Members of the Turks and Caicos Brass Band will soon parade in a new uniform designed and made locally by the country’s own fashion label; Saint George Fashion House (SGFH) by Kazz Forbes.
Elery James, administrative executive and public relations officer said, “Having the country’s number one brass band uniform designed by the country’s number one designer speaks volume of our modernization and approach to representing the Turks and Caicos Islands both locally and internationally.
“The Turks and Caicos Brass Band will continue to incorporate the country’s flag colors in all of our uniforms, but this time in a sleek, classic and youthful look as opposed to the traditional band uniform. Again, we are eternally grateful and look forward with great anticipation and excitement to parading in our new uniforms by Saint George Fashion House with National Pride.”
The band was birthed under the leadership of Hoplyn Parker on his return to the Turks and Caicos Islands from Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Being a member of the Grand Bahama Brass Band, he thought it best to have a band in the Church of God of Prophecy in Providenciales. Parker took the matter up with the pastor of the church, then Pastor James C. Williams, who readily agreed.
In April 1975 with five students, Hoplyn Parker originated music classes. As the students advanced in music, they established themselves as the Provo Brass Band. In May 1976, the Provo Brass Band made their debut at a Sunday evening church service. To the amazement of all, their music was well accepted. Also on his return to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Percy Williams assisted Hoplyn Parker and became actively involved with the brass band.
“It is indeed a privilege to be at work with members of the Turks and Caicos Brass Band on an exciting assignment. The merchandise is well thought-out. Myself, along with members of the Turks and Caicos Brass Band, are equally excited and enthusiastic to see the final results,” said Forbes, principal designer and proprietor of Saint George Fashion House.