Pantastic Steel Orchestra strives to retain “Band of the Year”


Pantastic Steel Orchestra

The best of South Florida’s steel pan talents will soon strut their stuff at the upcoming Miami Broward One Carnival’s annual Panorama Steel Band competition set for Friday, October 9 at Central Broward Regional Park, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This year’s bands seeking the title include Silvers Stars USA Steel Orchestra, Sticks “N” Tones, Karibbean Knights, Pantastic Steel, Tamboo Bamboo, Resurrection Steel. But it is reigning “Panorama Band of the Year” Pantastic that looks to keep their coveted title at this year’s competition. Founded in 2009, the young band serves as a musical educational learning center and experience in Opa-Locka, Miami.

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“Pan is the rhythm that fuels the lifeblood that flows through the heart of Carnival,” says Dexter Bleasdell, Steel band Coordinator.

Panorama continues to be a music lover favorite, bringing both old heads and the younger Caribbean-American pan-lovers together for a day of melodic, rhythmic and peaceful music. Not only the national instrument of the birthplace of Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago, the steel pan holds great historical significance in the world of music.

“Since its inception this instrument has taken the world by storm with its range and melody. Like reggae, this is a music of and from the people, as they strive and try to establish a culture that is truly their own, hence the ownership that is placed on the music from calypso, to Soca to Pan. We choose to share it with the world,” states Miami Broward Carnival Executive Director Sydney Roberts.

Although a part of the Carnival experience for many years, the first Panorama was not held in T&T until 1963. In Miami, steel bands were always a part of Carnival, where bands traveled from Orlando and even from New York to participate in the city’s Carnival festivities.

In addition to the soothing sounds of the competing steel bands, the night’s festivities will include a Kings, Queens and Individuals costume competition. Participants will be judged on pageantry, portrayal and creativity, while attendees can catch a glimpse of the masquerade festivities at Miami Broward Carnival on Sunday, October 11

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