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 History Of The Royal St.Lucia Police Band

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL ST LUCIA POLICE BAND

Past Bandmasters | Past Drum Majors

The St. Lucia Police Band was formed in June of 1947, by Bandmaster Nathaniel Joseph Griffith, along with six (6) vibrant young men within the ages of 12 to 14 years and a small compliment of regular policemen. Fame and stature were brought to the Force through the Band by Bandmaster Griffith’s affluent leadership as a qualified musician. The “Band Boys” as the Band was termed, soon became a household name throughout the length and breath of St. Lucia. Eleven years after setting the Band on a solid foundation, Mr. Griffith accepted an appointment with the Trinidad Police Band, handing over to Mr. Randolph Beckles.

Randolph Beckles

 

Although the Band had already passed its infant stage, it became an establishment of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force in 1965, eighteen (18) years after its inception. Subsequent to the first visit to St.Lucia by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, on the 12th of June 1966, the Band attained “Royal Status”. In April of 1971, Cadet Officer Carlos Mynns took over command of the Band as Bandmaster, following his return from the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. Mr. Mynns was promoted to A.S.P. and Superintendent as Director of Music in quick succession by virtue of his Qualifications. During that period there were dramatic changes in the rank and structure of the Band to the extent of new instruments being introduced. Unfortunately, Superintendent Carlos Mynns passed on while in service, on the 30th of January 1991. After the death of the then Director of Music, Carlos Mynns, Assistant Superintendent Gerard Emmanuel, assumed the responsibility of leadership for a brief period.

Carlos Mynns directing band

In 1991, Superintendent Rudolph Valentine Charles was recalled from retirement to take over the reign of command, where he introduced women in the Band for the first time. In 1994, he handed over to Superintendent David Myers who had just returned from the Royal School of Music, Kneller Hall. After 56 years, the Band has grown from 7 to 43 members inclusive of administrative staff. The demand for the services of the Band, ranges from Military Parades, Cocktail Parties, Formal Dances, School Concerts, Public Concerts and even the Formal Opening of Public Facilities etc. 

First Four Women in Police Band

 

 

 


 

Despite the limited resources available to the Police Band especially in the area of proper musical instruments, Band members are still able to perform to a very high standard on every occasion.Presently, the Band is under the capable command of Superintendent Gregory Piper, succeeding Mr. David Myers who is now retired.The Royal St. Lucia Police Band, throughout its fifty seven year history, has also appointed eight (8) Drum Majors to lead the band for parade purposes. The Drum Majors selected were primarily Drill Sergeants or Drill Instructors. The Drum Majors in order of appointment were as follows:
RSLPF Police Band in Concert

 

 

 

 

Past Drum Majors

1. Sgt. Anthony Monlouis 1958-1961  
2 .Sgt. Norris Sealy 1961-1968
3. Sgt. Haynes Cyril 1968-1971
4. Const. Jn Baptiste Norbert 1971-1976  
5. Cpl. Phillip Louis 1976-1988  
6. Const. Norbert Williams 1988-1990
7. Cpl. Lucius Lake 1990-1992
8. Sgt. Curtis Sealy 1992- to date

 

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