Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band turns 70

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - 1. 2. Curtis Sealy Vin­cent Wil­liam 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Bryan Fran­cis An­drew Moses Timothy Mon­de­sir Cor­nelius Simeon Reynold Fenelon Ge­orge Vi­talis John Louis

An­niver­saries are typ­i­cally marked with re­flec­tion and ex­pres­sions of im­mense grat­i­tude. Whether cel­e­brated in sim­plic­ity or in grand style, they pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for achieve­ments of the past while em­brac­ing prom­ises and hopes for the fu­ture. As the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band (RSLPB) marks 70 years of ex­is­tence, one can ex­pect fes­tiv­i­ties of ex­tra­or­di­nary pro­por­tions as the mil­i­tary band reaches this re­mark­able mile­stone.

The RSLPB was formed on 18th June, 1947 with only six young men un­der the di­rec­tor­ship of the late Nathaniel Grif­fith. The Band has grown to a mem­ber­ship of 42 (38 males and four fe­males).

Re­garded as one of the best, if not the most revered in the East­ern Caribbean, the band brings to­gether ded­i­cated and ac­com­plished musicians as well as up-and-com­ing, mo­ti­vated young men and women who strive to­wards pro­vid­ing the mu­si­cal sound­track for Saint Lu­cia, with the world as the stage on which they per­form.

A num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties have been sched­uled for this year’s cel­e­bra­tions in­clud­ing a themed con­cert, “A Night of Royalty”, set to take place on 16th June, 2017 at the Roy­al­ton Saint Lu­cia Re­sort and Spa. The hour and a half long spe­cial, which com­mences at 8:00 p.m., will fea­ture mem­bers of the band, ex­clu­sively, in never be­fore seen solo and group per­for­mances. Tick­ets to the gala event are priced at $150.

School per­for­mances com­menc­ing dur­ing the last quar­ter in 2017 un­til June 2018 are also a part of the RSLPB’s cal­en­dar of events. The zonal mini-con­certs will al­low stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents around the is­land to ex­pe­ri­ence the re­fined and re­fresh­ing sounds pro­vided by the band.

Sergeant Dyson Im­bert says, “The pur­pose of the con­certs is to in­spire and mo­ti­vate stu­dents where mu­sic is con­cerned.” It is hoped that stu­dents will get to view first-hand the ben­e­fits that can be ac­crued from the arts, with spe­cific fo­cus be­ing on mu­sic as a wor­thy ca­reer choice.

A cock­tail and awards evening, rec­og­niz­ing in­di­vid­u­als who have served the de­part­ment for over twenty years, will take place on 18th June. Eigh­teen re­cip­i­ents have been iden­ti­fied for their ster­ling con­tri­bu­tions to the Band’s suc­cess. With ex­pe­ri­ence rang­ing from twenty one to thirty nine years of un­bro­ken ded­i­cated ser­vice, re­cip­i­ents for this year’s evening of recog­ni­tion are as fol­lows: 39 years of ser­vice 35 years of ser­vice 34 years of ser­vice 34 years of ser­vice 34 years of ser­vice 34 years of ser­vice 33 years of ser­vice 32 years of ser­vice

30 years of ser­vice 10. De­land St. Jules

28 years of ser­vice 11. Peter Simeon Ju­nior

28 years of ser­vice 12. Fran­cis Delice

25 years of ser­vice 13. Gle­nis Joseph

25 years of ser­vice 14. Glenda Ro­driquez

25 years of ser­vice 15. Dyson Im­bert

23 years of ser­vice 16. Martin James

23 years of ser­vice 17. An­der­son Charles

23 years of ser­vice 18. Joel Jack­son

21 years of ser­vice

The Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band has com­mend­able rea­son to cel­e­brate as it marks 70 years of ex­is­tence.

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