by Chanét Morris
Much like the first three nights of the LIME NIFCA Finals, last night’s Music final was exceptional.
From the opening number, right through to the end, all of the competitors brought their “A” game and the audience was quite pleased. Although the Frank Collymore Hall was not full to capacity like on other nights, those in attendance still seemed to enjoy their night. Both the performers and the audience appeared to be enjoying themselves.
While the audience showed their excitement through their screams, whistles and applause, the performers’ smiles, and their movement during their pieces displayed the fun they were having on stage. Not only was the show an impressive one because of the performances, but because of the number of original entries. NIFCA had a total of 43 original pieces entered this year in the music category, and six of last night’s acts were originals.
The bands were definitely the stand out group of the night.
The Alleyne School Pop Band left some members of the audience on their feet by the end of the performance. The young drummer – Juanmar Tempro- did a number on the drum kit that sat before him. Personally, when he did his solo, it felt as though I was at a rock concert. The enthusiasm on his face, combined with his rapid hand movement and the sound coming from the drums left me in awe. But it he was not the only one who impressed. The bass guitarist,Aaron Hope-Greene, the pianist Stefan Bascombe, the saxophonist Fhakhouri Thompson, and the only girl in the group Shanice Connell, played the clarinet, and they all performed well during their solos. Their rendition of Potter’s Hand was an amazing one.
Another band that performed last night was the Parkinson Memorial School Band, and they entered an original number called Fussing and Fighting, and it was written by their 14-year-old lead singer. The song’s theme was about ceasing violence. However, because of the volume of the instruments, some of the words were lost. Much like bands , the steel orchestras also got the crowd bobbing their heads. Combermere School Steel Orchestra and SKF Steel Sounds both had good performances, but the Combermerians definitely had more fun on stage and their enthusiasm seemed to infect the crowd.
The choirs also held their own. Those who performed were the Ignatius Byer Primary School, The St. Michael School Choir, Alleyne School Choir and Ellerslie School Choir, and they were all well received by the audience. Ellerslie was also represented through the trio known as Ellerslie Rising Stars Female Trio, and throughout their performance of I Smile, whistles and screams could be heard. The audience was obviously quite pleased.
In terms of the soloists, Nicola Rouse was the only musician, and she reached the Finals with two double bass pieces. Her introduction was quite impressive, as Nicola is studying, working on attaining grade seven in both double bass and piano, and she swims, runs and plays basketball. The well-rounded Harrisonian played both of her pieces well and her second piece, Ba-Doo-Wa was short, energetic and quite entertaining.
The singers included young Daniel Lashley who sang two songs, one being an original, with the very touching message of domestic violence; Fabian Barlett, who sang an original, motivational calypso number about self-esteem building and he was backed by the St. Leonard’s Boys’ Choir; Maiella Best, Shirley Bowen and Amanda Fields who entered two pieces each.