Soca superstar Machel Montano arrived at the George Street, Port-of-Spain panyard of Blue Diamonds Steel Orchestra around 7.40 pm on Sunday night creating hysteria among the players when they realised he had come out to support them.
It was a surprise visit by Montano.
Montano arrived at the panyard as judges were preparing to adjudicate Blue Diamonds for the Panorama small steelpan preliminaries.
Last month, Montano became the Blue Diamonds' benefactor after reading a Guardian Media article highlighting the financial woes of the unsponsored steelpan side.
He had gifted the band with some new steel pans, a new trap set, a banner, and jerseys for all their players.
On Sunday they got something even more.
Montano arrived at the panyard wearing the same jersey as the players.
When they realised it was him the players and supporters alike gathered around Montano to take photographs.
After posing for several photos and giving hugs and high fives, Montano then made his way to the back of the band as the band prepared to play.
Blue Diamonds played Montano's 2008 song "Blazing the trail" arranged by Triston Marcano for the judges.
During the performance, Montano made his way to the front of the band cheering them on as they played.
"The players did not know he was coming. But when they saw him he immediately raised their energy, it was a pleasant surprise," Blue Diamonds captain Wayne St Clair Babb told Guardian Media.
The majority of Blue Diamonds pan players are teenagers.
"Imagine one of the biggest soca artistes taking time out to come to George Street just to see them play, that is something they will always remember," the band's secretary Judith Chambers said.
After the band played for the judges, Montano hung around the panyard and started an impromptu rhythm section with them.
The children went wild.
He then took photographs, including several selfies, with the players.
Montano said he felt it was his duty to help the band and its young players.
"Anything for music and pan is our foundation, that is our national instrument. It was brought to my attention they are playing 'Blazing the Trail', and if you want a young side like this to blaze the trail then somebody has to help them cut the grass to pass," Montano said.
"So I feel like I was just doing my duty and being part of the picture because it was probably a match made in heaven, the right choice and the right time. Once you have the right people in the right place and the right time, it is success," he said.
Montano said communities like George Street need to be paid attention to because sometimes they could be forgotten.
"This is where the youths are transforming their talents musically and turning it into life skills. A lot of these people will come out here and be stars in the pan world, the young arrangers, the young players. I am watching some of them and their character alone just looking like they will be greats," Montano said.
"They love it with a kind of intensity because sometimes they have to hold on to something like this when you are in these parts of town, where you know violence and crime are distractions and noise, so it is a beautiful thing and I just like being part of that," he said.
Montano said the Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness is set up to give people a fighting chance to succeed.
"This is what the foundation is for to give people who might not ordinarily have the chance to succeed, give them sort of the encouragement to not be mediocre, to be great," Montano said.
"We have to give them the chance to dream big and not feel like anything is limiting them or they have any limitations, once they work hard and they show promise there will be a foundation that will come underneath them and give them something on which they can build upon," he said.