Conductors to Watch: Jovan Neo

Conductors to Watch: Jovan Neo

Currently serving as President of the Band Directors’ Association (Singapore), Jovan Neo is an avid music lover, whose passion for conducting started when he was a Euphonium player in his secondary school, playing under the guidance of Mr Ng Eng Kee. “I quickly...
Going Abroad: Tan Aik Kee

Going Abroad: Tan Aik Kee

Commissioned as an officer of the Singapore Armed Forces on 1 Aug 2004, ME5 Tan Aik Kee is currently the Director of Music for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Ceremonial Band.  In 1993, ME5 Tan joined the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Band and was later appointed...
Two Commissions for NUS Wind Symphony

Two Commissions for NUS Wind Symphony

The upcoming concert by NUS Wind Symphony, InTempo’22: Musical Escapades will feature two pieces newly-commissioned by NUS Centre For the Arts (NUS CFA), namely Emergence and anew, composed by local composers Gu Wei and Lee Jia Yi respectively, made possible by the Ho...
Conductors to Watch: Jacintha Tan

Conductors to Watch: Jacintha Tan

Intrigued by the piano at church, Jacintha Tan attended her first piano and music lesson in Kindergarten 1, with the support of her parents. Her music journey started in Temasek Secondary School, when she joined the band and was assigned to play the clarinet. She then...
Conductors to Watch: Jasen How

Conductors to Watch: Jasen How

With an interest in music since young, Jasen How joined the band in Nan Hua Secondary School (now known as Nan Hua High School) where he played the Saxophone. It was in Secondary Three that he volunteered to move sections when the band ran out of percussionists. He...
NUS Wind Symphony to debut new commissioned work

NUS Wind Symphony to debut new commissioned work

Written by Thomas Harper and NUS Wind Symphony Daily life as a student at NUS is challenging. Not only is the workload significant, but there’s a constant, underlying message that today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders, and that it will be our challenge to forge...
The Future of Our Tomorrow?

The Future of Our Tomorrow?

On 20 February, a band exchange hosted by Yishun Primary School saw 7 participating bands from St. Anthony’s Primary School, St. Joseph’s Institution Junior, Catholic Primary School, Rivervale Primary School, Naval Base Primary School and Bendemeer Primary...
Classics of Our Own: A Personal List – Part Two

Classics of Our Own: A Personal List – Part Two

Do Singaporean wind bands have a repertoire they can call their own? Do we have our own “classics”? Indeed we do, but we seem to be reluctant to celebrate these works as well as their composers, and failed to give them the recognition they richly deserve. Here is a...