Students get special visit

Music students at the George Hicks
High School were treated to a special workshop lectured by Chalice lead
guitarist/song writer, Wayne Harmond, on Monday, 24 May.

Mr. Harmon, who was fresh off the heels
of a well-received performance at the Lion’s Centre last Friday night, spoke to
the students about the joys of music and the satisfaction that comes from
mastering one’s instrument of choice.

Acting as a reggae ambassador of
sorts, the gentle natured veteran of the art form, which originated in Jamaica,
also gave the youthful audience a brief history of the genre.

“When we were young, the popular
music in Jamaica at the time was American RnB , like Fats Domino and Little
Richard, but that music was too fast for our take-it-easy kind of approach and
we slowed it down and got ska, then even slower got you rock steady, and even
slower still, gave you reggae.”

He challenged the students to
develop a passion that would compel them to be innovative and open-minded to
their approach to music.

Mr. Harmon also explained the
reason his band was called Chalice: “Like the goblet that is used in the
Catholic Church and is sipped by everyone, or the water-filled pipe Rastafarians
smoke and pass throughout their congregation, our vision was to share our

He explained to the students that
they did not have to change who they were to be successful and cited the
challenges Chalice faced for not being Rastas at a time when everyone
associated reggae music with that culture.

The front-man recalled that as a
result of being different, his band had to work harder, but ultimately the
power of the music was what made the connection with audiences.

“Be natural and remember that you
have to have something that makes you different or separates you. Stand out,”
he urged.

The Music Association Treasurer,
Spencer Merren, said: “We are pleased to be able to assist in offering students
this kind of experience and are hoping to continue this kind of partnership in
the future.”