District band gives back to youth

Students of the No Kidding with our kids afterschool program were treated to a musical performance by District Band on Wednesday March 3rd 2010. 

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During the hour long program, this group of young musicians demonstrated their instruments and played a couple of songs including one of their tunes for Carnival 2010 entitled "hold yuh balance".

While playing, students could be seen doing the dance created for the song as demonstrated by the band members. After the performance, the children had the opportunity to showcase their talents on keyboards and drums. "This is one of the best audiences that we have had thus far," bandleader Calvin Mardembrough Jr. said expressing his appreciation for the love shown by the kids.

This is not the first time that District Band has given back to the youth of St. Maarten. Last year they performed at the Milton Peters College and continue to encourage young people to remain focused and positive.

"These type of opportunities allow us to encourage our peers and those younger than us are the driving force behind our band. We do believe that if given the opportunity and support, the youth of St. Maarten will continue to rise," bandleader Calvin Mardembrough Jr. said.

Branded as St. Maarten’s next generation jam band, District Band took St. Maarten’s carnival by storm last year and has been playing at private and public events ever since. Their debut CD entitled "We Takin Over" was released in November 2009 and the public was reminded that CDs are available at Van Dorp Madame Estate. The band recently released two music videos from the CD, which can be seen on YouTube and St. Maarten Cable TV.

As Carnival approaches, District Band indicated that they are ready to leave their mark once again in 2010. In order to book the band, persons may contact th*************@gm***.com or call 5208014. District Band is all geared up and ready for their next performance on the main stage at the Heineken Regatta on Friday night at 6:00 p.m.