CASYM Steel Orchestra
New York Pan Big-Time at
World Steelband Music Festival
CASYM Steel orchestra is one of the premiere steel orchestras
past weekend this talented young crew participated in the WSMF held at the
world famous Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theatre in New York City.
CASYM was the sole New York representative in this prestigious festival that
fielded representatives from Trinidad, Canada and Grenada. New York is the
home of the largest and most competitive steelpan community outside of
Trinidad. The orchestra is led by Arddin Herbert who arranged both the test
piece "Pan In A Minor" and their tune of choice
CASYM already has a long history as a
big-time performer with performing credits at venues such as the Apollo
Theater, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center just to name a few.
Roberts, one of the of the orchestra's key personnel, described the band's
playing at the finals of the WSMF as a "great experience - the members of
CASYM were very excited." He also said that CASYM is looking forward
to the 2007 WSMF where they expect to win.
This year CASYM came in sixth position
with points totaling 411. This final tally is not an accurate
reflection of their pan performance on stage, as the band was penalized very
severely for not turning in a music score sheet for their test piece
performance. They received summary points of only 188 for the
test piece - as one judge opted not to award them any points at all -
because of their missing score sheet. The outcome of this competition
could have been radically different had that last judge adjudicated and
subsequently marked them. So after all is said and done, this was a
great experience for CASYM and New York pan.