Heather Augustyn and Adam Reeves write about the famed Roman Catholic boarding school and its music department whose alumni include Dizzy Reece, Winston Foster aka Yellowman, and four of the Skatalites' founding members
A new book about the impact of Kingston’s famed Roman Catholic boarding school Alpha Boys' School, the institution that spawned many of Jamaica’s great jazz, ska and reggae musicians, has been published. Written by Heather Augustyn and Adam Reeves and titled Alpha Boys' School: Cradle Of Jamaican Music, it's one of the first in-depth studies of the school and the students who passed through its gates, and tells the story of Sister Mary Ignatius, the nun who ran the music department at the school for 64 years. Some of its alumni include Dizzy Reece, Cedric Brooks and the Skatalites's Tommy McCook, Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore, Lester Sterling and Don Drummond. In 2014 the school residence closed down and the Alpha Institute took its place, providing vocational training for inner city youth.
The book is published by Half Pint Press, available via Amazon.