The band, Shining Stars Steel Orchestra, is one of the youth ministries of the Westchester United Methodist Church in the Morris Park section of the Bronx. Comprised of players ranging from 14 to 20 years old, they perform steel pan arrangements of traditional hymns such as I surrender All and Blessed Assurance. This orchestra holds regular concerts every second and fourth Sunday as well as holidays and events at the church.
But the band is certainly not confined to the Bronx. One summer, they performed at Martha’s Vineyard in the Union Chapel. They have also appeared at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, a fitting location considering the rich history of steel pan instruments.
On Saturday, the younger band, Rising Stars, will also add their joy!