The Armed Forces Music School has organised a closing ceremony for its Band Beginning and Upgrading Trade Course II at the School premises on Friday 8 November 2019.
The objective for organising the course was to train potential Bandsmen for the three arms of service to acquire solid foundation and skill in the rudiments of music which would enable them perform their duties effectively in all military and national related parades and ceremonies.
The course which began on the 8 July 2019 witnessed 124 Personnel drawn from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Civilian Employees. Among the 124 personnel, 63 students were in the A4 Beginners Class, 37 in A3 Upgrade class and 24 made up the Bandsman A2 class. The subjects studied during the Course included Military Studies, Dancemanship, Bands Drill among others.
The Guest of Honour, Director Military Studies Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Col William Honku, speaking on behalf of the Commandant MATS, Maj Gen Omane Agyekum stated that human resource development was important to every organisation and for that reason the music school had trained men and women to uniquely play music instruments.
He noted that Armed Forces Music School had played a vital role in providing talented instrumentalists to all ranks including Civilian Employees.
He added that the course would be reviewed when necessary to meet the demand of Ghana Armed Forces. He advised the course participants to put into practice the knowledge they had acquired at their respective Units.
He thanked the Commanding Officer (CO) Armed Forces Central Band (AFCB), Lt Col Badiako Asare for introducing Dancemanship as a subject to the music school courses. He also thanked the instructors and the entire staffs of the school for a good work done.
Lt Col Asare stated that music was important in time past and in this modern era both in the military and civil societies. He added that this year’s course saw the introduction of dance band package and military studies to the students for the first time.
He noted that in spite of the successes chalked up by the school, it faces administrative challenges and disclosed that the challenges included limited furniture and lack of administrative vehicles among others. He stated further that the school currently relies on Central Band for all its movements.
He thanked the Guest of Honour for honouring the invitation, the instructors for their tireless efforts and seemly congratulated the grandaunts for a good work done during the period of their course of study.
The course participants performed to the admiration of the invited guests what they had been taught in the music school. The performances included the various section of their studies such as; Drum Majors, Percussion, Woodwind, Buglers and Brass.
Awards were given to outstanding students during the course; Most improved Regimental Band Personnel went to Private Bannerhene Owusu Daniel, Most improved Buglar Personnel went to Sapper Asiedu Stanley, Best Buglar went to Banner Lartey, Overall best in A4 class went to Private Amankwaah Benson Ofosu, Overall Best in A3 Class went to Private Aduhene Emmanuel, Overall Best in A2 Class went to ACI Odonkor George, Sgt Azebiah Patrick won the Most Improved DanceBand Personnel, the Best Song Composer went to ACI Sarpong Owusu Alexander and the Best Vocalist went to Private Amponsah Solomon.