PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – he Harmonics Band of the Philipsburg Methodist Church have organized a concert entitled: “Praising in Harmony, The Sequel’’ which will be held on Saturday, November 2th, 2019 along with various guest artists at the Princess Port de Plaisance Pavilion starting at 7:30pm.
Tickets are being sold for US$ 20.00 or ANG 36.00 and the proceeds of the concert will go towards the Music Ministry of the Philipsburg Methodist Church. Tickets for the concert are available at Big D’s Photo Studio, Van Dorp, Family Book Store, Adolphus Richardson Office Supplies, the Philipsburg Methodist Church Office and any Harmonics Band member.
The Harmonics Band, a gospel group was created and formed in 1992 with the intention to accompany the Methodist Sunday School Choir of the Philipsburg Methodist Church, which started in 1998 after the passing of the Superintendent of the Mount William Hill Sunday School
Current Harmonics band members are: Shanella James Romney – Lead Vocalist, Laurine Flanders Augusty – Vocalist, Mayanka Johnson – Vocalist, T’Keyah Dixen – Vocalist, Dennis Salomons – Guitarist, Benson Pompier – Keyboardist, Marc Augusty – Keyboardist, Toby Hodge – Drummer, Hildo Martina – Bassist and Erwin James – Percussionist, Jasmine Hanson – Vocalist.
The band was named The Harmonics because the focus was on the harmony of the music and the singers who always had a special way of blending their voices together. The group always played various genres of music including Gospel, Soca, R&B, Reggae and Instrumentals.The early beginnings of the band was after Reverend Lloyd Brissett placed an order for new instruments so that the band could have their own instruments. The band previously used various instruments and sound equipment from the individual members of the Harmonics.
Most members of The Harmonics hail from the Philipsburg Methodist Church on St. Maarten. The band while accompanying the Methodist Sunday School Choir used Teddy Philips to assist with the practice sessions together with Jeffrey Richardson who is also the co-founder of the Harmonics along with Raymond Benjamin. Giovanni Radjouki joined played bass for the band and later on it was decided to add singers such as Rosemary Marsham-Hodge, La-Vaune Henry, Romelia Marlin and Patricia Buntin all of whom became the first singers of the band.
The main purpose of the Harmonics Band back then was to minister on the third Sunday of the month which was Youth Sunday. The Band was then actually a young adults band seeing that all the members of the band was under the age of 30 years old. Presently the band plays at other events in addition to Youth Sunday(3rd Sunday) in the Philipsburg Methodist Church.
The Harmonics have traveled to other islands such as St. Eustatius, Aruba, Tortola and Curacao where an impact was made by their singing ministry. The group was chosen as the band to accompany the singers of many secondary school competitions. Concerts were held almost every year since the inception of the band and some of those concerts was done together with the Methodist Sunday School Choir.
The Harmonics Band is now taking its music to another level especially when it comes to “Praise and Worship” songs that are played at the various church services. The aim of The Harmonics is to minister to people in song with the intention that their music would win souls to Christ.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to see The Harmonics 2018 Concert on TV15 on Sunday November 27th, 2019 at 8pm on St. Maarten Cable TV and TelTV. Businesses or persons that are willing to assist the The Harmonics can do so by calling +1721-520-7384 or emailing email@example.com
Photo Caption: A group picture of The Harmonics