Starlift Steel Orchestra performs in Trinidad on the weekend. (Photo: Duggie “Nose” Joseph)

Local pan side Starlift Steel Orchestra placed 15th out of the 24 steel orchestras that competed in the First International Panorama Competition in Trinidad on the weekend.

Starlift amassed 438 points, playing Alston “Becket” Cyrus’ 1995 international hit song “Teaser”.

The steel pan interpretation was arranged by Duvone Stewart and Roddy Dowers was captain of the orchestra, which appeared at position 22 in the competition.

The top position and the US$250,000 first prize went to Trinidad All Stars, which amassed 476 points.

Trinidad orchestras Super Novas (464 points) and Renegades (459 points) took the second and third place and US$200,000 and US$150,00.

Petrotrin Phase Pan Grove of Trinidad and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra out of the United Stated amassed 452 points and tied for fourth place.

The competition also saw orchestras from the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Canada, France, St. Lucia and St. Martin competing.

An international panel of judges oversaw the competition and the high and low scores were removed and the final score tabulated from the six remaining scores.

The bands were limited to 60 players.