US – Pan Evolution Junior Steel Orchestra revved up the audience with the tune — “Out and Bad” — putting on a “pan-tastic” performance last Saturday, to capture the overall 1st place win, beating out five other ensembles in that category, at the 10th Annual Carlos Lezama Archives & Caribbean Culture Center (CLACC-C) Children’s Festival & Youth Pan Fest in front of the headquarters on St. John’s Place in Brooklyn.
Judged on Arrangement, General Performance, Quality of Sound and Rhythm, other winners were Metro Steel Orchestra, Black Love Pantonic Steel Orchestra, Harmony Music Makers, Eruption Steel Orchestra, and Genesis Pan Groove Youth Band.
Winners in the Solo competition included Tyler Cohen, Justin Hinds, Damoi Morgan, Fayth Sampson, Nathalie Skeet-Somerszaul, and Justin Lyons.
The youngsters brought a level of skill, showmanship and focus to the competition. After a warm-up, the players went into competitive mode, reveling, as they banged out sweet notes to their selective tunes, inspiring spectators to join the exciting performances.
As the judges moved from orchestra to orchestra, the riveting music got more infectious and the cheers got louder, during the spirited competition.