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Recently an enthusiastic young and talented bunch of steelpan performers known as Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra captured the attention of the audience in attendance with their performance at the annual Pan Masters Steelband JamboreePositive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra is the brain child of the Cultural Academy for Excellence (CAFE) founded in 1996 by their executive director  Lorna Green.  CAFE benefits youth ages 7-18 by providing  innovative arts-in-education programs.  The curriculum focuses on academic and musical instruction.  CAFE seeks to prepare students to examine their world critically and respond to its challenges with creativity.  Students are encouraged to assume leadership; to value the opportunity for service; and, to accept, understand and appreciate the diversity of their community and the world.

Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra (PVYSO) is a respected musical group within the Maryland/Washington D.C. area.  PVYSO is comprised of the students who attend the Saturday Academy. Although music theory is required for all students, they are also taught by 'rote' (by ear).  Students are prepared to take the theory exams given here by an associate body of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Edinburgh, England. They also take the practical examination given by the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in Trinidad & Tobago.  An examiner travels to Maryland annually to administer the tests to the students.  The results are mailed back to CAFÉ from both institutions.

PVYSO performs all genres of music from classical, to jazz to gospel, to R&B to calypso. The orchestra competed in the Virginia Beach 2006 Panorama Festival, trouncing 17 bands (from around the country) to win the coveted title of “2006 Panorama Champions”. This was their first time entering any competition. PVYSO has performed from Boston to South Carolina, to Ohio. In 2002, the United States Department of State, Washington, D.C. sent 21 members to perform in Dakar, Senegal. The orchestra performed to rave reviews before thousands of Senegalese nationals, members of the Diplomatic Corp and heads of government.

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