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Jamaican school training young, at-risk students in island's music

Tyrone Muirhead, 11, plays the trumpet with the band at the Alpha Boys' School in Kingston, Jamaica. (David McFadden/The Associated Press)
Tyrone Muirhead, 11, plays the trumpet with the band at the Alpha Boys' School in Kingston, Jamaica. (David McFadden/The Associated Press)
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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Barefoot and dressed in donated clothes, 12-year-old Renaldo Brown methodically plays scales on a flute under the canopy of trees at a Jamaican vocational school renowned for nurturing many of this music-steeped island’s top instrumentalists. “It’s challenging but I like it. I’m getting better ’cause I’ve been practicing nearly every day for two years,” said the serious boy from the gritty Jamaican city of Spanish Town, tapping the keys on the silver-colored ...


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