Nishihara SHS Marching Band wins the top award in Netherlands’ international music contest

Nishihara SHS Marching Band wins the top award in Netherlands' international music contest

Members of the Nishihara SHS marching band club won the top international award for the first time in 12 years at the WMC (world music contest) Kerkrade in the Netherlands on July 23. (Photgraph provided by Nishihra SHS)


August 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nishihara Senior High School Marching Band won the top international award in the marching and show band categories of the WMC (world music contest) Kerkrade, which is held in the Netherlands once every four years.

Nishihara received the best international award for the first time in 12 years.

The organizer announced the results on a live stream at around 6:30 p.m. on July 30.

With 61 members, considerably less than other bands, Nishihara displayed its ingenuity with its formation and selection of music, playing The Beatles’ songs to attract an audience.

Members of the Nishihara SHS Marching Band were pleased to win the award they hoped for.

The top international awards were selected from the gold medal winners among overseas participating groups.

The Nishihara SHS Marching Band received the award in 2001 and 2005.

Yuuki Nakamoto, the advisor of the marching band, said, “We tried the Beetles’ songs which are popular around the world.

The venue’s reaction was marvelous! We received a standing ovation at the end of the performance. We were able to perform a show that united us with the venue, sharing the same feelings.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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