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CASYM Steel Orchestra

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2023 Tune of choice:  Engine Room  | arranger:  Lance Maximin

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Located in the heart of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, C.A.S.Y.M. Steel Orchestra, Inc. aims to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic program to educate young people of Caribbean and Non-Caribbean backgrounds about the Steel Pan art form.

C.A.S.Y.M. Steel Orchestra is committed to positively impacting the character of our community’s youth, develop their self-esteem and pass on the tradition of achievement and success. The ultimate goal of this organization is to create an environment that fosters outstanding citizenship within our community and in turn, the nation.

C.A.S.Y.M. is the acronym for the Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement. Since its inception in 1983 as a non-profit organization, C.A.S.Y.M. has provided academic, recreational, social and cultural activities for young people in Crown Heights, Flatbush and East Flatbush sections of Brooklyn.

Through mentoring, tutoring, homework assistance, college preparation and other academic support services, C.A.S.Y.M. strives to foster learning, and to enrich the education experience of youth. Its motto: "Education a Must...Drugs a Bust” is evident by the organization providing scholarships for every high school graduate in its program since 1990.

C.A.S.Y.M.’s mission is to provide an alternative to the “street life" and the organization works closely with other civic, cultural and education organizations like Crown Heights Youth Collective, Medgar Evers College and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

The C.A.S.Y.M. Steel Orchestra comprises 90-plus young members between the ages of 7 to 21. It is the most visible and successful aspect of C.A.S.Y.M.’s program and has performed throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. This professional orchestra has performed with jazz legend Lionel Hampton, the Harlem Boys choir, the Calypso King of the World -the Mighty Sparrow and calypsonian David Rudder.

The orchestra has also performed at the world famous Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden and Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia and Rutgers Universities.

Achievements include 1st place championships in the annual Steelband Panorama organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) - 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2013, and also 9th place in the 2000 World Steelband festival held in Trinidad and Tobago.


Manager and President Emeritus Williams “Jonesy” Jones passed on February 4, 2021

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