USVI Road March champs to perform at NABJ
Bevan Springer | 7/19/2018, 11:12 a.m.
ST. THOMAS (July 19, 2018)—U.S. Virgin Islands’ Carnival Road March winners Spectrum Band has been confirmed as the official house band for the upcoming National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair to be held in Detroit, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, 2018.
U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty reported that the Department of Tourism was proud of its partnership with the world’s leading media organization for persons of color and considered it an honor to offer some of the territory’s finest musicians to perform during the annual event.
“To be able to share the musical genius of the Virgin Islands with thousands of our nation’s top journalists, public relations practitioners, professors of journalism and journalism students is a distinct honor,” said Nicholson-Doty.
“NABJ has cherished its sustained partnership with the U.S. Virgin Islands through the years and Spectrum’s participation is of great value as we provide attendees stellar events throughout our convention weekend,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover.
Spectrum Band, established in 2006, is a group of seasoned musicians bringing more than 30 years of musical experience to the art form. Some members hold degrees in music education with concentrations in vocal and instrumental performance, and others are skilled engineers, recording producers and instructors of the arts.
Spectrum was the first band in the U.S. Virgin Islands to win nine consecutive road march songs in the first 12 years of its existence. Band members include Malvern V. Gumbs, Daniella “Lioness” Richardson, Akeel Breedy, George Thomas, Moziah Miller, Leonard “Lenny” Monsanto, Wendel Thomas and Fitzroy “Figgy” O’Garro.