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Call for musicians for America’s Cup band

Local musician Robert Edwards has been unveiled as leader of The Band — the group that is being assembled to supply the music throughout the America’s Cup.

The Band’s repertoire will range from each sailing team’s song, to soca, reggae, top 40 and traditional Bermuda-themed songs.

A question-and-answer session is to be held tomorrow from 6pm to 8pm at The Grand on Church street, for entertainers to learn about participating through the group, as well as the Local Talent Programme.

The Band will perform during the five-week America’s Cup from May 26 to June 27. Mr Edwards’ role will include overseeing its auditions, as well as musical selections and rehearsals.

Mr Edwards, who has backed local and international acts and performed throughout the United States and Bermuda, is a longstanding musician and educator who performs in the duo Smooth with Jamie Zuill. He is also the musical director for the band Wall Street and the organist for St Mary’s Church, Warwick.

Auditions will be held at Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall, starting this Saturday at 9am. Each contestant is asked to prepare three pieces for the judges.

Round two commences at 2pm, is open only for contestants who receive callbacks.

Musicians are asked to register their interest and will be given a time slot to audition. Registration is available at http://www.acbda.bm/registration/.

Walk-ins are welcome, but musicians are asked to register at City Hall by 11.30am. Contestants must be residents and aged 16 and older as of December 31, 2016.

Band finalists will be narrowed down to 12, with the public voting their favourites online from January 18. The band line-up with be announced on February 3.