Archive for September, 2014

Prize Giving Ceremony

The day after the City Parade, the results were out in the newspaper for each category.

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We were so surprised and happy (of course) to see our band printed as 1st in the newspaper. Our hard work has definitely paid off. Weeks and weeks of tiring practices under the hot sun really did us well. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Rovich for guiding us and instructing us throughout the practices, Mr Brian, teachers, water girls and to every single band member.

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Miss Chong and Puan Chua ❤

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Mr Rovich with the trophy 🙂

One band, one family!

-Sharon

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TYT’s Birthday Celebration

On the 13th of September, our band was invited to be part of this year’s marching celebration in conjunction with Tuan Yang Dipertua Negeri Sarawak Tan Pehin Sri Abdul Taib’s 78th birthday. This year, they did a little change. All the bands were to play statically in front of the grand stand accompanying the contingents with music while they march. It was different but at least we got to experience it.

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How we looked from the VIP section. 😀 Featuring our brothers from St Joseph Marching Band.

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GROUP SHOT!

Kuching Street Parade

Earlier in the month of July, our band was invited to be part of this year’s Kuching Street Parade 2014 in honour of Kuching’s 26th anniversary. It was held on the 6th of September starting from  the Jublee Ground to Jalan Tan Sri William Tan up to Padang Merdeka, Kuching. From the information we obtained, we knew we’ll be marching a long way. We were also told there would be a competition where we were to perform for not more than 3 minutes based on the theme ‘The People’s Festival’.

Our marching practices started early in August. We were practicing 3 times a week; Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All our practices were in the afternoon as the form 3s PT3 oral exams were in the morning so we had to practice under the hot scorching sun. Mr Rovich, our marching instructor, had a fantastic idea on how we were going to perform our classic ‘Kwek Mambo’ piece that would go great with this year’s theme.

As weeks went by, it was finally the day of the parade. Before we did anything, our tone had to be good! 740104987_61166

Brenda, the conductress, tuning the band.

We had to wait for our turn to perform. We were the 31st contingent meaning we had to wait for quite a long time. When it was finally our turn, the nerve started kicking in. We stayed positive and not think of winning but instead to just have fun.

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After the competing part was over, all the weight on our shoulder was gone and we joined the rest of the contingents with full spirit. Soon, it got dark so we put on glow sticks on our uniforms.

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But luck wasn’t always on our side. The weather just suddenly turned bad. It was pouring and rain spoils instruments so we ran for shelter. We thought that would be the end of this year’s parade until The Boys Brigade band came and asked if we could join them on entertaining the other contingents. We took turns playing songs and many other contingents came and danced along.740104908_70494

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  Not long afterwards, the rain settled down. (Maybe because we played so well)  Then again, at one point, it started pouring again and it seemed like going back was the wisest thing we should be doing in order to keep the instruments save but we knew we should always finish what we started. We kept marching and gained many supporters along the way. The spectators all cheered for us which boosted up our spirits even higher.  Thank you, you all!

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 Together, we have overcome all the obstacles together as a band and as the family we are.

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