The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) today announced that the Royal Barbados Police Force Band would return for the second year running to perform during Caribbean Week in New York City, June 1-6, 2003.
The band, a marching group of over 50 talented policemen and women from Barbados, is scheduled to deliver its usual high energy and enthusiastic performances at three public events organised by CTO to add variety to Caribbean Week.
These are an Interfaith Celebration to launch Caribbean Week plus concerts for the Barbadian community of Brooklyn at The Church of St. Mark and a ceremony for the Ex-Barbadian Ex-Police Force Association at Middle School 2 on Sunday, June 1; a Caribbean Fair To Remember on Monday June 2, a special street fair at the historic Bowling Green Park at which several of the region’s top chefs will showcase signature dishes; and a vivacious public lunchtime show in Herald Square on Tuesday, June 3.
“CTO is honoured to have the Royal Barbados Police Force Band back for Caribbean Week this year after a moving performance at the Governments of the Caribbean State Ball last year,” said Jean Holder, CTO’s secretary general. “The band continues to demonstrate its commitment to the region and an enthusiasm for music that is truly inspirational.”
Led by Director and Conductor Dr. Christopher Atherley, the Royal Barbados Police Force Band has toured overseas extensively since its inception in 1889, with performances in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Suriname, St. Kitts and Grenada. Its repertoire includes a mix of Caribbean music genres, classical pieces and marching numbers.
In addition to the usual weeklong series of meetings attended by all categories of the CTO’s membership during Caribbean Week, CTO has included a programme of consumer-focused events intended to increase excitement among the general public including:
CTO Caribbean Marketplace for Journalists:
Taking place on Wednesday, June 4 at 4:30 pm at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, the CTO Caribbean Marketplace for Journalists will bring together representatives of CTO Governments, hoteliers and journalists in a trade show business setting followed by a festive cocktail party.
30th Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball:
One of the most highly anticipated events of Caribbean Week is the Governments of the Caribbean State Ball. This glitzy black-tie occasion, which serves as a culmination of Caribbean Week, features the best of Caribbean entertainment and food. The Ball will take place at the Waldorf=Astoria on Friday, June 6, 2003. The CTO plans to use this opportunity to honor individuals who have had a positive impact on Caribbean tourism. Winners of the inaugural CTO Travel Writers/Photography Contest will also receive their awards at the Ball.