In their quest to pull off the beaver trick, the 52-member band, led by arranger Seion Gomez, captured the crowdâs attention from the time their pan sticks greeted the shiny metal in front of them at the Victoria Park, on Thursday, July 5, at the Steel and Glitter show.
Playing âPan Revolutionâ by calypso artiste Rejector, the bandâs bright facial expressions and huge smiles reflected their stylish and precise playing.
The jubilant group members, who went wild when the winner was announced, could hardly contain themselves when it was time for a group photograph to be taken.
Sion Hillâs arranger Seion Gomez said that the band worked extremely hard this year and did not take their competition lightly.
“We are really happy that we won. We feel as if we have achieved…,â Gomez said.
Gomez, who has been the arranger for the band for the past five years, added that they try to come up with something different each year and try to approach the competition the same way.
“Anybody could win. We never think we are the only band in there, so we always come prepared knowing that there are six other bands,â he added.
Senior member of the band, pan sensation Rodney Small, admitted that although he is happy for another win, he is getting too accustomed to the feeling.
“To the back of my mind, I always say great preparation brings great success, so we kinda expected it and that is why we do not take things for granted,â he said.
The other pan sides in the competition were: the Scotia Bank South East Steel Orchestra, who gave a good account of themselves with their rendition âPan Dreamâ by Skarpyon, Dynamic Stars of Union Island with âWoodlice in my pocketâ by Defoe, and Mustique Charitable Trust Georgetown All Stars with “Wake Up the Partyâ by Scorcher.