Silver Stars put fans in a frenzy

By Michelle Loubon, Trinidad Guardian, January 16, 2005

"Oohs" and"Yeahs" erupted as Excellent Stores Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, 2004 champs in the conventional medium band category, played its last "frenzied" note at the Tragarete Road, Woodbrook, panyard on Friday. Pan lovers and supporters who had pressed into the compact yard, partied on the makeshift stage, waved their blue bandannas near the bar, and swayed under the laden breadfruit tree. Replacing her red Revue costume with a yellow T-shirt, former Calypso Monarch Denyse Plummer danced and pranced in the rhythm section, as they rendered her popular selection Frenzy, written by Mark Loquan. Earlier on, Plummer said: "I am honoured that so many bands have chosen my song. I try to wave for all of them. Thanks to all of the bands that chose Frenzy." Though pleased at the crowd response, arranger Edwin Pouchet said: "It's difficult being defending champions. I prefer to be competing. "Anyway, I introduced an African, Latin and pan frenzy part. Then I introduced a frenzied pass. I am optimistic." A few hours earlier, female arranger Avis Bruce had been polishing the performance, in preparation for the judges at Casablanca, 31 Belmont Circular Road, Belmont.

Bruce, 30, who had arranged for San Juan Eastside, said: "I did not choose an old song. I chose something new. New song...new arranger and I like the aspect of Frenzy. It is challenging. The music will tell for itself." Further along at Belmont Fifth Dimension, Serraneau Road, St Francois Valley Road, Belmont, harmonious notes of My Fantasy, by Clive Sealey, lured the community to the pan theatre under the direction of arranger Brian "Bean" Griffith. It wasn't by coincidence that scores of children were among the audience. Member of the rhythm section/PRO FitzRoy Cambridge said: "We are especially trying to get the children involved. We are trying to make ourselves a special community, by encouraging the children not to have babies in their teens. "We are trying to get YTEPP in the panyard. We are working with three groups of young people, including the St Francois College Junior Band."