Music Program of B’dos Community College assisted by Barbados Jazz Society
The Barbados Jazz Society presented the Barbados Community College music program with a Roland Cube 120XL bass amplifier. The presentation took place at the March BJS Member’s Jazz Mingle, hosted at her home by BJS President Anne Smith. Roger Gittens, head of the music program, was on hand to receive the amplifier.
Gittens observed; “The staff and students are greatly appreciative of the gift of a Roland Cube 120XL bass amplifier to the music program. This amp will improve the sound of the several ensembles that use an electric bass. The BCC’s Music Department looks forward to the continuing relationship with the Barbados Jazz Society as we both seek to enhance the live music offerings in Barbados as well as develop the next generation of musicians.”
Twenty-eight BJS members and guests enjoyed the open bar, delicious food, and live jazz music by Kwaku Jelani on trumpet, Ricardo Bryan on keyboard, and Jarad Greaves on electric bass – all BCC graduates. The trio entertained with their creative arrangements of old standards and original compositions; Kwaku Jelani’s ‘made-up on the spot’ tune was a favorite.
The Barbados Jazz Society is committed to supporting the educational and professional development of up and coming Jazz musicians. The BJS has established a fund for the purchase of instruments and electronic equipment for the BCC program. The fund is supported solely by BJS members and friends who give generously at the regularly-held Member’s Jazz Mingle events.