Miami Carnival brings their annual Panorama competition back to Central Broward Regional Park on Friday, October 7, 2022 from 4pm through 11pm. This annual cultural musical experience showcases the rhythms of the sweet sounds of pan music. The list of renowned bands competing for prizes and the coveted title of the 2022 Miami Carnival Steelband of the Year includes Metro Steel Orchestra, Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra, Elite Pan Stars Academy, and Melo Groove Steel Orchestra.
With a rhythm section in the Carnival Village kicking off the vibes for the evening to the anticipation and excitement of the epic special performances by Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony traveling in from Trinidad Tobago, as well as the Japanese Steelband WaiWai, this year’s Miami Carnival Panorama is a music-inspired family event not to be missed.
Did you know that the Steel Pan was invented in the 1930s on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. It is also the only instrument invented in the 20th Century. Therefore, it holds great historical significance in music and is appreciated worldwide.
“The momentum is here. We got a lot of positive feedback for Panorama’s return to Broward. Miami Carnival is the place to be in October. I urge anyone that’s going to be around to catch the best show in North America. This is a forum where the public will see what the bands have been doing this year. The Panorama is an avenue to keep steel band culture alive,” said Bleasdell. Pan is the rhythm that fuels the lifeblood that flows through the heart of Carnival,” said Dexter Bleasdell.
The Panorama competition is a massive production to assemble. According to Bleasdell, the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee plans a year out from the show. The bands also go through a series of preparations for the annual event. The practices for the big day become more intense as the date gets closer to the competition.
The Miami Carnival Panorama competition works on a point system. Judges give points on the arrangement (40 points), general performance (40 points), tone (10 points), and rhythm (10 points). Whoever has the highest score wins the competition.
“You are guaranteed to be up on your dancing. We developed a formula for a fun and well-arranged performance. It’s going to be alive and filled with energy. Our band performs year-round because we get booked for gigs and events. We are now transitioning from stage-side practices for Panorama. They have been intense but fun. We have a new arranger that came from Trinidad. He’s an amazing young guy and keeps the whole team moving at a lively pace.” said Mary Rodriguez, President of Lauderhill Steel Ensemble.
The Steel drum is an instrument people of all ages can play. The bands in this year’s Panorama have children, adults, and seniors participating in the show. Newcomers to this instrument develop a sense of pride as their skills develop. Child exposure to the steel drum is perfect because they can play this instrument into adulthood and become professionals.
“I have seen children grow into professors and musicians around the globe with the steel drum over the years. Their involvement with this instrument impacts their evolution,” said Bleasdell.
Children under 12 are free with paid adult entry.
Other Miami Broward Carnival Events
- Jr. Carnival – Saturday October 1, 2022 at Central Broward Regional Park 3700 NW 11th Street, Lauderhill, FL
- J’Ouvert – Saturday, October 8, 2022 – Miami Dade County Fair & Expo Center, Miami, FL
- Parade of Bands and Concert – Sunday October 9, 2022 – Miami Dade County Fair & Expo Center, Miami, FL