Pan United Youth Movement

What is the YES Orchestra?

The YES Orchestra is an all steel drum ensemble open to Sacramento Youth. Students in the YES Orchestra have access to a wide selection of steel drums.  Both technical instruction and life skills are emphasized during rehearsal and performance.

Hiram Johnson High School students participate in the Y.E.S. Orchestra through the ASSETS after school program under the direction of Shawn Thwaites. As Sacramento’s first steel pan drum orchestra, they will be playing at local cultural festivals, street fairs, and high school events in the future. They have a goal of one day playing at Disneyland.


Upcoming Event!

Come join us for the Benefit Concert for the Y.E.S. Orchestra at the Guild Theatre on Saturday May 19th at 7:00 PM. Concert tickets are $15 in advance and are available online or at Underground Books, 2814 35th Street, next to the Guild Theater. The Shawn Thwaits Rebel Quartet will be headlining the show playing songs off their album NEW LIFE. The Youth Empowerment Steel Orchestra from Hiram Johnson High School will be making their first public appearance. The Royal Tribe Dance Crew will be opening the evening.    All net proceeds and sponsorship donations will go to maintaining and adding additional steel pan instruments, thus allowing us to grow the Y.E.S. Orchestra. Tickets are $20 at the door.