Check out this great new tune for steel band, by Christopher Munson! Little Cricket is a lovely, medium tempo bossa perfect for a developmental band. Need one more tune for your Spring concert? Look no further!
2015 FanPan Winners
This year's FanPan once again saw fierce competition between Leon and Matanzas high schools, with each school putting forth a formidable field of competitors. Leon, having been shut out of the top three spots from last year, was hoping to at least push one player into the top tier. So dedicated was Leon to make up for last year's shutout, that their captain MWendeln travelled to Trinidad to compete in the (actual) Panorama and to conduct reconnaissance on the bands. Well, I'm happy to report that their efforts have paid off, and Leon has taken back the FanPan crown, with MWendeln himself taking first place at 14,559 points! Rounding out the top three are the unaffiliated allisonfarrell21 at 14,292 points, and AlexKusyP4 close behind at 14,289 points.
Not surprisingly, most participants (57%) chose the Trinidad All Stars to place first this year. Perhaps not a bold choice considering the All Star's top seed after the semifinals, but nonetheless prescient. Still, many (34%) selected Phase II Pan Groove to take home the trophy. Maybe this was based on Phase II's championship in 2014. Or maybe some players are big Olatunji fans. Despers was the third most selected band to win, despite the fact that they scraped by the semis in last place, and only made it as deep as 8th in the finals. Regardless, as the winningest band in Panorama history, Desperadoes was a respectable choice. Renegades (2), Exodus (1), Silver Stars (1), and Skiffle (1) were unique choices for the diehard fans. A special shoutout to EthanWood who predicted Skiffle would overcome a perilous 9th place in the semis to win gold. A feat never before accomplished in Panorama history. Sadly, Invaders, Fonclaire, and Tropical Angel Harps had no believers. This is understandable, considering none of these bands has ever won gold, and their semifinals placements weren't particularly high. Maybe next year will prove a better environment for these bands.
This year's picks reflected a contraction over last year's picks, with more players rallying around a few select bands for the top places. For example, 6% of participants correctly chose the top three bands. This is up from 1.2% last year. Could it be that FanPan players are paying closer attention to Panorama, and have become more astute observers? Or perhaps Panorama continues to be a predictable pageant with the more popular bands taking home the honors each year, thus allowing players to better predict Panorama's outcome. I guess we'll have to wait and take a look at the trends next year, and see if 2016 will be the year of the Dark Horse.
EDIT: MWendeln has turned himself in and acknowledged he hacked in and changed his picks after Panorama results were posted. Nice try, MWendeln. And after hearing that the unaffiliated allisonfarrell21 and AlexKusyP4 are from Matanzas, that means Matanzas sweeps the top three spots with ChristianSik at 3rd! Then again, with seven periods of steel band at Matanzas, it's a little unfair.
|Rachel Palm||Matanzas 1s||13745|
|Vin Khalifa||Matanzas 5t||13461|
|Zak Shaler||Matanzas 6t||13456|
|Jay Subers||Matanzas 7t||13176|
|5 christian w||Matanzas 5t||12918|
|Kyanna Kime||Matanzas 6t||12897|
|Jake Flaherty||Matanzas 6t||12623|
|Kyle Fretterd||Matanzas 6t||10960|
|5 Tori Taylor||Matanzas 5t||10681|
New to Engine Room Publishing are three great charts from Tracy Thornton. Dain Brammage, everyone's favorite Thornton tune, is a heavy, raucous piece perfect as an opener or closer. On the other side, we've added In the Groove of Things and Mood Swings to show off the sweeter sound of your band. Mood Swings especially demonstrates the musicality of steel band with its rich orchestration and haunting dynamics. Click through and check out the YouTube links from other bands!
Engine Room Publishing has once again setup a Fantasy Panorama league for all fans to be a part of the action! If you're unable to make it to the big stage on March 1st, get involved by making your predictions and supporting your bands. Winners of the Fantasy Panorama will get ERP prizes!
For individual players, simply click "Create New Account" on the right, or visit About Fantasy Panorama for more information. For band directors, get your students involved in the storied history of Panorama by creating your own school league. Email us at email@example.com if you would like a school league. There area also lessons plans and other online resources for you to use in your classroom.
In lieu of an ad in the Virginia Beach Panorama program, this year we decided to write a simple letter to the steel band community explaining our philosophy. Have a look! And if you'll be at Virginia Beach this year, come hang out in our lounge!
Dear Steel Band Community:
We believe steel band is unique. Not only are the sounds of pan unlike any other, but steel band—like the calypsos they often play—has a story to tell. It’s a story about struggle. It’s a story about innovation. And sometimes it’s just a story about celebration.
At Engine Room Publishing we try to help tell this story. Our catalog of sheet music represents some of the freshest voices in steel band today. We work tirelessly to make new music from the United States, Trinidad, and around the world available to a larger audience. We offer generous royalties and strictly adhere to copyright law because we want steel band composers to continue what they’re already doing so well. All of this is done because we believe the steel band community is vibrant and special.
You are cordially invited to check out our catalog of sheet music, as well as our Classroom Series of method books for steel band, by stopping by to chat at the ERP Lounge, or visiting our web site.
David Knapp, President
Engine Room Publishing, Inc.
Engine Room Publishing is proud to offer new music from award-winning performer and composer Victor Provost. Magharibi, meaning "Dusk" in Swahili, is a harmonically rich piece written in 12/8 that exploits the ambiguity between 3 and 4. It features a solo section suitable for beginning or advanced improvisors. Soufrière is a haunting tune that combines a Folk aesthetic with Jazz harmonies and the Zouk rhythm of Guadeloupe. It's simple melodic structure and simple optional solo make Soufrière an excellent choice for intermediate steel bands. In addition to these exciting new pieces for steel band, Engine Room Publishing will be releasing new music by Victor Provost in the coming months!
The results from the 2013 Fantasy Panorama are in! Check out the full results here. Congratulations to Michael Holcomb from Leon High School who, despite putting Phase II in third place, still had the most accurate picks. And congratulations also go to jarlene.peralta and TahmVehl-eaze from Matanzas High School who placed second and third. Winners will receive gift certificates to Engine Room Publishing, as well as mallets from MalletMan. Thank you to everyone who participated in the league. This year's Panorama was a joy to watch, and we hope you had as much following it as we did!
For the third year in a row, Engine Room Publishing Inc. has created an online fantasy league for fans of Trinidad’s Panorama to follow the action on finals night. For pan players and those who follow steel band’s premier competition, the league offers a great opportunity to share the excitement as the event unfolds. Engine Room Publishing created the league to continue its efforts to support the connection between carnival arts and school steel bands. School and community bands are especially encouraged to participate in the league, and steel band directors may create private leagues just for their bands. Participating in the league is a great way for students to learn more about panorama, steel bands in Trinidad, and carnival in general. The top three participants will receive prizes including gift certificates for sheet music and sticks.
For more information about the league, including rules, how to register, or to create a private league, please visit http://fantasy.engineroompublishing.com, or contact David Knapp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a few things that are really great about working at Engine Room Publishing. First, we get to hang out with really talented people, and work on cool, innovative projects. And whenever a new order is placed, there is the joy knowing that a steel band out there is going to play a wonderful new chart and we had something to do with it! We built that!
Another thing that is really great is at the beginning of the year when we cut royalty checks for all the sheet music we sold the last year. We are proud to report that we are writing checks totaling just over $1000 for 2012 to 14 composers, in Europe, Trinidad and the United States! That might not seem like much, but considering the size of our community, that's great! Sometimes it doesn't feel good to spend money. But other times, especially when it's going to a community of amazing composers, arrangers and educators, it feels wonderful!
It's not just about selling sheet music for us. It's about getting exceptional music in front of more students. Thank you to everyone whose talents make this company so special. We look forward to another year of spreading the gospel in 2013. You can help us! Tell a friend about a chart you bought from us!
Engine Room Publishing is honored to have some of its repertoire chosen for the PASIC steelband literature session. Thank you to all of those within the PASIC community who have worked to advocate for pan! And thank you for making us a part of your great work! Check out the session Saturday at 2 p.m.