SCHOOL BAND ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA 

 

J.B.S.B (Jamaica Best School Band) is an Inter High School Stage Band Competition and Programme

The competition features schools from across the island, taken through four rounds of performances for our judges, music icons Mr. Lloyd Parks, Ibo Cooper, audiences of our peers, teachers, family members and the general public. 

The Programme

To start each season organizers along with a team of music industry professionals, visit all participating schools in what is called “Pre-Competition School Tour”, here representatives of partners like the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors & Publishers (JACAP), Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Broadcasting Commission (BCJ), Taylor Made PR & Events Management, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA), Music Business Attorney Kristin Lewis, Master musicians Everol “Sting” Wray, Othniel “Taddy P” Campbell. They engage students in presentations on “Protecting Intellectual Property”, Role of a Publicist”, “Copyright” and more. 

Reach 

J.B.S.B is the brainchild of recording artiste/songwriter Rayven Amani who took on the arduous task of travelling to schools all over the island working with music teachers to form and groom stage bands. 

Since launching in 2014 she leads the team of project manager Ms. Michelle Francis, production manager Mr. Chris Cranston, schools liaison officer Mr. Peter Wilson, coordinator Mr. Jordane Higgins,  working in over one hundred (100) schools islandwide with over eighty (80) schools participating in the programme to date. This means the competition reaches over seven hundred school band members and a wider school population of approximately 160,000 youth . 

J.B.S.B is covered by prominent national media houses and popular entertainment programmes like OnStage TV, The Release (CVM) Smile Jamaica (TVJ),  and is being developed to be aired as a television series. 

Top bands performs on events like Rebel Salute, Tarrus Riley & Friends, Reggae Sumfest to audiences of over 20,000 people 

Analysis 

From our many visits to various schools we have seen the need for more support for music programmes, music teachers and students. Challenges range from lack of equipment, instruments, limited space, budget constraints to migration of teachers. 

Though there are a large number of schools in need of assistance, we find that informing and or educating some administrators, students, parents on the benefits of  having a comprehensive music programme would be necessary for support /donations to serve the purposes intended or to have the desired impact. We have seen some improvement over the years, due to the positive transformation of a large number of our participants.. A number of band members are now attending the Edna Manley College, some are now playing with top acts like Buju Banton, Agent Sasco, Koffee, Queen Ifrica, Ikaya to name a few.