The PRESTON PRIMOS was formed in 2009 to help bring back the tradition of jazz to this incredibly musical community. It is still going strong and is now funded by the Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute.
The Los Primos Satellite programs brings together junior and senior high music students; students who are studying music at the post secondary level; as well as elementary students who are just beginning. Here we see the Preston Primos with some NSCC music students performing at Nelson Whynder Elementary School.
The Preston Primos has become an important addition to the cultural life of the Preston communities and they have performed at many events over the years including this performance at the Los Primos Dance for All Ages.
In 2012 the Preston Primos hosted the Los Primos group from Havana. 10 young musicians from the National School of Music and Manuel Saumel Elementary School. Here they are seen performing at the Black Cultural Centre. Here you can see them playing Street Football with Los Primos 2012.
The Los Primos Project collects musicial instruments to send to Cuba but we also provide musical instruments for aspiring young musicians right here at home. Donations to the NPCC include this piano, a drum set, small PA and bass Amp.The Preston Primos has become and important venue for the development of many young musicians at studying music at the Nova Scotia Community College. Here we see Kirsten Oliva and Reeny Smith gaining valuable keyboard performance experience.Some of Preston's most well known musicians "paid some dues" in the Preston Primos. JR Smith and Levy Smith are two great drummers to have shared the stage with us. JR even put in a little time on bass with the Preston Primos.
2016 was a building year for Preston Primos as the next generation of musicians is starting to come into their own. Here they are during their last performance on June 5 at the Stayners Wharf Sunday Jazz 13 Year Anniversary.
Augusto Enriquez was part of a special clinic at NPCC where the Preston Primos were working out their Latin Rhythms.
Alison Enriquez was also there helping get the Cuban sound.
Watch this short video of the Preston Primos.