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The Maestro Speaks of His Musical Journey

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Feb 27, 2014
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9781491859032
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This book demonstrates that one is capable of achieving any goals, that one sets for him/herself. I hope it will be an inspiration to others, as they journey along the pathways of life.

This book summarizes the achievements, the difficulties and sometimes struggles that were encountered along the way. It speaks of anxiety, fear, anticipation, but never apathy. There were times of restlessness, working and studying until the wee hours of the morning, just to meet the class assignments. Those were used as motivation to succeed.

The vagaries of the weather in the UK and its unpredictability, played a part in my planning every move and decision. That too helped me to realize the nature of things and how essential it is to prepare, if possible, for the future.

It is indeed a wonderful feeling, when one is able to look back over many years on a long journey and a productive life, and feel satisfied that something of note has been left behind.

I trust this book will give food for thought and be of help to others
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Pubblicato:
Feb 27, 2014
ISBN:
9781491859032
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Libro

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Joseph (Joe) Benjamin Williams, was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 1933. Upon the death of both his parents, he moved to Kingston, where he attended school. He subsequently joined the Jamaica Military Band. He won a scholarship to the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, England, 1965-1968, to study music, and on his return to Jamaica, became Bandmaster/Director of Music of the Jamaica Defence Force, where he served until 1995, when he retired at the Rank of Major.

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The Maestro Speaks of His Musical Journey - MAJOR JOE B. WILLIAMS OD

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© 2014 by Major Joe B. Williams OD, ARCM. All rights reserved.

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Published by AuthorHouse 02/18/2014

ISBN: 978-1-4918-5902-5 (sc)

ISBN: 978-1-4918-5901-8 (hc)

ISBN: 978-1-4918-5903-2 (e)

Library of Congress Control Number: 2014902527

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CONTENTS

DEDICATION

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

ABOUT THE BOOK

FOREWORD

PREFACE

PART I

COMPOSITIONS

PART II

PART III

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DEDICATION

I wish to dedicate this book to my wonderful family, for their encouragement and support over the years, enabling me to make the journey. It is also dedicated to all music lovers and the art-loving community around the world. My service to music, and in particular, the Jamaica Military Band itself, gave me a feeling of pride and a wonderful sense of achievement in giving to the world something of lasting memory.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Kind permission was granted by Maj. General Antony Anderson, CD, JP, MDA, B.Eng (Hons), psc, Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaica Defence Force, for use of the photographs of the Military Bands.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This book demonstrates that one is capable of achieving any goals, that one sets for him/herself. I hope it will be an inspiration to others, as they journey along the pathways of life.

This book summarizes the achievements, the difficulties and sometimes struggles that were encountered along the way. It speaks of anxiety, fear, anticipation, but never apathy. There were times of restlessness, working and studying until the wee hours of the morning, just to meet the class assignments. Those were used as motivation to succeed.

The vagaries of the weather in the UK and its unpredictability, played a part in my planning every move and decision. That too helped me to realize the nature of things and how essential it is to prepare, if possible, for the future.

It is indeed a wonderful feeling, when one is able to look back over many years on a long journey and a productive life, and feel satisfied that something of note has been left behind.

I trust this book will give food for thought and be of help to others.

I wish to dedicate this book to my wonderful family, for their encouragement and support over the years, enabling me to make the journey. It is also dedicated to all music lovers and the art-loving community around the world. My service to music, and in particular, the Jamaica Military Band itself, gave me a feeling of pride and a wonderful sense of achievement in giving to the world something of lasting memory.

FOREWORD

Major Joe Williams’ contribution to music in Jamaica generally, and the Jamaica Defence Force in particular, is widely known and appreciated, by all who know him.

As a musician and teacher, he has dedicated most of his life to guiding young and old students in perfecting their skills and advancing their ambitions in becoming players and writers of music.

Some of his achievements are chronicled in this book which tells of his love and dedication to music over many years. He performs on many instruments and is held in very high regard for his performing skills and musicality. The book titled "The Maestro Speaks of his Musical Journey", is both informative and motivating.

PREFACE

Many of my friends, well-wishers and family members, have suggested that perhaps it would be a good idea to document some of my experiences and exploits for them to think about. I have thought about it for a long time, and decided that an attempt should be madeso here we go! It is hoped you will find in it, something of interest.

Part I

The Start of a Journey

The musical journey which began on the 14th day of February 1951, was very long and winding. It was interesting and intriguing, with fun, anxious moments; fulfilling and rewarding. The reality of becoming a member of the world-famous Jamaica Military Band, was a dream come true. The history of the Band bears testimony to its international importance, which is a story worth telling.

The Jamaica Military Band (JMB) came into being after the disbandment of the old West India Regiment (WIR) which served during the 18th and 19th Centuries and during the American War of Independence. The Jamaica Military Band is very proud of its connection with the WIR, not only because it continues to wear its Zouave uniform and its first band members came out of the Regiment, but because they still perform at an annual function at Up Park Camp, Kingston, Jamaica, where the Victoria Cross (VC) Dinner is held in celebration of two West Indian soldiers who were honoured for gallantry during the 19th Century. Sgt. James William Gordon of the British West India Regiment (BWIR) was one who received the Victoria Cross (VC) Medal for saving the life of his Commanding Officer on the 13th March 1892, at the attack on Toniataba, West Africa. The records of our archives and the VC Medal which is on display at the Military Museum at Up Park Camp, verify the account. Sgt. Gordon died on 15th August 1922 and was buried at Briggs Park in Up Park Camp.

With such ancestry, it was easy to sell the idea of retaining the Band, and so, on the 26th February 1927, the Jamaica Military Band came into existence and became a part of the Local Forces of Jamaica.

The Mayor of Kingston at the time, Altamont DaCosta, made a request to the Government for permission to be granted for the Bandsmen of the WIR to be retained and for the instruments to be purchased so that Jamaica would have its own band to serve the musical needs, as they arose.

Permission was also granted for the dress uniform (the Zouave) to be retained. The working uniforms were khaki slacks and shoes, to be worn on certain engagements; and shorts, puttee and boots, on everyday parades.

The Role of the Band

The main role of the Band was to provide music for the people of Jamaica, in the Corporate Area parks (nine in all) on a monthly basis, and in the fourteen parishes, annually. In the Corporate Area, the parks were Victoria Park (which is now St. William Grant Park), Trench Town, Denham Town, Maxfield, Penso, Red Hills and Maverley Parks, Port Royal and at Hope Gardens (The Royal Botanical Gardens), where they played on

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