Local businessmen and community organisers James Anglin and Reginald ‘Choppy’ Delaphena will be launching a musical development programme in early September of this year.
The essence of the undertaking is based on an academy style of learning, where those who exhibit talents in music will be groomed and polished in their respective discipline.
Some of the areas of focus available for those who join the institution include recording, mixing, vocal training, performance, as well as emphasis on proficiency and mastery of the instrument of one’s choice.
The men have secured a building in the Industrial Park area and are working in tandem with potential sponsors for a start date in the fall.
There will be applications available shortly, according to both men, who say they expect participation to be very robust.
‘The programme is community based and the primary focus is on getting young people involved, as they are most impressionable,’ said Delapehna. He added hat the venture would be a great source of character development and that once persons were ready, the organisation would be acting as an agent on their behalf.
‘This is so that they have something to aim for. They need to know that we are also interested in seeing them use what they have learnt here to better themselves and the community,’ said Mr. Anglin.
The men say they are still deciding on a name for the programme and will be announcing a moniker through the media shortly.
Both partners say they also espouse developing a mindset toward the business side of music and those who enrol will be challenged to also raise their acumen, as it relates to business, as well as to assume personal responsibility for their work and craft.
Mr Anglin is the father of Jamesette Anglin, a young lady who has been highly celebrated and considered to be one of Cayman’s brightest young talents. He said, ‘I want to see more of what we as a people have to offer. We have it here. We just need to foster it and bring it out.’
Mr. Delaphena explained the reasons he decided to get involved with this kind of movement: ‘During the election, I saw the need for positive activities youngsters could get involved with and as a people we should not be asking what can the government do in this regard but rather what can I do?’
The former candidate for West Bay added that when you impact lives, whether for positive or negative, it is not long before one starts to see the results.
The programme will also be offering cultural exchanges and availing persons of the opportunity to go abroad and ‘expand their horizons,’ while sharing some of what Cayman has to offer.
According to both gentlemen, prices for enrolling at the institution will be nominal and not at all prohibitive. They said that everyone was welcome and the doors were open to all, including adults.
For more information on this project and how you or your child may become involved contact: 938-1060.
‘During the election, I saw the need for positive activities youngsters could get involved with and as a people we should not be asking what can the government do in this regard but rather what can I do?’ – Reginald ‘Choppy’ Delaphena