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Three the hard way pre-Champs session goes retro

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:03 AM
Dr Patrick Dallas, president of the KC Old Boys' Association.
Major Basil Jarrett, who heads the JC Old Boys Association.
The late Winston 'Merritone' Blake, to whom tribute will be paid at tomorrow night's Three The Hard Way at Jamaica College.
Rory, who will represent Calabar at Three the Hard Way.
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WITH THREE of Jamaica’s noted allboy secondary-level institutions at the helm of the planning, there are high expectations for tomorrow’s retro music party on the lawns of Jamaica College, Old Hope Road, St Andrew.

Dubbed Three the Hard Way, it is expected to surpass the standard set in 2015. Last year’s event was executed after a mere three weeks of planning, but this time around, the executives of the Calabar High, Jamaica College and Kingston College old boys’ associations have had a whole year to fine-tune preparations and are guaranteeing patrons a night of good music and quality entertainment.

Three selectors from powerhouse music entities are set to do the juggling tomorrow night, namely Rory from Stone Love, Dr Dre from Renaissance Disco and FAME FM’s DJ Venom. The three DJs are old boys of Calabar, JC and KC respectively.

This year, there will be a special appearance by Merritone doing a tribute to the late Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake. The party is scheduled to get under way at 9 p.m.

The ’70s, ’80s and ‘90s party is held every last Saturday before the InterSecondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’Athletic Championships.

According to organisers from the schools involved, Three the Hard Way sets the tone for “good vibes, exciting, camaraderie-filled and an incident-free” five days of Champs.

According to Dr Patrick Dallas, president of the KC Old Boys Association, the event is aimed at showing students that both rivalry and friendship have a place in the school community.

“We are using this event to show that we can be great rivals, but even greater friends, and so we hope that the party will reunite and unite old boys and their friends from what we consider the three big boys’ schools in the island.”

Tickets for the event are on sale at all three institutions, KC, JC and Calabar, as well as Genus Pharmacy in Portmore and Xtras in Mall Plaza. Admission is $1,000 presold and $1,500 at the gate.

VIP tickets are also available at $3,500. Major Basil Jarrett, president of the JC Old Boys Association, said the fundraising aspect of the partnership among the three institutions is unique, as each school has the chance to raise at least $1 million from the event.

“Although proceeds from ticket, drink and food sales on the night are shared equally among the three institutions, each association is allotted 1,000 presold tickets to sell and distribute on their own. Proceeds from the presold tickets are not shared, and so at $1,000 per ticket, that’s potentially $1 million dollars out there to be earned by each school,” he said.