Spectators came out in droves on September 16th to experience Belize’s steel bands beat out lively renditions of the hits- both old and new. The concert played on well into the night peaking past midnight with Pandemonium. The Pandemonium Steel Band is coordinated and managed through a partnership between RESTORE Belize and NICH with funding from UNICEF as a tool for social outreach to socially vulnerable populations.

These skillful students are taught for free by a masterful musician whose enthusiasm, patience and dedication are evident when he leads. Alex Evans has been their primary instructor since the beginning of the programme and can be seen at the front of the stage directing and performing with his students. Members of the Pandemonium senior band Josh Herrera and Kandice Escalera also teach and help manage the band, and together, these dedicated instructors have helped students hone their abilities and fall in love with the pan.

 

Pan Yaad 2017 truly was an event to remember for musicians and audience members alike. Members of Pandemonium, in particular, will take a break after the past few weeks of intense practice before taking up their sticks again - this time to prepare for a UNICEF event. After that, they have one last concert scheduled for the year; that is their annual Christmas Concert.  

Videos and pictures from Pan Yaad can be accessed on our FaceBook page. To find out more about the steel pan programme, click here.