Alpha Boys School

Alpha Boys School

Profile:
Alpha Boys School (now called the Alpha Institute) was founded in 1880 as a residential vocational school for boys who needed a place to live. Although the residence closed in 2014 due to financial challenges the vocational and general education activities continues to serve 120 young men in need of services between the ages of 16-19 years old. Alpha is best known for its music program which has graduated jazz pioneers such as Joe Harriott and Dizzy Reese, ska music innovators like the Skatalites, reggae icons such as Leroy Smart and Leroy Wallace not to mention 1997 Grammy nominee Winston 'Yellowman' Foster and 1980s dancehall star Johnny Osbourne. See below for a more complete list of past Alpha students who became professional musicians...

Karl ‘Cannonball’ Bryan
Leroy Smart
Floyd Lloyd Seivright
Tony Greene
Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton
Owen Gray
Bobby Ellis
Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks
Charlie Mus’come aka Eskimo Fox
David Madden
Lennie Hibbert O.D.
Winston “Sparrow” Martin
Tommy McCook
Don Drummond
Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore
Vin Gordon aka Don Drummond Junior
Winston Francis
Joe Harriott
Jo Jo Bennett
Rico Rodriguez
Winston Yellowman Foster
Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace
Headley Bennett aka Deadly Headly
Dizzy Reece
Lester Sterling O.D.
Dalton Browne
Nicholas Laraque
Leslie Samuels
Winston (Bo Pee) Bowen
Harold McNair
Wilton “Bogey” Gaynair
Bertie King
Dudley Farrier
Harold ‘Little G’ Gaynair
Raymond Harper
Ron Wilson
Sammy Walker
Tony Gregory
Leslie Thompson
Jackie Willacy
Damon Riley
Tony Gregory
Contact Info:
Alpha Institute
26 South Camp Road
Kingston 4
Jamaica, WI
876-928-1345
Sites:
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