BVI Splash Band
The 2013 BVI Festival is now behind us, and we’re looking forward to next year’s festival which will be the 60th Anniversary year. This year we were privileged to see the return of one of the oldest and sweetest-sounding brass bands in the territory – the BVI Splash Band led by Parts & Power’s very own Tony Tuckett. The group of nine members returned to the 59th Emancipation Festival stage in 2013 with a long list of classical melodies from the 80’s and 90’s blended with a twist of modern soca.
In 1994 the band presented a unique style from the founding members Roosevelt Demming, Sheldon Harris, Clayton Williams, Leroy Martin, Julie ‘Cuddy’ Charles, Greg Lockhart, Kerry Nichols and Jaron Mathavious. A year later, a few changes saw the inclusion of ‘Daddy Pitt’ Antoni Tuckett, Zoe Walcott-McMillan, Simon Martin, Marlon Charles, Econ Prentice and Rhon Mitcham, a move which was instrumental in bringing the band some respectability and recognition in the music industry.
Together the band has produced 4 CDs that feature hits like ‘Parts and Power’, ‘Time to Perform’, ‘Wuk A Big Thing’, ‘Roff Roff (Go On Like A Dog)’ and ‘Paradise’, among others.
The band returned with some new members, along with the old team members such as Sym Lettsome, Nicky ‘Drummer Girl’ Wheatley, Calvin Smith, Oren Hodge and Nicholas Phillip. Tuckett, Martin, Demming, Williams and Prentice have remained with the band.
The band worked with the media and utilized Face Book to get the word out in a short period of time.
Determined to stick to its roots the band recently recorded its first single in more than 19 years titled “Fire in De Water”. The song speaks of the ultimate reveler who visited the Virgin Islands for the first time during festival and fell in love with the people, the music and its culture. One of the lines from the song reads “When we touch you make me shiver, don’t give me no water, you creating fire, fire in de water.”
Using the song Tuckett and his team made history at the first ever Soca Monarch show when they made an entrance using a BVI Fire and Rescue Truck as a stage – blowing the crowd away with an electrifying performance. The band was awarded the 1st runner up position. Not bad coming out of retirement after 5 years!
Tuckett said his band’s aim is to preserve Virgin Island music through the use of brass and wishes to pass it on to the youth as they leave school.
The band is determined to stay together for at least another year to make a grand impact on the 60th Anniversary 2014 festival. Start making your plans now to party with BVI Splash Band and fans.
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