THE Stella Maris Steel Band gave a delightful performance at its 10th anniversary concert at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, St Andrew, on Saturday night.
The event, Pantastic 10, saw members of the first and only Catholic steel band entertaining the audience through a range of musical genres, from gospel, classic, soul, soca, reggae and ska.
The group's repertoire began with Panis Angelicus, then Coldplay's Clocks, Harmour Love, and Tchaikovsky's Waltz Of The Flowers.
It was now time for memory lane. In between pictorial history lessons guided by Monsignor Michael Lewis, who informed the almost capacity audience that
the first song the band ever played was Oil In My Lamp. With this ska standard made popular by Eric 'Monty' Morris, the band took the concert to another level. The celebration continued with Shine Jesus Shine, Gentle Woman and Arrow's soca anthem Hot Hot Hot.
Emcee Andrew Lawrence sung a delightful rendition of The Holy City (Jerusalem) ahead of a Brazil and Stand By Me medley.
But the "Pantastic" evening will be best remembered for its second-half which featured splendid renditions of Ave Maria, That's What Friends Are For, When I Rise, and Wings of A Dove.
Lawrence gave another admirable vocal delivery with Spanish Harlem.
The dance duo of Michelle and Friend was excellent with their execution of Summer Is Champion. A group of 12 students from Immaculate Conception Prep School dressed in the national colours added a measure of patriotism with their movements to Land of My Birth.
The curtain came down on the event with another immortal ska number, Don Drummond's Eastern Standard Time.
— Basil Walters