled from its Panorama demise in 2011—failing to make it to the final round first time in 38-odd years—saw the legendary Charlotte Street band return this year, 2012, better team-spirited, more professional and disciplined, musically matured, better poised…humbly accepting its fourth position.
Without a first-place for 16 years, Renegades says, “we are beaten not broken, we are hungry; this time we are fit and ready.” Pan enthusiasts following the Panorama trend will recognise that current national champion, Trinidad All Stars, is aiming to match for Renegades’ hat-trick and nine first-place crown, and, with the reunion of Desperadoes and internationally renowned arranger, Robbie Greenidge, Despers is running scared of Renegades which is gunning for its tenth first-place crown. Then, in the mêlée are Phase II Pan Groove, Exodus and Silver Stars, while Tobago, Central and South might be coming like a thief in the night, flagshipped by Redemption Sounds, Tropical Angel Harps, Fonclaire and Skiffle.
Shock Attack (the calypso) speaks of “no prisoners,” but, with musical guns blazing, Renegades’ second-time Panorama music director, Duvone Stuart speaks of player-commitment and dedication; be ever so conscious, that once practice begins, all minds are to be locked-in to the musical jail; hands cuffed to sticks.
Renegades’ pannists, mostly talented youth, says they are neither complacent nor over-confident but recognise they bear talent to “ravage a city” with ability to strike day or night.
Having recently launched its 2013 mas presentation—Once Upon a Time in De Mas—Renegades seeks to revisit some of its historical, traditional mas presentations infusing a touch of sex appeal.
Ever so mindful that 2013 is a critical year for them, deep concentration is placed on the Panorama surgical procedure to which, their second-year, first female captain (Candice Andrews) and her foot soldiers, are keeping close to heart.
The band’s president, Michael Marcano has his work cut-out for him, as the short season is upon these musical gangs readying themselves to compete against Renegades at the main correctional facility—the “Big Yard”, Queen’s Park Savannah.
In anticipation of a successful 2013 Panorama, 50th anniversary season, Renegades acknowledges its loyal sponsor, bpTT, supporters and members.
Pan rehearsals began on December 17 at their panyard, Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, with mas registration at the same venue.
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