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First all-female orchestra participates in Trinidad and Tobago's National Panorama competition

First all-female orchestra participates in Trinidad and Tobago's National Panorama competition ( PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - As Trinidad and Tobago gets ready to welcome the world to the “Greatest Show on Earth,” the Platinum Steel Orchestra created history by being the first all-female orchestra to participate in the country's 53rd National Panorama Competition.

Recognized as the pre-eminent steel band competition in the world, Panorama is an annual Carnival music competition open to both conventional and single pan steel bands in four main categories: Large Conventional Steel bands, Medium Conventional Steel bands, Small Conventional Steel bands and Single Pan Bands.

Performing in the Eastern Region Single Pan Band Preliminary round, Platinum Steel Orchestra entertained the judges and spectators with a beautiful rendition of Super Blue's “Unknown Band,” which was enough to earn them a place in the Semi-final round of the Single Pan Band category scheduled to be held on January 24.

Led by Carlan “Panman” Harewood, Platinum Steel Orchestra operates through an all-female committee comprising of 35 band members who are determined to showcase their extraordinary talent, professionalism and quality representation of the only major musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century.

This is not the first time the twin island state has seen an all-female steel band orchestra. Many years ago, two all-female steel bands operated in Trinidad and Tobago—Girl Pat from Newtown and Laventille All Girls from Upper Pashley Street— Platinum Steel Orchestra has the distinction of being the first all-female band to actually perform in a Panorama Final.

Created in the 1930s, the steel pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago and has emerged as an important cultural representation in Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival. The National Panorama Finals will be held on February 4 and 6, while the Carnival celebrations culminate with the official festivities on February 8 and 9.

About Trinidad&Tobago

Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad&Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean nation located seven miles east of the Venezuelan coast. Ranked the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report, in 2013 and 2015, the destination’s distinct and harmonious blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and environmental treasures continue to attract travelers of all ages to its shores. Birthplace of the limbo and the world famous steelpan, the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as a diverse mix of monthly festivals and events, it’s little wonder that Trinidad is known as the “cultural capital of the Caribbean.” Sister island Tobago offers a quintessential Caribbean vibe with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco attractions. Tobago is home to the largest brain coral in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest protected reserve in the Western hemisphere, The Main Ridge Rainforest. Come and explore Trinidad and Tobago-the true Caribbean!

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