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Schools band contest starts tomorrow

Friday, March 14, 2014    

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THE inaugural Jamaica's Best School Band competition begins tomorrow with eliminations at Pembroke Hall High School in Kingston.

Bands from 13 high schools will compete for prizes including instruments donated by Music Mart, an appearance at next year's Rebel Salute and recording sessions with producers Mikey Bennett and Paul 'Computer Paul' Henton.

Rayven Amani, who conceptualised the competition, says getting youth interesting in playing instruments is its primary focus.

"We'd love this to be the Music Champs. Look at what Champs (the annual Boys and Girls Athletics Championships) has done for our athletes, we can do the same for music," she told Splash.

The finals are scheduled for April 13 at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts when the last four schools face the judges.

Jamaica's Best School Band competition was launched March 1 at Music Mart in Kingston. Cordel Green, director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and Frankie Campbell, of the Fab 5 Band, were among the speakers.

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