Youth band gives con­cert

Manawatu Guardian - - STEPPING OUT -

The Sal­va­tion Army at­mos­phere was charged with the sound of melody from the Suzume Youth Band SYB.

The Ja­panese band in their first tour of New Zealand vis­ited Palmer­ston North on Au­gust 23 and thrilled the au­di­ence with se­lec­tions of hymns, folk songs, and clas­si­cal mu­sic.

The 37-year-old band, led by its pioneer con­duc­tor Teruo Yabu­uchi, en­ter­tained the gath­er­ing with Spirit of Youth, com­posed by Goff Richards; Sum­mon the Dragon by Peter Gra­ham; Pa­nis An­geli­cus by Ce` sar Franck; Ave Maria by Gi­ulio Cac­cini, to men­tion but a few.

A 16-year-old soloist, Miu Mo­to­mura, pre­sented the eu­pho­nium solo, Blay­don Races, ar­ranged by Gordon Lang­ford.

The band also pre­sented Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Mu­sic.

SYB is a com­mu­nity brass band mod­elled af­ter the Bri­tish style brass band.

Its mem­ber­ship is drawn from ele­men­tary and ju­nior schools across Ut­sunomiya City in the Kanto re­gion of Ja­pan.

The main pur­pose of SYB is to de­velop young mu­si­cians for their schools and to also de­velop young peo­ple to live good and won­der­ful lives.

The band was first in­tro­duced to the Sal­va­tion Army’s Welling­ton Ci­tadel

‘The

main pur­pose of SYB is to de­velop young mu­si­cians for their schools and to also de­velop young peo­ple to live good and won­der­ful

’ lives.

Band WCB dur­ing their se­cond tour to Ja­pan in 1985. They later part­nered with WCB in con­certs and mas­ter classes in 2007 and 2013.

They will per­form in Welling­ton un­til Au­gust 28.

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