Heavenly Fire Steel Orchestra, formed in 1995, is a community steel band and music program for youth. For nearly 25 years we have dazzled audiences around New England with our fun and flavorful renditions of traditional hymns mixed in with popular music, classical, Latin and of course Calypso and Soca, traditional to the steel pan (“steel drums”).
Heavenly Fire – Boston’s only steel band that is active year-round – features a vibrant and talented roster of youth and families ready to entertain and enlighten. Members of Heavenly Fire range from age 13 to 70.
Charleston Sarjeant – Director
Charleston Sarjeant Jr is a steel pannist, keyboardist, percussionist, arranger and composer based in Boston, Massachusetts. For nearly 25 years beginning at the age of 8, he has been on the forefront of New England’s steel pan scene, first as a “child prodigy” and continuing today as a leader, educator and representative of the art form.
Charleston began playing steel pan under the tutelage of his mother Debra ‘Sista D’ Sarjeant. By 1998 was arranging and directing for local steel bands. In 2001, he formed his own group, ‘Pan United’, which immediately became a top steel band in the Boston area. Charleston received many awards and commendations for his work with Pan United including in 2005 a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives for “promoting steel pan and music culture in the inner city”. That same year, he was hired by the Boston Public Schools to start a steel pan program and to teach in it, which he did for over 10 years.
Charleston plays in the Dis-N-Dat Band, a group led by his mother, where he has been the full time keyboardist since 2006. They enjoy touring and playing festivals across the United States and many engagements in New England. They have backed many international reggae artists including Anthony B, Queen Ifrica and Everton Blender. The band was recently nominated for the 2018 Boston Music Awards “International Artist of the Year”.