Trommy wants to give back

Trommy wants to give back

Observer writer

Monday, June 11, 2018

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Trombonist Derick “Trommy” Hinds, who has resided in the United States for more than 30 years, has decided to return to Jamaica and teach aspiring musicians.

“My main aim and objective is to return to Jamaica to teach music, especially to the youngsters at a high school,” he told Jamaica Observer.

Hinds, who reads and writes music, is a former member of the Jamaica Military Band, which he left after 10 years, in 1980.

He would love to work with Jamaica's emerging horn players.

“I certainly would like to play with a new generation of horns men to improve their standard of playing. That would be part of my giving back something to the island, as I would teach them the ways and art how to produce backing music especially for singers,” Hinds said.

He bemoaned the lack of horns in contemporary reggae.

“Majority of these bands in Jamaica lack horns men to give the music a sweet blend. In former years in the '60s, '70s and early 1980s there were many bands in Jamaica with horns men, but now they are playing without any. When you listen to today's music you can hear and feel that there is something missing and that's the horns sound,” he said.

After leaving the military band, his first gig was with the One Love Band, resident musicians at the Drifters Club in Negril.

Hinds' recent work includes the song Jamaica The Beautiful, which he submitted for the Jamaica festival contest. It did not make the final cut.

“I will be trying again next year and hope that my second attempt would be more successful,” said Hinds.

His third album, I Love Jah, will be released soon. His previous albums are Music For Life and Message Man.

Born in Jones Town, Kingston, Hinds has played in several bands including Soul Syndicate and Byron Lee and The Dragonaires.

His recording credits include The Gaylads' My Jamaican Girl and Baltimore by The Tamlins.

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