JCF launches summer music camp

August 11, 2020
A member of the JCF Band instructs participants in the summer camp.
A member of the JCF Band instructs participants in the summer camp.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) launched the first of its kind 'Music Camp 2020' at the JCF Band Division Headquarters in Kingston Gardens, Kingston, on Monday.

The camp is a project of the Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), which is being funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

The project will run for one year, however, the initial camp will last for two consecutive weeks. Thereafter, the camp would be hosted on specific days and times.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Winston Woolcock, head of the JCF Band Division, told the 20 participants that the camp would be 70 per cent practical, and 30 per cent theory.

Skilfully crafted

"Two weeks is too short to teach or learn all that you need to know, hence the programme has to be skilfully crafted," he said.

The 20 participants, 15 boys and five girls, range in age from 12 to 17. They will be taught lessons such as introduction to instruments, care and handling of instruments and how to play major scales and simple songs, among others.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of the CSSB, Ealan Powell, thanked the JSIF for their commitment in funding the camp as well as for donating instruments to aid in the development of the young musicians.

He encouraged the participants to make the best of the programme, stating "Whether you play (music) in church or at the biggest concert in Madison Square [after this], we want you to remember where it started. When you return to church, pastor should ask where you went over the holidays."

Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake commended his team of officers for finding such unique avenues to direct and engage children in light of COVID-19--which has resulted in students being out of school since March. He also applauded the CSSB team for observing and ensuring the protocols as it relates to the number of participants, sanitization and the wearing of masks, among others are upheld.

Social officer from the JSIF, Tamoya Miller, congratulated the participants and lauded the JCF for having the only music camp of the seven summer camps being funded by JSIF. Ramone Campbell, 15, camp participant, beamed with excitement as he thanked the JCF and JSIF for what started off as an idea, becoming a reality.

"It means you (JCF and JSIF) care and we appreciate you. Thank you so much and our best days are ahead," he said.

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