Popular Band, ‘The First Serenade Band’ that has given almost thirty (30) years of continuous service in the musical industry in Dominica, has dedicated its recent national award to Prisca Winston, a band member’s mother who has passed.
The band was awarded the Services Medal of Honour Award on Independence Day, November 3, for its contribution in Music over the years.
Member of the Band, Carlton Winston, received the award on behalf of the band at the Parade of Uniformed Groups held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
“We would like to dedicate the award to my mom, Prisca Winston from Pointe Michel who recently passed,” Winston told Dominica News Online. “She was one of the persons who founded the band and assisted us when we were getting into the music. She would have been very proud today.”
First Serenade captured the winning band title at the 2014 Cadence Lypo competition.
The band competed this year, however, was not successful in retaining that title.
“Definitely Serenade was very satisfied with its performance, but again, one to win one to lose,” Winston stated.
He congratulated the winning band this year, Ti Orkest, for a great performance.
Meantime economist, Mc Carthy Marie, was among those who received a Meritorious Service Awards at the ceremony.
He got the award for his contribution to the music industry.
“This award means that I must now push on harder, work harder to get more people license and get more revenue coming in for the composers of music so that we can build the music, because that is one of the items that’s on our agenda,” he said. “It means that my work in the music business has been recognized, and I say business because to make music you don’t need what I do, if you want to do music business then copyright which is where I sort of specialize in the music business is absolutely essential for that to happen…”