In the spring of 1977 Professor Judith E. Grimes, then from Indiana State
University, visited the Island of Jamaica with her band. During the musical tour, her ensemble performed at Cornwall
College where she met James Lloyd Whinstanley and Headmaster Crick. Later that fall Mr. Whinstanley contacted Professor
Grimes and asked her to be a part of a project in his school. His new assignment had taken him across town from Cornwall College
to Herbert Morrison Comprehensive High School, now Herbert Morrison Technical School. Professor Grimes agreed to
help and plans were underway.
In the beginning
stages of the program Professor Grimes provided assistance both with musical equipment and teachers for the program.
Professor Grimes lived in Jamaica the Fall of 1979 and the very first "live" performance of the Herbert Morrison Band was
in November of 1979. Professor Grimes was conducting, Mr. Whinstanley, the mayor, Billy Cooke and even Dr. Herbert Morrison
himself were in the audience.
Professor Grimes later moved to a position at Elmhurst
College in the Chicago area, but she continues to be a major part of the band program by conducting clinics twice a year,
donating supplies and bringing teachers in training to the school to participate.