Melodies & Memories at the Alpha School of Music

The students of the Alpha School of Music have been dazzling audiences with recent performances and events! In particular, there have been four memorable events within the last 3 months which have shown the high level of musical prowess which our young musicians have attained as well as the rich musical heritage of the school.

The 2024 ASOM Christmas Concert

December 14, 2023 marked the Alpha School of Music’s 3rd annual Christmas concert. The event (which was sponsored by partners such as Digicel Foundation, the Bob Marley Foundation, Sandals Jamaica and Caribshopper), featured the sounds of the Alpha School of Music (ASOM) band, the Alpha Vocational Training Centre Band, and the Alpha Community Band. Apart from a public showcase of our students’ musical abilities, the event also served as an end-of-term examination. Students, all of whom spent the previous 12 weeks preparing for this assessment, were graded on their performances along with their skills in show preparation and set-up. Their hard work shone through in their renditions of songs from Jamaican, Caribbean, South African, North American and European musical traditions; all of which were nothing less than exceptional.

Digicel Foundation’s Farewell to Dennis O’brien

With Digicel Foundation being a longstanding partner and friend of the school, it was an honour to receive an invitation to provide musical entertainment for guests at the Digicel Foundation’s Send-Off event for the company’s founder, Mr. Dennis O’brien, in January. The event not only enabled our students to pay tribute to a philanthropist whose foundation sponsored the construction of the school’s Colm Delves Centre and the Lennie Hibbert Hall, but it also allowed our students to gain greater exposure to a variety of civil society stakeholders. Digicel’s continued investment in the growth of the school is testament to the enormous potential ASOM has to expertly hone the talents of future musicians and contribute to the overall growth of the nation’s music industry.

‘One Love 79’ Birthday Celebration for Bob Marley

On February 6, our very own ASOM students performed at the ‘One Love 79’ Birthday Celebration for Bob Marley at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. Alpha’s connection to the Reggae King’s music spans decades going back to the time in which several of our own Alpha past students played as session musicians for Bob Marley & The Wailers. In more recent years, the Marley Foundation has supported us as we train the next generation of Reggae greats. Three ASOM students performed a medley of three of Bob Marley’s classics: “Waiting in Vain,” “So much Trouble in the world,” and “Redemption Song.”

Ska Night

After having its students jam out to Reggae hits at Bob Marley’s celebration, the school took us back in time to when Ska ruled the music charts. On February 28, the Alpha School of Music’s Ska Night was held in the Devon House Courtyard. Hosted by Alpha’s legendary musician Winston “Sparrow” Martin, O.D., dozens of patrons danced the night away as renowned radio broadcaster and DJ, The Captain, Collin Hines, serenaded them with a series of Ska-themed oldies but goodies. Even patrons who were unfamiliar with Ska music got in on the fun! Seasoned dance instructors were present to teach audience members classic Ska steps. A family-oriented event, it was wonderful to see both younger and older generations coming together to celebrate this essential part of our music heritage.

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