Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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 wikipedia.org 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.

sounds+silence=music
rsmf

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