The St. David’s Catholic Secondary School (SDCSS) has retained the Peter Phillip National Drum Corp Festival title.
Dressed in white and blue, the 25-member squad put on a splendid performance and was able to convince the judges that they were worthy of the title for another straight year.
Six secondary schools participated in the SP’s International Trading Ltd – Grenada sponsored 2015 event, which was held last week Wednesday at the Roy St. John’s Playing Field, Tanteen, St. George.
SDCSS emerged as winners with 91.9 points, followed by Anglican High School (AHS) on 78.9 points, the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) on 77.8 points, St Rose Modern Secondary School on 76.3 points, Mc Donald College (MDC) with 75 points and St Andrew’s Secondary School (SAASS) secured a total of 66.6 points.
The Peter Phillip Drum Corps Festival, formerly called Drum Fest, is judged on drum techniques and skill application.
In declaring the competition open, Culture Minister, Senator Brenda Hood noted that drumming is an important aspect of Grenada’s heritage.
“We pride ourselves that drumming has been a very significant part of our heritage which we got from our ancestors…” the Culture Minister noted as she thanked SP’s International for the approximately EC$10, 000 in prizes this year.
Making remarks on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Senior Education Officer, Daisy Hazzard spoke of the importance of activities like this.
She noted that while “academics is equally important…students who participate in extra curricula activities usually display a high level of discipline” and she encouraged students to get involved, if not in Drum Corp but in another event of their choice.
Several representatives from various stakeholders attended last week Wednesday’s event to witness the unique drumming talents of the nation’s youth.
The Peter Phillip Drum Corp Competition is named after the late Peter Phillip who was instrumental in the formation of Drum Corps in Secondary Schools.