Powerful Vibrations from Pembroke Hall High
PEMBROKE Hall High School won the inaugural Jamaica's Best School Band Competition last Saturday at the Countryside Club in St Andrew.
The 16-strong Powerful Vibrations (the name which they competed) topped nine rivals for the JBSB Trophy. They also won the sectional prize for Most Dedicated Band.
The band is entitled to a recording session at a studio to be decided; a bass guitar donated by veteran bassist Lloyd Parks (who was a judge along with Chris McDonald); instruments of their choice from Music Mart, and appearances on the next Ocho Rios Jazz Festival and Rebel Salute.
The prize package also includes $100,000 in airtime for a client of their choice on Sun City Radio.
The other finalists and awards are as follows: runners-up, Immediate Effect of Cornwall College were voted Most Improved and Most Disciplined Band; a day at Kool Runnings Adventure Park; a recording session, $50,000 in airtime for a client of their choice at Sun City Radio and a photo-shoot from Photodayz.
Third place went to Footprints of Dinthill Technical who received the Best Image award which earned them a recording session and photo shoot from Phototodayz.
The Livewire Unit from Wolmer's Boys School took fourth.
"Winning the competition was exciting and breathtaking. We have done a lot of work and seeing it pay off, we have accomplished what we set out to do, being Jamaica's Best School Band," said Pembroke Hall's bass player and leader Rasheed Gale.
Organiser Rayven Amani, head of Jorja Events Media, said there was enough talent and enthusiasm in the competition (sponsored by the Fab Five Band) to build on next year.
"It was an amazing experience. The camaraderie among the bands was heart-warming. The passion and enthusiasm displayed by all involved, especially teachers, band members, parents and supporters was incredible," she said.
-- Basil Walters