A mu­sic pro­gramme with a dif­fer­ence

Jamaica Gleaner - - HISTORY -

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.

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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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