Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Police Force gives retired officer a musical tribute

Director of Music with the Royal Barbados Police Force  Band from 2013 to 2018, Keith Ellis.

Director of Music with the Royal Barbados Police Force Band from 2013 to 2018, Keith Ellis.

Last Friday was a night of musical tributes and appreciation at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination. 

Members of The Royal Barbados Police Force and the Band gathered to thank and wish a happy retirement to one of their long-standing members, Director of Music, Mr. Keith Ellis. 

Joining the band at 14-years-old, Keith gave 52 devoted years to the police force, the band in particular and to the musical art form. 

Known for his perfect pitch, great arranging, band leadership and musicality, Keith was lauded for these abilities by all who paid tribute to him. From the invocation delivered by Reverend Jillian Crawford; welcome remarks by Mr Andrew Lynch, Director of Music (ag); to the vote of thanks delivered by Sergeant Cyprian Gamble, it was a night of excellence and class. 

There was even something very special about the musical tribute by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band under the baton of Acting Deputy Director of Music, Mr Dexter Norville. 

It saw Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, retired Deputy Director of Music Mr Cortez Callender, retired Inspector of Police Mr Lionel Ward and retired Station Sergeant of Police Mr Ronald Cummins joining the band to pay a fitting tribute to the maestro by rendering a selection of his favourite musical interludes. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Erwin Boyce, congratulated him on behalf of the Force for his long and distinguished service. 

National Hero The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers who was also a bandsman and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, presented him with a shadow box memento which commemorated his journey through the ranks of the band, in a fitting tribute to the culmination of 52 years of sterling service.

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