65 members of the Starlift Steel Orchestra journeyed to Trinidad today to participate in the Inaugural International Conference and Panorama competition, the world’s largest steel pan competition.

The Starlift Steel Orchestra will compete with an 8 minute arrangement of Alston Beckett Cyrus’ “Teaser.” They will face steel bands from all corners of the world including Asia, Europe, North America and throughout the Caribbean.

The conference will open with a ceremony on the 4th of August, followed by the grand opening of the Steel Pan Village on the 5th, 3 additional days of conferences, a Pastiche Steel day, Single Pan day and then concludes with the International Panorama Competition on the 9th. The conference serves to commemorate over 75 years of pan and 50 years of Panorama in Trinidad & Tobago.

Local pan stars Rodney Small and Reajhaun Baptiste are a part of the Starlift contingent.