Jamaica, Kingston – From the 1890’s the Alpha Institute has produced some of the world’s most respected and skilled musicians, like pioneers Don Drummond, Lester Sterling, Tommy McCook and Cedric Brooks founding members of the Skatalites Leroy Smart and drummer Leroy Wallace, among many others. The music program continues to be a trusted source of musicians for the industry. To continue this rich legacy, the Bob Marley Foundation recently gifted the institution with US $10,000.00 towards the completion of the Bob Marley Multipurpose Room and Performance Lab at Alpha Institute. The improved facility will provide (1) one teacher and up to (20) twenty students in one sitting; a suitable space for instruction and practice. The room will be insulated for audio and finished with sound absorption among other amenities and will be able to facilitate workshops, master classes and service learning opportunities.
Alpha’s proposal was selected as it is in line with the Bob Marley Foundations mandate to contribute to educational and cultural development through music. Bob Marley Foundation Relations manager Alicia Williams noted that the Foundation is certain that the donation will make significant impact as proven by Alpha’s history. She continued, “the Foundation is very impressed with the current music technology course which is geared towards better facilitating the transition from school to working the 21st century, which is coupled with the contemporary teaching tools and strategies”.
Josh Chamberlain of the Alpha Institute stated” Alpha Institute is honored for the support of the Bob Marley Foundation. Music education at Alpha is a critical piece of Alpha’s vision for social development and youth employment. We are extremely grateful to know the Bob Marley Foundation shares our vision and that Alpha students will also benefit from the vision of the experienced professionals that part of the team at 56 Hope Road.”