A music programme with a difference
SHORTLY AFTER Herbert Morrison Technical High School opened its doors, the then principal, James Lloyd Whinstanley, saw the benefits that could be derived from a band programme and engaged the services of Dr Judith Grimes, who at the time was a professor at Indiana State University, to assist him in start a band. In the initial stages, the band directors were chosen from Professor Grime’s programme.
However, in late 1979, Carl Mathews, who at that time was the leader of a local band, The Studs, was asked to become music director at the school. He took up the challenge and and continues to be the director of the programme today.
Over the years, the Herbert Morisson Technical High School music programme has become synonymous with excellence, having copped numerous awards in all areas of music. The school has produced many accomplished musicians, both vocalists and instrumentalists. Some are Benji, Shuga, Othneil Campbell, Howard Messam and Anna Mariah.
One of the most remarkable features of the music programme is the number of music educators who have come from it and those who have started their own programmes and are making a big difference in the lives of their students. Some of these past students are Vinton and Dwayne Haughton, Maurice Clarke and Gregory Smith.
The band performing at the school’s 10th anniversary celebration.
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