Thank you, Kazuhiro Morita

Thank you, Kazuhiro Morita

Mr Kazuhiro Morita passed away on 25th August 2021 at the age of sixty-nine. Multiple myeloma was the cause of his death. Popular in the international band scene, Mr Morita is often known as the arranger of Studio-Ghibli band arrangements such as Princess Mononoke,...
Score Analysis of Festival on Earth

Score Analysis of Festival on Earth

Preface I previously wrote an article ‘Score Analysis of Sunny Island’ a few months before 2017 Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation (Secondary School Level), and I heard that it was welcomed by some band directors. This year, I’d like to share my ideas about...
The Harmony of Friendship – Where Music Connects

The Harmony of Friendship – Where Music Connects

Some readers of The Band Post may remember Japanese High School Band Fudooka Wind Orchestra [埼玉県立不動岡高等学校吹奏楽部/FWO] of Saitama Prefectural Fudooka High School from Kazo, Saitama Prefecture in Japan in their first Singapore concert two years ago. According to FWO’s...
The Harmony of Friendship

The Harmony of Friendship

I am glad to introduce a great high school band, the Saitama Prefectural Fudooka High School Wind Orchestra (不動岡高校吹奏楽部), from Kazo, Saitama Prefecture in Japan, to Singaporean band friends! The Fudooka High School was founded in 1886, and has the longest history in...
Score Analysis of Sunny Island

Score Analysis of Sunny Island

Preface In Japan, we have a monthly magazine called “Band Journal” published by Ongaku No Tomo Sha Corp. Every year, it publishes an analysis of set pieces for the All Japan Band Competition (AJBC) a few months before the competition. Similarly in this article, I’d...
RIP Toshio Mashima

RIP Toshio Mashima

(Cover Video: Mr. Toshio Mashima conducting his work “Bay Breeze” with the Shobi Wind Orchestra on 15 September 2014) A piece of very sad news came up in my phone this morning; I could not believe my own eyes. A great star has fallen — Mr. Toshio Mashima...
Everything You Need to Know about AJBC

Everything You Need to Know about AJBC

The All Japan Band Competition (AJBC) is a familiar event to band people from all over the world. Despite the fact that one may have seen the videos of the performances in the National final of the competition through DVD or online clips, I do feel that the structure...
46th JBC – Where Band Enthusiasts Meet

46th JBC – Where Band Enthusiasts Meet

(cover photo: Singapore attendees with interpreter Mr Julian Greening and the author, me!) The Japan Band Clinic (JBC) is held in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka in May every year. It is the biggest conference for band activities in Asia. This year, the 46th JBC took place from...
Impressions of SYF

Impressions of SYF

The Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation for Concert Bands at the Secondary School Level took place from 31st March to 10th April, with the participation of 147 bands over a period of 8 days. During my visit to Singapore then, I attended and listened to...
Analyzing the Present Japanese Band State

Analyzing the Present Japanese Band State

Originally published in the Band Journal 56(7) (2014 June issue), Ongaku No Tomo Sha Corp, p.49, titled “「シンガポールの吹奏楽事情から日本の現状を考える」, the following content is translated from the original article written by Kurokawa, Keiichi in 2014, republished under the permission...