Humming Bird Pan Groove cries foul
Friday, February 28 2014
THE EDITOR: Please allow me the space and time to express the disdain with which Humming Bird Pan Groove felt we were treated by Pan Trinbago at the Panorama preliminaries and semi-finals 2014.
Bands are required to draw for positions in which they will play at each stage of the competition. At the preliminaries Humming Bird Pan Groove was supposed to play in position number ten according to the draw, however, the band that was supposed to perform in position number 8 refused to do so, even though they were present and, as such, we were called upon to perform by the officials, to which we complied.
On Wednesday February 19, 2014 officials of our band verbally complained about this breach of the rules, for which there is a penalty, and the response was that no such report was made to the Panorama Management Committee.
Further, the results of the Panorama Semi-Finals for Small Bands 2014 show Humming Bird Pan Groove as scoring 262 points thus placing number 11 and the band that placed at number ten with a total of 263 points, a one point difference, with the first ten bands selected for the finals. However the official score sheets show where Judge number five made the comment that she did not hear a modulation, meaning that in our piece we did not change keys. The statement made by the Judge is false because the piece was played in C, F minor, C and E respectively. One is left to question the ability of the judge to hear well, Are the Judges infallible? And why should a band be sacrificed for a judge’s mistake?
On Monday February 24, 2014 we received correspondence from Pan Trinbago indicating that the decision of the judges is final and binding. Is this to mean that judges can make any mistake and their decision is final and binding? Why were we not called to present our case, as is normally done at most reputable and credible competitions?
This behaviour defies the principles of natural justice and one is left to wonder about the number of unsponsored bands that face this level of disrespect because they cannot afford legal fees. And as if that was not enough, in Pan Trinbago’s response our secretary’s name was incorrectly spelt.
Secretary Humming Bird Pan Groove