Sunday, January 31, 2010

Christmas & New Year Performance

Venue: Mahkota Parade, Malacca
Date: 1st January 2010
Time: 3 p.m - 5 p.m

Emcees : Ex-seniors.

Conductor: Mr Ronald Hendriks

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas & New Year Greetings

Join us in the spirit of Christmas and 2010 New Year (and maybe the reopening of school) Celebration at the Mahkota Parade main stage at 3.00 p.m. on 1st January 2010! See you there!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Combine Meet with the Zheng Hua Primary School Brass Band

Venue : SMK IJC Hall
Date : 16th November 2009 (Monday)
Time : 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Purpose : To understand the composition of a secondary school band
Visitor : Zheng Hua Singapore Primary School Brass Band (Overseas Learning Experience)

Polished Brilliance

I greatly apologise for the not so orderly arrangement of blogposts. Incorrect sequence. But I deeply think that everyone, especially band members everywhere should know what actually is a 'marching band' or 'military band' to be precise. (refering to the official name of SMK IJC Military Band Melaka) No, I'm not that professional in defining stuffs. Therefore, the help of is desperately needed.

"A military band is a group of personnel that perform musical duties for military functions, usually for the armed forces. A typical military band consists mostly of wind and percussion instrument. The conductor of a band commonly bears the title of Bandmaster or Director of Music. Ottoman military bands are thought to be the oldest variety of military marching band in the world.

The military band should be capable of playing ceremonial and marching music, including the national anthems and patriotic songs of not only their own nation but others as well, both while stationary and as a marching band. Military bands also play a part in military funeral ceremonies.

There are two types of historical traditions in military bands. The first is military field music. This type of music includes bugles (or other natural instruments such as natural trumpets or natural horns), bagpipes, or fifes and almost always drums. This type of music was used to control troops on the battlefield as well as for entertainment. Following the development of instruments such as the keyed trumpet or the saxhorn family of brass instruments, a second tradition of the brass and woodwind military band was formed.

The term "military band" may also be applied to civilian marching bands that play military-style music, march in mostly straight-line formations and have similar instrumentation and beat to military bands."

However, this definition is not fully accepted as all of you know, SMK IJC Military Band is school-based extracurricular activity, thus limiting the membership to only students of SMK IJC Melaka. Pioneerly a brass band, the band has blossomed to consist of 3 sections-brass, percussion and woodwind. And besides drilling with music, SMK IJC Military Band also performs at static on stage.

Once a band member, always a band member. For those who hold on to this phrase, their hearts will still be with the band eventhough after retirement (resignation, expulsion or compulsory). To those who really had towering interest in the band, I'd dare say, really do their best in ensuring the smooth bringing of the band, from the discipline aspect to the attendance aspect, from being eager to being loyal yet knowledgeable and most importantly, from understanding music to loving music.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Woohoo! My first and last post. =3

Can't believe we're retiring tomorrow. I can still remember the first day I joined band.

Vaguely. ;P


You're on your own now.


Sunday, July 12, 2009


It has finally ended - IJC Military Band Concert 2009 - the Sounds of Silence. Being the director, there are a lot of matter I would like to, and have to touch on.

First of all, the unintended discomfort to the Economy Class audience. Well, I would like to take this oppurtunity to sincerely apologise for this condition. We really didn't expect the circuit to break at the very last minute. By the way, looking at another aspect, the positive one, I'm truly grateful to God. I mean, what if the hall circuit broke down instead of the circuit of the other block? :O

So people, this is your cue to start donating to the IJC Rebuilding Fund, considering the bad wiring and stuff. XD Wait a minute, maybe you should donate to the band. :p I'm sure most of you audience noticed the squeaking sounds coming from the stage. Nope, there were no mice at all, no worries. Its our ragingly ancient instruments. *sob* You people know what to do, right? ;D

Ok, fine fine..moving on. Another matter that requires me to apologise is the impoliteness of my Year 1 juniors. If any of them had offended any of you audience in one way or another, I, on behalf of them, am deeply sorry.

Also, regarding the VIP seats being taken by uncivilised audience. As the director, I've already done my best to ensure this does not happen. As a normal being, I believe the blame shouldn't be put on the band. Instead, sorry to say this, but the people breathing on this earth now should learn to be more civic minded. Sorry to the audience whom the band members were harsh with.

I understand that some of the audience felt that the concert was boring. To me, our beautiful music was drowned by the noises made by the audience. Sorry, audience. Silence is golden, remember? Silence is p-u-r-e.

I guess that's it for now. I'll be updating should any other problem arise from the concert.

Thank you for supporting this concert. Hope to see you next time! :)

Any comment on improving the band/process of the upcoming concert is appreciated.