State-owned oil company, Petrotrin and popular pan side Phase Two Pan Groove have parted ways, ending a 15-year relationship together.
Petrotrin issued a media statement this afternoon saying that Phase Two Pan Groove has opted to work with another sponsor.
The following is the statement issued by Petrotrin.
"Petrotrin wishes to advise that the sponsorship arrangement between the Company and Phase II Pan Groove has expired and the Band has opted to continue its work with the support of another sponsor.
The successful partnership between Petrotrin and Phase II Pan Groove began in 1999 and the band has flown the Company’s flag with pride for approximately 15 years. During that period, the band has reached the final of every National Panorama Competition, has placed 3rd on three occasions, 2nd on six occasions and has been crowned National Panorama Champions five times; most recently in 2013 and 2014.
Petrotrin and its predecessor companies have long recognized the need to preserve the heritage of our national instrument and as such have been a major contributor to the local pan fraternity.
While the partnership between the Company and Phase II Pan Groove has ended the Company continues its support for the national instrument through the sponsorship of Petrotrin Hatters, Petrotrin Siparia Deltones and Petrotrin Katzenjammers. The Company will also maintain its support for 13 other unsponsored bands.
Petrotrin extends its best wishes to Phase II for continued success."