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Sip N Link proceeds to support school band comp

St Catherine High Jamaica’s Best School Band (JBSB) competition season 9 Campion

With just over three months to go before the Jamaica Best School Band (JBSB) competition, founder Rayven Armani is seeking to raise funds for its eleventh staging.

She hopes Sip N Link, a live show scheduled for December 9 at 22 Jerk in Kingston, will help.

Together with fellow singer Jay Edge, she is a supporting act for that event which has Warrior King as headliner. All might be backed by the Rootz Warrior Band.

Although the JBSB has revived interest in music amongst highschool students, Rayven Armani says getting financial support continues to be a challenge.

“For the upcoming season, we’ve some support from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, however the cry is that there are budgetary constraints, so we’re falling wanting our budget,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

Eight bands entered the 2023 JBSB, including debutants St Mary High School, which won the competition in April. They tallied 92 points to complete ahead of Belair High School (84 points), Papine High School (83.5 points) and fellow newcomers Lennon High School (64 points).

The winners received $300,000 from the Vinyl Record Collectors Association, an alto saxophone from Music Mart, and one-year membership with the Jamaica Federation of Musicians.

Belair High School received $200,000 from the CHASE Fund, which also awarded Papine High School $150,000.

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