Friday, 7 October 2022
Esplanade Forecourt Garden, 10am


Octoburst! is back live, and we are opening the festival with a blast! Join us at the Forecourt Garden as children from Kinderland Preschool Marching Band perform songs from Oliver and Doraemon. Following that, PIP and Rui Shan will be leading a mass dance for all. Let’s parrrty everybody!

Music has always been the essence of Kinderland’s curriculum. Formed in 2010, the Kinderland Preschool Marching Band takes pride in being the first and only preschool marching band in Singapore. During the pandemic, Kinderland Preschool Marching Band formed the first virtual marching band. Music plays a vital role in the development of every Kinderland child and being part of a marching band reinforces the children’s musical knowledge and motor skills. It also fosters discipline and teamwork and enables children . These elements are crucial for the healthy growth of a child.

Song List:

Consider Yourself: This song is symbolic and timely given how we are transitioning to post-pandemic life. We faced many challenges that we endured and conquered. The song represents the strength in all of us as one family and exhibits the children’s enthusiastic spirit and strong friendship. We have selected this song as it showcases the musical skills children hone from playing the drums (snare, tenor and bass drum) and other instruments like marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel and portable keyboard.

Doraemon: This song is a familiar tune that never fails to put a smile on people’s faces. This song showcases the children’s understanding of a formation and their excellent drumming skills. The formation also allows for ample display of spatial awareness and directionality.

Both tunes seek to empower, train the children’s motor skills and reinforce their musical knowledge.

Kinderland Preschool Marching Band is Singapore’s first and only preschool marching band, located at Kinderland Academy @ Yio Chu Kang.

Our marching band made its debut at Kinderland Sports Fiesta in 2010. In 2017, the Stage Ensemble was introduced as an extension of the successful marching band. The programme benefitted more children in the Kinderland network.

Over the years, Kinderland’s Preschool Marching Band has earned recognition and praises for its various benefits. It has performed numerous times for dignitaries and at events like Singapore World Water Day 2017, PassionArts Festival 2017, ECDA Conferences & Pearson Outstanding Learner Awards 2018, and Octoburst! 2019.

Tan Rui Shan is an actress and dancer/choreographer who graduated from BA(Hons) Musical Theatre from LASALLE College of the Arts. She was awarded the Future Leader Scholarship and a First Class Honours during her course of study. Some of her theatre credits include Kwa Geok Choo (Toy Factory / dir. Goh Boon Teck), The Amazing Celestial Race (Wild Rice / dir. Glenn Goei) and Forbidden City Musical (Singapore Repertory Theatre / dir. Steven Dexter). Some choreography credits include The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) by Singapore Repertory and Behind the Wall by Gateway Arts. 

Written By Editor

A contributing editor at TBP.