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Oscar Dames

​​​​​​​Oscar Dames is Dean of Scholars and Music Educator at Akhepran International Academy. He has over 30 years’ experience developing school music programs and playing solo clarinet and bassoon with some of the most prestigious ensembles in The Bahamas.
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​​​​​After graduating with an AA in Music and a Bachelor in Education degree from The College of The Bahamas, Oscar earned a Masters Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He served for almost 14 years in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force where he performed with and served as training instructor for the Defence Force Band.

Some of his accomplishments include winning first place in three consecutives Junior Junkanoo parades and five consecutives “best music awards” as leader of Saxons Superstars Junkanoo Group’s brass section.

He also shares his talent and expertise as a member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Reserve and serves as an education instructor for the Band Section.