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The Mosaic Big Band, which included PTA President, David Weatherhead (left) and Andre Woodvine (right) were the real deal, with refreshing arrangements for classics such as ‘Beautiful Barbados’, performed by Emile Straker himself.

 
   

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Kolij talent thrills with Mosaic

3/14/2014

Better known for producing outstanding scholars and athletes, Harrison College’s past and present students proved that they are also masterful musicians, when the Harrison College Parent Teacher Association presented ‘Mosaic – From classics tuk jazz’, last weekend at the Frank Collymore Hall.

Along with an augmented HC School Orchestra and the Mosaic Big Band, thrilling performances across a range of genres were delivered by Kolij alumni, many of whom are household names locally, regionally and even internationally. Old Harrisonians gracing the stage included John Roett, Adrian ‘Boo’ Husbands, Roger Gittens, Andre Woodvine, Ricky Brathwaite, Smokey Burke, Adrian Green, Ayana John, Debbie Reifer, members of Nexcyx and others, with special appearances by Rosemary Phillips and Emile Straker on Saturday night.

Master of Ceremonies, Andrew Pilgrim, Q.C., drew on his considerable acting talent to keep the large audience as entertained by his banter and a capella ditties as mesmerised by the music on stage.

The two-night event, held under the patronage of Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, served a dual purpose – raising funds for the Harrison College Music Programme and paying tribute to the late retired Headmaster Albert Williams and the late Music teacher at the school, Janice Millington-Robertson.

Williams is credited with introducing Music to the Harrison College curriculum, while Millington-Robertson, a noted musician in her own right, was a driving force behind the programme and a strong influence on many of the musicians who performed on stage last weekend.

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