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Rev. McDowell, pictured above left and Najay Pearce, second from right, are representing Jamaica and Alpha at a regional music technology workshop.

Alpha Institute, formerly Alpha Boys School, is pleased to announce Rev Don McDowell, Audio Engineering Instructor at the Alpha Institute and Najay Pearce, a member of the Alpha Institute’s Music Technology Class of 2017, are being supported by the British Council to represent Jamaica at the two-week-long Backstage to the Future: Caribbean, Skills Training for Outdoor Live Events workshops in San Andrés, Colombia. Pearce’s music technology instructor at Alpha Institute, Rev Don McDowell, will help to deliver the workshops in the capacity of a trainer for the regional exercise. (more…)

(Pictured above from the class of 2017  l-r: Devon Campbell, Joven McCarthy, Jordan Moncrieffe)

The Alpha Institute musicians and music director left London on Friday and carried with them back to Jamaica more than a week’s worth of memories, experiences and opportunities for growth. While Alpha’s training program helped to prepare the young musicians for this unique experience there’s nothing like the actual experience with which to learn more about yourself as a musician and to grow as a person. Please find below photos and comments from the Alpha musicians about this amazing experience made possible by Madness and Raw Materials in London and National Baking Company and Alpha Boys School Radio in Jamaica.

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(Pictured above. Alpha musicians with Jamaican songstress JC Lodge)

It’s not every day one has the opportunity to perform with one of London’s top youth and world music groups. Alpha post grads managed to do both in just a few days. This past week Alpha saxophone, trombone and keyboard players joined with the Youthsayers group for a ska workshop and last night were featured on the National Theater’s River Stage on the Thames, a summer music series that brought 1000 people to hear the Fontanelles, a Fela Kuti-style jazz band who graciously invited the Alpha musicians on stage, Check the video below! (more…)

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