The just-concluded 2013 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival should leave members of the Herbert Morrison Technical High School Band with pleasant memories as the young musicians got a chance to meet the legendary Third World Band, arguably one of the most potent forces in reggae music.
The students, who received many tips from the 40-year-old show band dubbed 'The Reggae Ambassador', earned the opportunity to engage in the meet-and-greet session courtesy of communication company Flow as a reward for the band's success in a competition that the company introduced for schools last year.
"I was really excited to be a part of this activity," said 16-year-old Kyle McKenzie, a drummer in the school band. "I am very passionate about music, and I see this as a great opportunity to learn as much as I can from experienced musicians."
The members of the school band - Oshane Love, Akeeve Barrett, Jonathon Rankine, François Brown, and Kyle Mckenzie - were accompanied by their band leader, Carl Mathews. They received ideas and tips from the legendary group.
SHARING INDUSTRY INSIGHT
In sharing his experience with the young musicians, bass player Richard Daley told the group about Third World's genesis in the 1970s. He also shared industry insights with the youngsters, who have been members of the school's band for most of their high-school life.
"I feel really good about this experience … . We do these kinds of workshops all around the world," said Daley. "When you see young people doing music and you see them grow, it is very inspiring. I will definitely be looking out for this group in the next five years."
The Herbert Morrison Technical High School Band has produced accomplished musicians such as Benjy Myers, Howard Messam, and multi-award-winning singer Steele. The band has been a recipient of the Silver Musgrave Medal for its contribution to the teaching and development of music.
CAPTION: Third World drummer Tony 'Ruption' Williams (left) takes a minute to greet Kyle Mckenzie, one of the drummers in the Herbert Morrison Technical High School Band, at a private session last week. Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions, had arranged for the students to meet the iconic reggae band ahead of their performance at the 2013 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. - Contributed