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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!

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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.

Concert Collaboration with IMH

Last week on the 28th of June, we the Symphonic Brass Band of St Teresa together with St Teresa’s Choir had our concert in collaboration with International Music House entitled ‘Una Noche de Música’ meaning a Night in Music. This magnificent concert was held at Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Center located near St Joseph Cathedral.

After weeks and weeks of intensive practices and dancing rehearsals, we managed to pull off an amazing performance. For our part of the concert, we played Frozen (a newly composed piece by Mr. Brian, our instructor), John Williams, Prince of Egypt and Disney Spectacular. We also played Language of Our Hearts at the end of the event together with all the other performers.

For Disney Spectacular, we had to learn a few dance moves from Mr. Simon who was also the one conducting us for said piece. It was tough for all of us at first as some of us were required to stand on chairs and not being able to look at our piece but yet again, we managed to bring off a SPECTACULAR performance. It was definitely a great experience for all of us.

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Getting ready to go on Stage!

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Our first piece, Frozen! burggg it was cold.

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St Teresa Symphonic Brass Band and IMH youth Orchestra!

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Group photo with our dearest principal, Puan Mary John. 🙂

-Sharon

 

 

 

Teacher’s Day 2014

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Once again, it’s teacher’s day!

On the 16th of May, just a few days after our Mid-year exams, our school held the annual teacher’s day celebration. As usual, we played Negaraku, Ibu Pertiwiku and St. Teresa’s School Song for the formal section of Teacher’s Day 2014, themed, 60s 70s and 80s.

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After that, we kicked start the informal part of the teacher’s day celebration with “Fireflies” and “Prince of Egypt”.

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Then the Form 5s [The Neon Buskers] (that’s us!) presented a ensemble performance “Birdland”. The crowd went wild and the teachers enjoyed it too!

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Upon request from our principal, Puan Mary John, we played “Kwek Mambo” spontaneously as it suits the theme. The prefect councils started dancing to the song on the stage, and so did the teachers! Puan Mary requested all the teachers to be up on the stage to dance. It was definitely a special teacher’s day, different from all the other celebrations. All the teachers enjoyed it, very much!

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The celebration ended at 12 pm with positive comments from the teachers and our principal. Great job everyone! On behalf of the band, I would like to wish all the teachers a Happy Teacher’s Day! Thank you for your dedication and love for us 🙂

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Group photo of (most of) us, the Form 5s to end this post! 🙂

-Serene

Percussion Performance for the 42nd MSS-Sarawak

Today, on the 5th of April, 5 members from the band (Nadya, Ung, Rohayu, Melissa and Serene) went to Jubilee Ground to officiate the closing ceremony for the 42nd MSS-Sarawak together with the Police Cadet team of our school (to take down the MSSS flag), and a few athletes (as playcard holders) of our school, SMK St. Teresa, Kuching. We were accompanied by Puan Chong Siaw Ning, the band teacher in charge for this event (aka former member of our band),

Our band marched for about 80 meters and played a drum roll for the cadets to bring down the MSSS Flag, to officiate the closing ceremony.

 

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Group photo with the cadets and athletes of our school 🙂 Love and Serve.

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While waiting for Rohayu to arrive Jubilee Ground

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Group photo with cadets and a few teachers in charge right before our performance

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Getting ready

 

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Drum roll!

Today’s mini performance went well. We received positive comments from our Principal, Madam Mary and also from the organizers of the event. Great job, percussion! 🙂

-Serene

Pesta Sukan Hasil Se-Sarawak ke-14

Today, we performed the National Anthem, State Anthem and marched for Pesta Sukan Hasil Se-Sarawak ke-14 today at the State Stadium.

Everyone was instructed to be in the Music Room, in full attire to set up by 6.15a.m. We then went on the buses and reached the State Stadium.

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Uniform, check. Black socks and black shoes, check. Brown ribbon, check. Gloves, check. Instruments, check!

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Everyone ready on the tracks

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We had to lead 5 different contingents from East Malaysia of around 30 people

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Milo to conclude our day!

One Band, One Family!

One Band, One Family!

 

Rehearsal for Pesta Sukan Hasil Se-Sarawak ke-14

Hi everyone!

A few weeks ago, our band was invited to perform for Pesta Sukan Hasil Se-Sarawak ke-14 (an event held twice a year by the Sports and Recreation Club of Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri) on the 8th of March. It is going to be held at the State Stadium.

Today, we went for the rehearsal for the event.

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On the bus!

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A group photo before the rehearsal started

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Rehearsal time!

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Resting time! (everyone posed immediately when i took this photo)

Our rehearsal ended at about 11.15 a.m. After a short briefing from the person-in-charge of the event, we thanked our marching instructor, Mr Rovish for helping us with all the marching and the sequences of the event.

Here are some photos of our previous practices: (despite the awkward practice times, for example: right before our mid term examination/ under the hot blazing sun at 12.00 noon, thank you everyone for being able to attend these marching practices!)

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Mr Rovish telling the trombone section about their posture

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Sedia position!

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Remember the heel-toe method?

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Playing our National Anthem and State Anthem in the U Formation

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Counter-march!

 

 

 

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