KUALA LUMPUR — December 27, 2017: The brass band of Johor’s Sekolah Tun Fatimah will be representing Malaysia at the marching band 23rd Grand Prix in Jakarta on Friday and Saturday.
Instructor Esty Farrah Musa said the students have been training hard for six months and the competition will give good exposure to the girls and a chance for them to experience competing internationally.
The band’s theme for this competition is Spirit of Asia, embodying and expressing the rich cultures of Asia.
The Mole interviewed some of band members at Kuala Lumpur International Airport before their departure today and found that most find balancing between the band’s activities and academic pursuit a beneficial challenge.
“There are pressures of course but we’ve been trained to handle such pressures since form one,” said band leader Aina Nabeehah Shahrizan, 17.
“Plus, I’m sure most of us view band training as more of a recreational activity rather than gruelling training,” she added.
Other band members nodded in agreement.
One of them, Nurul Fatin Syahidah Rozaidi, 16, had this to say: “I cannot agree more; after all we enlisted ourselves into the band because we simply loved it,” she said.
Even the youngest members sounded as passionate.
Nur Fatin Syahidah Rozaidi, 13, though is nervous about the trip, especially since she is new to travelling abroad, let alone participate in an international competition.
‘But I feel that it is all going to be okay when we’re all together.”
The band has a long standing legacy which dates back to 1973, when it was established by teacher Hyacinth Gaudart.
It is now accompanied by a colour guard team, specialising in flag-spinning to provide additional visual aspect to the band’s performance. At present, it is the only school brass band in Malaysia that has a permanent colour guard team with it.
The band’s past achievements included being champion at state and national levels in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, and the silver award in Red Sonata Festival 2017.