Her­bert Mor­ri­son re­ceives mu­si­cal in­stru­ments

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS - Okoye Henry Gleaner Writer

THE HER­BERT Mor­ri­son Technical High School in Mon­tego Bay, be­came the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a new set of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments af­ter for cop­ping se­cond place in the 2016 stag­ing of the Ja­maica Best School Band Com­pe­ti­tion.

The items were handed over by the com­pe­ti­tion’s cre­ative pro­ducer, Rayven Amani, to the in­sti­tu­tion on Mon­day. Among the mu­si­cal items do­nated were trum­pets, flutes and clar­inets, which Amani said are pre­sented to the top three schools in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“This is just one way of say­ing con­grat­u­la­tions to Her­bert Mor­ri­son High band that per­formed well in the com­pe­ti­tion,” said Amani.

She said she would be vis­it­ing first-place win­ners, the Al­pha Boys School (now Al­pha In­sti­tute) and St An­drew Technical High, which tied with Her­bert Mor­ri­son for se­cond place, to present their share of the prizes.

“It is very im­por­tant to have young peo­ple en­gaged in mu­sic, be­cause it helps in­crease brain func­tion, thereby lead­ing to aca­demic progress. Also, learn­ing to play an in­stru­ment takes ded­i­ca­tion and nur­tures dis­ci­pline, plus be­ing in a band im­proves com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills,” she added. Rayven Amani (front, left), cre­ative pro­ducer of Ja­maica Best School Band Com­pe­ti­tion, mak­ing the of­fi­cial han­dover of the mu­si­cal in­stru­ments to Carl Matthews, Her­bert Mor­ri­son Technical High School’s band di­rec­tor, af­ter the school came se­cond in the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

Carl Matthews, Her­bert Mor­ri­son High’s band di­rec­tor, said that he was ex­tremely proud of the band, be­cause they only had a lit­tle over two months to pre­pare.

FORCE TO RECKPON WITH

“We de­cided to prac­tice mainly ev­ery Satur­day like

from 2:00pm. to 8:00pm. We reached out to some past stu­dents for ideas and they helped with equip­ment so we could prac­tice and par­tic­i­pate. They also aided with fi­nanc­ing our trip to Kingston,” Matthews ex­plained.

He said that this was the

school’s se­cond time en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and with the help of these new in­stru­ments, the school band will be a force to be reck­oned with in fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.

“We have been per­form­ing in mu­sic com­pe­ti­tions for 35 years and ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that the or­gan­is­ers de­liv­ered,

and I en­cour­aged them to con­tinue to help de­velop Ja­maica’s mu­sic,” Matthews started.

The Ja­maica Best School Band Com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured more than 12 high schools from across the is­land who vied for top hon­ours in the month-long stag­ing that ended in April.

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