Archive for July, 2009

Performance at Kampung Goebilt

Some call it (or rather, spell it) as Kampung Gobel, some say it’s Kampung Goebilt and some, Kampung Gobilt. Let’s stick to Kampung Goebilt for now, shall we? (for that was how the name was spelled on the kampung’s school’s wall).

So anyway, what about Kampung Goebilt?

Well, last week, the band was informed that we were invited for a performance there, for the opening ceremony of the Blok Emas Building. Though we were only informed of this about a week earlier, the band leaders were quick to arrange practices and choose those who were to perform. Intensive practices were done and though some only had chance to practice once (like the choral speakers who were away for state level competiton. Well done choral speakers! State champion!), the band was ready by Saturday morning to perform.

We assembled at the Music Room at 6.45am. We got ready, and proceeded to the bus.

Headcount!

Headcount!

Our band teachers

Our band teachers

Fitting all the instruments into the bus took a while, but we suceeded! We waited for certain matters to be settled and while waiting, snapshots were taken.

Smiles from the front :)

Smiles from the front 🙂

Smiles from the back!

Smiles from the back!

All instruments aboard!

All instruments aboard!
Whenever there's a chance to be in a picture, take it

Whenever there's a chance to be in a picture, take it

After a while, we were off! On the way, we were informed that we might have to march so we had to memorise Abington Ridge, Hustle and Sideline Shuffle. Fortunately, those were the songs we played for Sports Day, so most of us were able to memorise the pieces before we reached our destination.

Practising.. in the bus! Truly a "whenever, whatever, wherever" moment

Practising.. in the bus! Truly a "whenever, whatever, wherever" moment

After about less than an hour’s drive, we reached our destination. Kampung Goebilt is like many kampungs but signs of current and future developments are clear, the Blok Emas Building being one of them. The kampung was beautiful and peaceful, a place where, I quote from a band member “a girl can sit in the middle of the road and not be run over by a car”. The people were really friendly, especially the makciks who were involved in the procession, greeting us with cheerful smiles, a clear sign that the Blok Emas Building must mean a lot to them.

We were told that we did not have to join the procession and therefore,  there was no marching. We got ready at the field and when the procession arrived, we played a few songs. Then we waited at behind the field as the speeches were presented.

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While waiting, some posed for the camera.

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Some of our Form 5 band seniors

Spot the hidden Lip Yi! haha!

Find the hidden Lip Yi!

Bored, Dae?

Bored, Dae?

Amanda

Amanda, the horn player (not!)

Ginny

Ginny

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Finally, after the speeches, we performed once again with the songs Mamma Mia, Tuxedo Junction and Freedom’s Light. We made it a point to enjoy the songs and move to the beat. We should do that more next time. It brings life to a performance.

 

Performing!

Performing!

Percussion Section

Percussion Section

 

Baritone sax and trombones

Baritone sax and trombones

Basses

Basses

 

Flutes

Flutes

We ended our performance and walked back to the bus. Once again, we had to fit all the instruments into the bus and thankfully, things were easier this time around as we already knew how to arrange everything. Last farewells were bid to the kampung and its people (and not to forget, its cute little kampung kids!) and we were off, back to our school.

One last photo before I end this post.

 

Bee Hoon!!

Bee Hoon!!

I must say that we should be thankful that good, proper food is often, if not always, provided for us. Besides, even if the food may not be what we like, food always taste better on a hungry stomach “bak kata pepatah, perut lapar, semuanya lemak” and after performances, we are always hungry. Therefore, appreciate your food (need I tell this to obvious food-loving Malaysians?).

That’s all for now.

Till then, sit tall and smile.

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Hari Koperasi Celebration

The school’s Koperasi has contributed a lot to the school. Though only a few years old, our school boasts of a very successful Koperasi, selling many products and having many loyal customers. Want ice-cream? Koperasi is the place to go. Pen running out of ink? Again, Koperasi is the place to go. Your ‘aunty’ came? Koperasi holds your salvation, hahax!

And so, the Hari Koperasi celebration. This was not initiated by our school, it was an annual celebration. However, this was the first time our school celebrated Hari Koperasi and the band was asked to perform.

The celebration started with the arrival of the committee and members of the Koperasi Lembaga Pelabuhan Kuching. Then the national and school anthem was sung, accompanied by the band. Speeches were given, a song was sung by the Koperasi members and finally! The band performed!

We played Mamma Mia. Yeap, Mamma Mia only but it was really good. The school loves that piece and whenever the band reaches the song “I Had A Dream”, many will start singing along to the song. After our performance, there was a dance-drama performance. The assembly ended with the state anthem, accompanied by us, the band, again!

However, the day was not over yet. A quiz was given with questions about the Koperasi. After that, a tree-planting ceremony was held near the Koperasi shop and finally, the sales by all the classes kicked off! Tasty food were sold at great prices! And so the band members along with the other teresians lavished themselves with good good food and went back that day happier (and heavier).

Pictures from the celebration will be posted up soon. That’s all for now. Buh bye!!

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