Music

And the beat goes on

School band competition starts

BY BASIL WALTERS
Observer writer

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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The Jamaica Best School Band (JBSB) competition, which provides a platform for high schools to showcase their musical talents, kicks off today at Pembroke Hall High School in Kingston.

Conceptualiser/organiser, Rayven Amani, said she is grateful for the support she has received over the past six years.

“It (JBSB) is my brainchild, but I could not do it without the help of a lot of people…and so we are looking forward to have all Jamaicans on board to keep this vision going in order to preserve the foundation of the music,” Amani told the Jamaica Observer.

The media launch for the sixth season was held Monday at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston. Music business insider Clyde McKenzie, who gave the keynote address, spoke about the importance of the JBSB.

“What Rayven (Amani) has been doing for the past six years is really something that is worthy of commendation. The media oftentimes don't support and embrace that which is wholesome. We have to be careful of the things that we offer to our society. It is important to support what Rayven is doing. The opportunity that is created by this venture is really important. One of the ways to reduce violence in the society is through music... If you want to break the cycle of poverty and violence is through the intervention of music,” said McKenzie.

Representatives of the Jamaica Association of Composers Authors & Publishers (JACAP), Steven Stewart and Keneisha Hewitt, as well as the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office's (JIPO) Sophia Clark-Brown also endorsed the competition.

Today will see the first of two preliminary rounds, and features 2016 champions Alpha Institute, York Castle High, Camperdown High, first-time entrants Mona High, Kingston High and Papine High. The second round will be at Glenmuir High on March 22; teams here are 2017 champions Enid Bennett High (formerly Bog Walk High), Belmont Academy, Glenmuir High, St Jago High and Foga Road High.

This season's winners will receive recording and production of their original song and a music video courtesy of Irie Yutes Records; instruments from Music Mart, trophies from Royale Trophies, and make a guest appearance at the IRAWMA Awards courtesy of Alpha Studios.

The sectional categories are: Most Disciplined Band, Most Improved Band, Most Outstanding Performer (male and female), Band with Best Image; and Best Band Leader.

Last year's winner Seaforth High will not defend their title. A number of their members have graduated and the band is in a rebuilding stage.


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