A more complete collection of images shot and selected for consideration in the photo essay "Hanging out in the Yard of Music"
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After drilling the band on multiple runs through their Panorama song, Len ‘Boogsie’Sharpe sits back to listen to the band’s performance.
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The panyard’s pothound, King, relaxes on a royal purple cushion in the quiet moments before a rehearsal.
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The next generation. Young players practice at Phase II's panyard.
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Devika Harewood (left) and David Ali rehearse their parts of the arrangement.
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Pan tuner Roland Harragin works on an instrument. Along with Bertrand Kelman, he was responsible for tuning the pans for this year's Panorama. He works, here, in an air-conditioned and padded shipping container.
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Pan tuner Roland Harragin works on an instrument. Along with Bertrand Kelman, he was responsible for tuning the pans for this year's Panorama. He works, here, in an air-conditioned and padded shipping container.
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As players arrive for practice, they visit the air-conditioned container where their instruments are stored. Pan tuner Roland Harragin is at centre as Keith Maynard leaves with his pan.
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An unidentified parent watches a practice in progress.
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Phase II arranger and composer Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe strikes up the band in mid-January during drills for their upcoming preliminary round performance of More Love, a song composed by Sharpe with lyrics and vocals by Black Stalin.
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Robert Thomas, an orange vendor at the yard, serves a young customer.
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Phase II arranger and composer Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe strikes up the band in mid-January during drills for their upcoming preliminary round performance of More Love, a song composed by Sharpe with lyrics and vocals by Black Stalin.
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Two weeks before the finals, judges visit the panyard to hear the band. Though they are not required to compete at this stage, a crowd has gathered to hear a competitive performance.
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Two weeks before the finals, judges visit the panyard to hear the band. Though they are not required to compete at this stage, a crowd has gathered to hear a competitive performance.
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An artist sketches the panyard as trucks leave to ferry instruments to the roadway at the Queen's Park Savannah to join the queue for performance.
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The band's supporters help players to bring the pans onstage and to position them for the performance.
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The band's supporters help players to bring the pans onstage and to position them for the performance.
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Gabriel Assing, who gathers a crew each year to load the band onto trucks, puts his weight behind getting a rack into place.
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Transportation crew secure the band's pans to the trucks that will take them to the Panorama semi-finals.
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On the track, the band depends on its fans and the crowd to move the pan racks to the stage for the semi-finals.
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Pannists wait on the ramp entrance to the stage for their turn to perform at the Semi-Final round of the competition.
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Pannists wait on the ramp entrance to the stage for their turn to perform at the Semi-Final round of the competition.
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The band's supporters help players to bring the pans onstage and to position them for the performance.
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Terry Bernard and Danica Livingston quickly buff their pans before facing the judges.
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Sharpe, impatient with the slow pace of stage organisation at the semi-finals, grabs a rack and begins pushing.
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Len "Boogsie" Sharpe conducts Phase II through their winning performance at the Semi-finals of Panorama.
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Ronald Mohammed (left) earns an admiring glance from Keith St Cyr as the band plays More Love at the Panorama Semi-Finals.
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A week before the band will perform at the Panorama Finals, the Ministry of Works visited to pave the panyard, After the works, the band is moved back into place.
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The band performs in competition at the finals of the Panorama Championships.
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The band performs in competition at the finals of the Panorama Championships.
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Gary Aboud works on dressing the band with cardboard hearts while the band assembles on the roadway outside of NAPA.
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Pans are laid out and inspected before the band is assembled and organized to go on to the Savannah track.
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Directly after the band's performance and during a radio interview, Len "Boogsie" Sharpe is greeted by National Soca Monarch champion Austin Lyons.
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Band members pack away their pans to clear the stage for Fonclaire, who will end the 2013 Panorama competition.
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Phase II players react to the announcement of their band as National Panorama winners, large band category.
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A Phase II pannist celebrates the band's victory.
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Hearts versus cameras as celebratory pannists cheer and chant with joy for the assembled media.
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Errol Skerrit, Phase II manager (centre), faces the media after the band's win at the Panorama Finals.
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After the Panorama Finals, the pans are carefully organized to be repacked into the air-conditioned containers where they will be stored until the next practice or performance,
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Phase II fans gather at the pan yard after the band's winning performance to celebrate while trucks bearing instruments and racks roll into the yard.
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