5 Reasons Why Band Investitures Are Fun

5 Reasons Why Band Investitures Are Fun

Investitures are a yearly affair in most band programmes. These ceremonies have always been an integral part of the band tradition in Singapore, whereby the graduating batch of leaders will handover their roles formally to the upcoming batch of leaders. The Band Post...
Why Band Music Is Important

Why Band Music Is Important

The Positive Impact of Wind Band Music The Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation for Wind Bands has always been the hype of the Singapore band scene. It is a parade of Singapore school bands; a showcase of the talents and efforts put in by the conductor and...
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...
Selecting A Trumpet Mouthpiece

Selecting A Trumpet Mouthpiece

In selecting trumpet mouthpieces, I have some theories for myself. Although these rules have changed many times in my trumpet career, I still have some general rules when making these choices. Here is a list of mouthpieces that I have used with Bb trumpet over the...
Have a Heart, Be a Great Teacher

Have a Heart, Be a Great Teacher

“YOU GOTTA HAVE H.E.A.R.T.” The seed of this article came from a student who was asked to write a paper about her most influential teacher. She had to describe what separated this particularly educator from all those who had been a part of her school experiences. The...
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...
Choosing An Oboe Reed in Singapore

Choosing An Oboe Reed in Singapore

The mystery of oboe reeds has been a baffling subject to the oboists and non-oboists alike. Among many issues, choosing oboe reeds is one of the most frustrating issues. They are costly, they are volatile, and they are easily damaged. During purchase, reeds have many...
The Life of Fennell

The Life of Fennell

(1) With much gratitude to Rissho- Kosei-kai and Maestro Fennell. If I was to sum up the charm of Frederick Fennell’s music in a single phrase, that will be “overwhelming presence”. Fennell (during his first visit to Japan) appeared for his first rehearsal session in...
What Do You Make?

What Do You Make?

In this coming April, performing arts Co-curricular activities (CCA) will be gearing up for the various Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentations organized by the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s Arts Education Branch (AEB). One may be familiar with the hype and...