A Double Dose of Ambition- Alvin Embrose ‘Hambone’ Brangman

DSC00280Alvin Embrose Hambone’ Brangman was born in 1923 and lived in middle town  Pembroke to Editha G. Simmons and Charles Embrose Brangman. Alvin’s early education was at Central School and Neversons’ Secondary School. At age 15 he was sent to Mr. E.C.Smith a skill carpenter who taught him in carpentry designs. Alvin had been given another gift that of music. At a very early age he could be found tinkering with the piano keys and he became a gifted pianist. His first debut was with a group known as the  ‘The four Spots ‘. He played with other local talented musicians like Winfield ‘Happy Smith, the Aldano Sextet, Freddie Matthews, Ernie Leader and his band Graham Bean and his Latinaires and Hubert Smith and his Coral Islanders. He performed in many local establishments. Alvin like most local musicians had to have a second job and he worked for the Bermuda Electric light company for 20 years before retiring. He was well-traveled and one place on his bucket was to visit South Africa and this he did and had the great pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela. Alvin enjoy local holidays like cupmatch and Good Friday like most elders of his era he was a great kite maker and they were always colourful and specially designed. He was honored and inducted into the Bermuda music hall of fame in March of 2011 not just for his musical talent but also for his gift of writing poetry. Alvin gave his all to his community  and left no stone unturned in his musical talent and legacy to his island home Bermuda.

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