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Nov 11, 2015

Youth Cadets Receive Marching Band Equipment

A rather hefty donation of marching band equipment, including drums and cymbals, was also handed over today to the Cadet Corps of the Eastern Police Division South. The donation was received by officers attached to the Community Policing Unit of the Department courtesy of the Petrocaribe Office in the city. Valued at approximately eight thousand dollars, youth members from the marching band were in attendance at the Yabra Community Policing Center this morning to test out their new toys. Officer in Charge of Community Policing, Sergeant Brent Hamilton told News Five more about the donation.

 

Brent Hamilton

Sgt. Brent Hamilton, O.C., Community Policing, Precinct 1

“In 2013, we operated from the Mahogany Sub-Precinct where I had a youth cadet program there. Our first set of instruments at the time, I don’t know if you did that interview before, but we had the Attorney General Mister Sedi Elrington who had given us some instruments. We have used those instruments because we saw the need to keep the community together and to have the youths off the street. We have performed in many different events: the September Celebrations, for church services, for the national youth cadet corps camp; we have done a lot of stuff. And we decided that we want more people to play and our mission is to see every police cadet corps in every district to have instruments. And so we decided that we need some instruments and we need to approach some other business sectors to see if they want to assist us. I have a good friend and he decided that he wanted to assist me from the Petrocaribe institution and they decided to give us eight thousand dollars worth of instruments and today we want to show appreciation by handing over the stuff and also to use the stuff to give a little presentation on how we will use the stuff.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about what all that eight thousand dollars is including.”

 

Sgt. Brent Hamilton

“That’s right. The stuff that we have presently is six neo-drums, three base drums, three cymbals, a thing we call the grater and a lot of other equipments as well. It will help greatly because we needed better instruments…the band fest has some criteria that we need better instruments to play loud and yo have points where yo play louder and they can hear the music. It gives us a better number. We upgrade our strength from six to twelve. And so we want to have a band that has sixty people. And what it also has is that the Police Youth Cadet Corps band is a unique band because we have a cross-section of students and kids from within the whole entire Belize. Maybe they cannot be in a band in their school, but they can enroll in our program.”

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