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The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.First Black Bandmaster of the United States Navy$
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Alton Augustus Adams, Sr. and Mark Clague

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251311

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251311.001.0001

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

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

(p.61) 4 Music In the Virgin Islands and the Founding of the Adams Juvenile Band (1910)
The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.

Mark Clague

University of California Press

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

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