The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K Gasana yesterday presided over the graduation of 200 Police Band Officers among them include those who ‘Level V’ advanced skills in band music.

The course participants out of whom, 22 were females were facilitated by instructors from Namibia and Rwanda throughout the five months course.

While officiating at the pass-out IGP Gasana thanked course participants for the successful completion of the course, he also hailed the course instructors who worked tirelessly to ensure the officers graduate with the deserving skills.

The Police Chief also thanked the officers for exhibiting a high level of dedication and commitment throughout the intense training and urged them to always be disciplined and professional in whatever they do at all times.

“You serve under a specialised unit that performs at major and national events, therefore, the course you have completed was organized to help you perform in a more professional manner in all these events,” IGP Gasana told the officers.

The course participants were grouped in different learning levels depending on their initial music skills. 17 officers undertook a basic or beginners course, 151 officers undertook a Level V course, 29 undertook a Training of Trainers course while 15 undertook Jazz and Brass course.

During the course of training, participants covered among key music lessons including among others; introduction to music, Jazz music arrangement, transposition and music terms, melody writing, Siberius music software, Note values, Rest, Tied and dotted notes, Time signatures, Bar lines, Rhythm, Staff/stave, Treble clef, Bass clef notes on staff, Dance theory, Guitar theory, singing, band display among others.

The Police chief told the granduands to make good use of the skills acquired during the five month, work as a team with a view to professionally undertake duties.

Inspector of Police Elias Kuwinga, one of the instructors from Namibia, thanked RNP for according them an opportunity to share skills with their Rwandan counterparts and the support throughout the course.

He also took stock of the discipline, commitment and zeal displayed by the course participants and challenged them to never look back on the music achievements they gained, but practice, compose more songs and importantly pass on the acquired skills to other officers.

The Express News


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