Members of the Combined Force Jamaica Cadet Band Band performed on Saturday at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay.
MONTEGO BAY, St James – As part of its strategy to recruit new members, the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) Band Battalion is looking to strengthen its core by establishing a band in West Jamaica.
“What we’re doing is we’re trying to start another cadet marching band in West Jamaica. We see the need for it, because of course because of what’s going on in the country, students are in danger, so we are trying to intervene with these students to get them off the road and give them something positive to look forward to,” Lt. Col. Alvin Reid told the Jamaica Observer Westwhile he and the band members were in Montego Bay last Saturday.
He pointed out that if the JCCF gets the support, the group would “seriously consider” starting a group for the western end of the island.
On Saturday, the band members showed off their talents at the resort as they performed for the public.
The hope is that potential members between the ages of 12 and 16 will have seen what’s going on and will be interested in being part of the organization, Lt. Col. Reid said.
He was optimistic that the JCCF would get applicants from West Jamaica, as he expressed hope that the ability to gain certification under the program will persuade young people to join.
“Students are exposed to life skills such as first aid, they are also exposed to, of course, music and the critical aspect of music is that their certification is equivalent to CXCs,” Lt. -colonel.
Teaching, he added, is free, pointing out that the JCCF has qualified instructors ready to teach.
“We teach them for free, the only thing they have to do is pay for the exam. The cadet force provides the instruments and we provide the training and we have adequate instructors equipped to teach these young people,” he said. -he adds.