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Keeping music alive | ESHS hosting fundraiser to replace instruments

ESHS students.

In a quest to keep its music programme alive, the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) is getting ready to host a benefit concert on Saturday (June 16) to replace the school’s musical instruments lost during last year’s disasters.

The event is being held at the Tortola Pier Park at 6pm and patrons are being told to expect a packed entertainment schedule which will include more than 15 alumni presentations.

The entrance fee will be a donation of no less than $10.

Weather impacts

Bisa Smith, who is a school guidance counsellor and one of the organisers of the event,  said the August floods ‘completely’ wiped out their art department and the hurricanes ‘took away the school’s band room’.

“So, we lost our band room plus all our instruments … and we don’t want that programme to die,” she said.

Smith said because of the setback, the school’s seasonal fundraising activities such as Christmas and spring concerts were scrapped.

Music is the core of ESHS

ESHS Principal, Sandy Underhill told BVI News that music plays a pivotal role at the educational institution.

“The music programme is the heart and soul of our school. Students who went through the music programme can argue easily that the discipline that they learned from being able to play an instrument distinguished them from the other students in the school,” she said.

According to Underhill, the programme has also produced a number of the top musicians in the territory. She said ESHS bred the majority of the members of VIBE and Showtime bands, among others.

Underhill said the music programme is still active albeit being significantly scaled down.

She said the senior students and their assigned instructor were able to utilize their personal instruments to continue the music programme at the ESHS.

However, the school hopes to expand their music programme from its pre-hurricane standing by the start of the new school year.

Principal Underhill said following the concert, a meeting will be held to determine areas of priority to overhaul the school’s music programme. However, the overhaul will be largely dependent on the number of funds raised.

Each year, ESHS music students sit the Royal School of Music exams, which, effectively, is the UK equivalent to the regional Caribbean Examinations Council music exam.

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  1. Facts says:

    ESHS is not hosting a fund raiser. It is being hosted by past alumni. And no it is not in conjuction with Min of Edu.

  2. yes yes says:

    She said ESHS bred the majority of the members of VIBE and Showtime bands. BUTTTT only 1 or 2 if any were on the High School Band selwood was less

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow! wow! wow!! What cut throats!!

    Shining star examples of the Black mans’ problem. A problem that will keep him marginalized for centuries more so, as all others organize, thrive, mobilize and move forward.

    So, so many of us BVIslanders have and continue to experience and live such horror, that reading the responses here bring back nightmares.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow! wow! wow!! What cut throats!!

    Shining star examples of the Black mans’ problem. A problem that will keep him marginalized for centuries more so, as all others organize, thrive, mobilize and move forward.

    So, so many of us BVIslanders have and continue to experience and live such horror, that reading the responses here bring back nightmares.

    We are so deficient in civility in public, private or media.

    We get a good high [check latest scientific research] only when we think, speak and blog ill of others.

    We so wish for a different day of the mind. Perhaps a day should be set aside for a reminder of mind development day, where everyone stay home and read..

  5. Jeezumbree says:

    Just come out and support the kids. Who cares about all the background noise

  6. . says:

    I am sick to my stomach, why all the negative vibes for even a benefit concert for such a worthy cause. I wish some of you can just a take deep breath before you start vomiting.

  7. lol says:

    “..She said ESHS bred the majority of the members of VIBE and Showtime bands…”

    What am I reading here lol.

    BVIHS (now ESHS) Band Alum

  8. hmmm, says:

    come on is it so hard for some people to just stay still and leave some people be

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