rising stars

Debarah Smith greets her son, Dylon, a member of the Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra, as he arrives at King Airport on Sunday. The Rising Stars participated in a weeklong cultural exchange trip to Minnesota.

ST. THOMAS — The Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra received a rousing welcome back to St. Thomas on Sunday, after a weeklong cultural exchange trip to Minnesota.

Family and friends cheered as the band arrived at King Airport shortly after 4 p.m. — an apt reception for a band that, for the first time in its 30-year history, made its way to Minnesota to share its talents and, in turn, learn from other like-minded musicians.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email ajrao@dailynews.vi.