Pictured are, front row, Warrant Officer Class Two Bernie Pitman and Bandsman, Ivan Young.  In the rear (r-l) are Drummers Brandon Smith, Jakeem Watson, and Calvon Raynor. *Photo supplied
Pictured are, front row, Warrant Officer Class Two Bernie Pitman and Bandsman, Ivan Young.  In the rear (r-l) are Drummers Brandon Smith, Jakeem Watson, and Calvon Raynor. *Photo supplied

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11: Jamaica’s golden anniversary celebrations got a boost from the band of the Bermuda Regiment.

Regiment Director of Music Major Dwight Robinson took his troops to the Caribbean island to help it celebrate its 50 years as an independent nation.

Maj. Robinson said: “It went very well and the musicians played well. They enjoyed themselves very much and we were very well received.”

The Regiment band beat the drum for Bermuda as part of an 850 strong array of international military bands that performed at the Jamaican Defence Force’s (JDF)  Up Park Camp HQ as part of the independence celebrations.

Other bands included the celebrated band of the UK’s Royal Marines, the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force Steel Band, the pipes and drums of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, as well as Jamaican military bands.

Maj. Robinson said: “We presented a blues and Latin-type of show, which was different  from the what the other bands were doing.”

The band tuned up with a special performance for schoolchildren and senior citizens before making their debut at the main event.

Maj. Robinson said the event helped to cement good relations between Jamaica and Bermuda – already strong as JDF personnel have served as instructors with the Bermuda Regiment, while the Regiment trains regularly in Jamaica and has loaned its own personnel as instructors to the Jamaican armed forces.

He added: “The strength of the tie that binds us continues – the Regiment and the JDF are very friendly and the links go back to the 1970s.

“We’re delighted to have strengthened these ties still further and helped to promote Bermuda yet again on an international stage among some of the best military bands in the world.”

The Regiment band arrived back on the island last week, after a gruelling 10-day visit, which involved a series of performances.

Maj. Robinson said: “The band is happy with our performance and we look forward to continuing to entertain both in Bermuda and overseas.”