Support Alpha Boys School with Donated Instruments

Alpha Boys School ProjectThe Victoria Ska Festival Society is currently looking for donations of instruments and money to send to the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica. They are calling it the Alpha Boys School Project.

Founded in the 19th century, The Alpha Boys School in Jamaica has influenced the creation of Ska and thus Reggae music in Jamaica and around the world. The school’s musical alumni include members of The Skatalites, Yellowman, Ken Boothe, Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Rico Rodriguez, Desmond Dekker and many more.

The project is the brain child of Byron Maier, President of the Victoria BC Ska Society who wanted to find a way to give back to the roots of where the music came from and a positive way to reach out to the kids. The society, which has been instrumental in keeping Ska alive in Victoria and surrounding Canadian territories for over a decade, organizes the yearly Victoria Ska Fest. The festival and year-long events leading to the big show have become one of North America’s largest and pretty much only festival purely dedicated to Ska in various forms.

Byron was thinking about the project for a while, but it really came to together after watching the documentary “Rocksteady” which included information about the famous institution that the project hopes to help. They say “It’s really about getting the kids good working instruments that they cannot afford. This music has given so much to the world and it is time we return back in kind, to the roots.”

You can follow the project on it’s Facebook page here.

Please contact Byron Maier of the Victoria BC Ska Society at byron@byronmaier.com to arrange any donations even if you don’t live in Canada.

Here is a little news story about the project.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.