Bands set to jump

Crop Over finishing touches at band houses

The Crop Over season comes to a closure this weekend with –– among the major events being held –– the Foreday Morning Jump on Saturday morning and Grand Kadooment on Monday.

And as is expected, work at band houses has been in full swing, with leaders and their helpers busily completing costumes and making final arrangements. While some bands were sold out, others were yet registering revellers.

A team from Barbados TODAY was out taking in some of the action.

Mackie Holder, leader of Wednesday 2002, said his band house, bustling scene as it was, was sure to be ready for the two big days.

“The girls are sorting and packing the costumes for both Kadooment and Foreday Morning and generally making sure the collection process runs smoothly. Right now we are also making minor changes to any costumes, especially for the women because you know sometimes the top may be too big or too small or the bottom may be fitting too slack . . . . But as usual, for sure we are going to be ready,” said Holder.

Helpers at the Wednesday 2000 band house packing costumes into bags.
Helpers at the Wednesday 2000 band house packing costumes into bags.

Prominent bandleader Gwyneth Squires, who was busy gluing on beads to a pants at her Garrison, St Michael-based band house, said she had been distributing costumes since yesterday. She revealed that overall getting her band on the road proved to be a challenging process, as she had received limited sponsorship this year.

Bandleader Gwyneth Squires gluing on beads on a pants.
Bandleader Gwyneth Squires gluing on beads on a pants.

“Them promising me sponsorship and when you call them ain’t answering the phone,” Squires said, adding: “[Nevertheless,] I will be on the road with my seven sections, and I am looking forward to doing well this year. Because, you know, my name is Gwyneth Squires; so obviously the people will come . . . . I am long-standing, I persevere. I win all the time. And my costumes are very cheap; so people will come to me.

“And what we need to understand in this economy you can’t put your costumes expensive because you won’t get the people.”

When the Barbados TODAY team arrived at the Harbour Road’s Party Stand, where the large Power X Four band is located, leader Chetwyn Stewart said that as was usual for him, he was a little behind time, but was sure that he would start handing out his costumes from tomorrow afternoon just in time for the
jump-up events.

Bandleader Chetwyn Stewart (left) carrying on a conversation with helper Dave Baggy at the Power X Four band house.
Bandleader Chetwyn Stewart (left) carrying on a conversation with helper Dave Baggy at the Power X Four band house.

He said that his major challenge this year was getting people to register for his Kadooment band, indicating many had been opting for the Foreday Morning Jump instead, which would be more economical for them.

“We actually own a Foreday Morning band named Mudslide, but we don’t advertise it because it is always full. People are coming to us and saying they want to register to jump in Mudslide, which is cheaper because they can’t really afford the pretty mas’. But our sponsorship has still been good and we wouldn’t complain . . . ,” said Stuart.

 

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