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Workshop By Mr Simon Ng

On the 24th of May, Mr Simon Ng, a well known band director came all the way from Singapore to visit our band through IMH. He taught us many new techniques and exposed us to a lot of information on Singaporean and Japanese bands. He visits Japanese bands very frequently and he is known as Mr. Takashi there. Mr Simon gave us suggestions to improve ourselves and he hopes to come back and visit us again to see how our band grows.

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We are very thankful and grateful that he came over to Kuching to listen to us, voluntarily! He is a very friendly and respected band director. Thank you, Mr Simon!

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Mr Simon and Mr Brian

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The group photo with Mr Simon!

-Serene

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Food Sale and New Instruments! :D

Today, on the 5th of April 2014 (Parent Teacher Day for this Mid Term), we had a food sale to raise funds to buy new instruments/ mouthpieces/ cases. All of us worked together to bring food from home to be sold outside the Music Room. I would like to thank each and everyone who brought/ bought the food today from the bottom of my heart, especially to the parents of our members who prepared most of the food we sold, because without the support from all of you, today’s sale wouldn’t be possible.

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Food glorious food! (picture stolen from Kim)

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A few of the Form 1s and the Form 5s!

 

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Preparing the orange juice 🙂

 

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Food sale!

 

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Some of the Form 2s selling pudding, cupcakes and chocolate coated cookies, yum!

 

 

After the sale, we announced the members who were going to play the two new Yamaha flutes which we bought a few weeks ago after a short internal audition. The two members are Allyssa Amanda and Claudia Teo, congratulations! 🙂 We all know that they are going to take reallllyy good care of the new instruments of our band.

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Natalia, the Section Leader of the Flute Section, handing the new flute to Allyssa accompanied by Mr Brian

 

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Natalia handing the new flute to Claudia, accompanied by Mr Brian

 

Then, Mr Brian gave out a bottle of Sticky candy to the most improved section for this period. The bottle of Sticky candy goes to……. the Tenor Saxophones!

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Mr Brian awarding the bottle of Sticky candy to the Section Leader of the Saxophone Section, Audrey Kho

-Serene

 

 

Team Building Time!

On the 22nd of March, which was also the start of the mid-term holidays, the Form 4s organized a team building session with all band members at 10.30 a.m. in the Teresian Hall after we had full band practice. This activity was held to strengthen the bonds between band members of every form and also to promote teamwork in the band.

 

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Introduction and briefing from the Form 4s

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The newspaper game! (everyone looks so loving in this picture!)

 

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The ‘boom’ game

 

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Getting into groups

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Ending everything with the band cheer! St3 Band Dynamite!

 

 

Band Workshop from Mr Mike Booty

On the 12th of March, we were given the opportunity to welcome Mr. Mike Booty, Chairman and Musical Director of the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band (SYNYSB) based in Diss, South Norfolk to our band, STS Band with much help from International Music House (IMH). SNYSB is an internationally well-known band as they give out as many as 30 concerts annually, touring many different countries and also won many international awards. We felt really honoured to be given a chance to meet him despite his tight schedule for the week. We appreciate his help very much as we learnt many many things through this workshop. He also exposed us to new and great new methods to guide the band 🙂

This is their official website, please take a look for more information on their band:

http://www.snysb.org.uk/Hpage.php

Here are the photos of the workshop:

 

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Mr Mike conducting ‘Prince of Egypt’

 

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Amber, our dear conductress 🙂

 

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Mr Brian, our band director conducting ‘Titanic’ during the workshop

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Flutes

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The clarinet section

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Mr Mike guiding our band director on the pieces we played

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Trumpets

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Trombone section

 

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Percussion section

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!

 

 

 

New Band Members!

Today, (5/2/14) we had our first official sectionals with the new juniors! 

We started off with the Physical Exercise Program which consists of running (laps), frog jumps, helicopters (you have to put out your arms straight and move them around in circles), sit ups and pushups. The program is divided into sessions where two Form 2s will be in-charge for each session to lead the program. Each session consists of different activities and the intensity increases by a little after a few sessions.

Then, everyone cooled down and went back to the Music Room for sectionals under the guidance of Mr Brian.

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Woodwinds and brasses

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Everyone trying their best to teach the new band members 🙂

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The percussion section during sectionals!

 

Serene

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