Music In the Virgin Islands and the Founding of the Adams Juvenile Band (1910)

Mark Clague

in The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520251311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933811 | DOI:
Music In the Virgin Islands and the Founding of the Adams Juvenile Band (1910)

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The founding of the Adams Juvenile Band illustrates that local culture should be valued and that dedicated hard work, especially in both education and self-study, produces opportunity. This chapter begins by describing the pervasive importance of musical activities in the artisan environment and argues against a simplistic, essentialized understanding of music and race by claiming that European and Latin music had a more pervasive influence on the music of the Virgin Islands than purely African sources. It recounts Adams's struggle to learn the instrument without benefit of a regular teacher. In particular, he overcomes two traumatic incidents that only fuel his feisty determination and forge his commitment to educating youth. This example offers further clarification of the path that Adams hopes youth in the Virgin Islands will follow today. Furthermore, this chapter touches on the islands' first carnival and the hurricane of 1916.

Keywords: Adams Juvenile Band; musical activities; traumatic incidents; carnival; hurricane

Chapter.  11504 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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