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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.

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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

 

 

 

Koperasi Day

                On the 18th of June, our school had the annual Koperasi Day celebration. We started off the ceremony as usual with Negaraku and Ibu Pertiwiku. We also played Disney Spectacular for the performance part of the ceremony. The audience gave us their full attention which was great! Afterwards, our band sold ice cream, bracelets, brownies, puddings and orange juice and it was a big hit.

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Band juniors preparing for the sale

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Disney SPECTACULAR!

-Sharon

Sports Day

                        Our school sport’s day was held on the 27th of May at the Jubilee Stadium. Traditionally, every year our band would be marching but due to the unexpected bad weather, we had to play under the shelter. Nevertheless, we played our marching songs, which were Abington Ridge, The Hustle and Sousa Spectacular energetically. It was definitely a new experience for all of us but we do hope to show our marching skills next year.

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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

Mr. Stephen’s Retirement Ceremony

On the 15th January 2014, SMK St. Teresa organized a formal assembly in conjunction with Mr. Stephen’s retirement. The assembly began at 12.30 p.m. and was attended by both morning and afternoon session teachers.

 

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It was the first performance of the year! 🙂

We played ‘Freedom’s Light’ and ‘Celebration Overture’, lead by Amber, the conductress. Both of the songs were by James Swearingen. Mr. Brian Lasung suggested the songs as he said they were appropriate for the ceremony.

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Merdeka Celebration 2011

On the 26th August 2011, the school celebrated Malaysia’s 54 years of independence grandly. The whole school was asked to come in traditional clothes to symbolise racial harmony. The band members were also spared from wearing their band uniform on this day. The event was held at the school hall. A total of 49 band members participated this event. All Form 1, 2 and 4 band members and a few Form 3 band members performed. The school band performed two songs ‘Wannabe’ and “Taylor Swift in Concert’ lead by our conductress, Heather Tan. All hard works and effort had been put into this performance so that it would be a successful one.

the band and their members and crazy president

Band Group photo

with seniors

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