Date: Sunday December 24 Performance: 3 p.m. start
Venue: ACT City Hamamatsu, Main Hall
Conductor: Nobuya Sugawa
Special Guest: SINSKE (Marimba)
Guests: Takahashi Hiroko (Organ), Airin Sai(Harp)
The Yamaha Symphonic Band's Christmas Concert was marked by pleasant weather and clear skies.
For Nobuya Sugawa, appointed as the Band's resident conductor this August, this was his debut performance as conductor in front of a Hamamatsu audience.
Before the concert, a capacity crowd of 2200 people queued outside waiting for the doors to open.
Mr. Sugawa started the concert with a saxophone solo, "Oh Holy Night," with an organ accompaniment.
The concert continued with Christmas favorites such as "The Nutcracker," "Jingle Bells," and "The Sound of Music." Special guest SINSKE also added life to the event with his rendition of "Prism Rhapsody," a marimba concerto.
The Symphonic Band gave a sterling performance, and received a standing ovation for their encore.
Also attending the concert with the band were the students of the Hamamatsu School for Handicapped Children, who are invited to the concert every year.
The Christmas Concert
Performing "Clarinet Candy"
Nobuya Sugawa conducts as Santa
Resident conductor Nobuya Sugawa responds to the audience after the final number
55th All Japan Band Concours
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2007
Performance starts 9:45
Venue: Main Hall, Nagano Kenmin Bunka Kaikan
Yamaha Symphonic Band Wins Gold for the 27th Time
On Sunday November 4th, 55 members of the Yamaha Symphonic Band took the gold medal in the workplace division of the All Japan Band Concours held in Nagano city, where they were representing the Tokai Division.
The band left Hamamatsu at seven am the previous day, traveling by bullet train to Nagano city. After eating lunch at the Metropolitan Hotel in front of Nagano Station, they moved on to the Nagano Kenmin Bunka Kaikan in two buses, taking time to view the autumn leaves on the way. Although the November weather was a little cold, the band practiced for three hours in preparation for the competition with Nobuya Sugawa conducting.
At 5am the following morning, when it was still dark, they borrowed a banquet hall from the hotel for a practice, checking both the set piece and their own selection before transferring to the Bunka Kaikan for the concours.
Although the performance went mostly as practiced, the mood was gloomy until everyone heard the results. Mr. Sugawa and the band were on edge until the gold medal was announced, when at last the load was lifted from their shoulders, and everyone shared in the exultation.
Over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of October, the Yamaha Symphonic Band welcomed nine noted instructors to the Music Garden at Yamaha´s Tsumagoi resort for some intense practice session.
The afternoon of the first day centered on individual instruction for the various sections of the band, with ensemble practice after dinner, at which each of the instructors gave detailed advice to band members. Held once a year, these practices are a real luxury and are extremely intensive. From 8:30 of the second day, we received coaching in sections, then from 11 o´clock, received group instruction designed to increase our overall ability and performance.
Since the Symphonic Band performance national meet is soon, we asked each teacher to give us instruction for the set piece, "III. Akogare no Machi" by Toshiaki Minami, and our own selection, "Saiwai no Ryu," by Jun Nagao. It was a very successful two days.
90th Anniversary of the Founding of Shoeido Music
"Yamaha Symphonic Band - Public Performance in Gifu"
Date: Saturday September 29, 2007
Doors open: 15:00 Performance starts: 15:30
Venue: Kagamihara Shimin Kaikan Dai Hall
Sponsor: Shoeido Musical Instruments Co., Ltd.
Conductor: Toshiaki Morita (Resident conductor of the Yamaha Symphonic Band)
Guest: Hiroyuki Endo (saxophone), Eric Miyashiro (trumpet)
The Yamaha Symphonic Band welcomed conductor laureate Toshiaki Morita to its public performance in Gifu, held in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of Shoeido Music, performing one section of classical music and two sections of pops.
For the first section, the band also welcomed local saxophonist Hiroyuki Endo for a performance of J Naulais&´
"Faisons pour Saxophone Alto."
In the next section Eric Miyashiro joined us to perform "The Rocky Theme" by B.Conti, "I remember Clifford" by B. Golson, and "The Theme to Startrek" by J. Goldsmith, to the delight of the audience.
Approximately one thousand people attended, all of whom enjoyed the concert immensely.
Special Performance Program
Conductor: Honorary conductor Toshiaki Morita
Yamaha Symphonic Band
Yamaha Symphonic Band
Guest: Eric Miyashiro
62nd Tokai Band Concours University / Workplace / Open Division
Date: Sunday, September 2, 2007
Venue: Gifu :Gifu Hashima Culture Center
Yamaha Symphonic Band Qualifies for National Meet
The University, Workplace, and Open divisions of the Tokai Band Concours were held on September 2 at the Gifu Hashima Culture Center. The Yamaha Symphonic Band performed two numbers. In the twelve minutes allotted the band played both Toshiaki Minami´s "III. Akogare no machi" and Jun Nagao´s "Saiwai no Ryu." With an audience filling two-thirds of the hall, Nobuya Sugawa walked to the podium, and the performance began. Despite some nervousness, the band came through with a wonderful, warm performance that won them both the Asahi Shimbun and the Prefectural Governor´s awards. The 55th national meet of the All Japan Band Concours will be held at the Nagano Kenmin Bunka Kaikan on Sunday November 4.
Set piece:III Akogare no Machi / Toshiaki Minami
Free selection:Saiwai no Ryu / Jun Nagao
The 78th National Intercity Nonpro Baseball Championship Series
Tuesday August 28 Game 3 (6pm start)
Tokyo Dome Yamaha (Hamamatsu City) vs Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance (Tokyo City)
In a repeat of last year´s events, Yamaha once again gained a place in the finals of the National Intercity Nonpro Baseball Championship Series. The first game was against Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, who had come through some tough competition to represent the Tokyo area.
The entire Yamaha Symphonic Band took the bullet train to Tokyo to cheer on their team at Tokyo Dome.
Wearing blue "Kando" t-shirts, the band put on an impassioned performance, bringing the cheering in the Yamaha corner (near third base) to a feverish pitch. The game was close, with Yamaha winning 1-0.
Everybody cheering in the stands
The brass section of the Yamaha Symphonic Band
Performing with the Symphonic Band Cheer girls
48th Shizuoka Prefecture Symphonic Band Concours
University / Workplace / General Public
Date: Sunday August 5, 2007
Venue: Yaizu Culture Center Main Hall
Yamaha Symphonic Band Winds Gold Selected to play in the 62nd Tokai Symphonic Band Concours
The season for Symphonic Band Concours is once again upon us.
We welcomed Nobuya Sugawa to his position as our new resident conductor as we went to the Prefectural Concours. This was of course, the first time Mr. Sugawa had conducted the Yamaha Symphonic Band. He practiced for a short while at Yamaha headquarters on the day of the concert before traveling by bus to the Yaizu Culture Center. In addition to being the first time that Mr. Sugawa had ever conducted at a Concours, that day was filled with other firsts for us. We warmed up quickly in the rehearsal room before moving on the actual performance, for which we took first place. The Asahi award - given to the best band of all in the University, Workplace, and General divisions… it turns out that Mr. Sugawa is a strong finisher!
Set piece:III Akogare no Machi / Toshiaki Minami
Free selection:Saiwai no Ryu / Jun Nagao
Yamaha Symphonic Band
Mr. Sugawa in the rehearsal room
Mr. Sugawa before the performance
Band members chat in the corridor while waiting to perform
In the audience seats when the winner is announced
Everyone is delighted at the win
78th National Intercity Amateur Baseball Championship Series, Tokai Region, second round
Venue: Okazaki Baseball Stadium
Yamaha´s Baseball Team has been selected to represent the region at the National Intercity Amateur Baseball Championship Series
The Yamaha Symphonic Band traveled to Okazaki Baseball stadium for each of Yamaha´s games, in an effort to cheer them on to victory in the second round of selection at the 78th National Intercity Amateur Baseball Championship Series held from June 21 through July 2. The hot sun meant sunburns and bright red faces for all. Maybe our cheering helped as our team was selected as the fifth representative to move on to the next stage.
This next stage will be held in the Tokyo Dome from August 24 to September 4. The Yamaha Baseball team will pay Meiji Yasuda Insurance in the third match on August 28, and the Yamaha Symphonic Band plans to go to the Tokyo Dome to cheer the on.
We hope to see you there too!
Yamaha Symphonic Band 42nd annual concert
Saturday, June 9, 2007 Doors open: 6p.m.
Venue: ACT City Hamamatsu Main Hall
Conductor: Takeya Sakai
The Yamaha Symphonic Band held its 42nd annual concert in the ACT City Hamamatsu Main Hall in central Hamamatsu on June 9.
The 72 members of the band gave enthusiastic renditions of five pieces, including Respighi´s “Belkis, Queen of Sheba,” Glinka´s “Russlan and Ludmilla Overture,” and Stravinsky´s “Ebony Concerto.” With Takeya Sakeya at the baton, the concert entranced the two thousand-strong audience.
For its opening piece, the band performed the 1970-vintage “Yamaha Concerto,” in memory of Mr. Hishinuma, a retired member of the Yamaha´s board of directors who passed away in January, and who had served as both the fourth and sixth leader of the band. Mr. Hishinuma, who served as bandleader for a total of 16 years, played the flute at the 1966 All-Japan Symphonic Band Concours in 1966, taking the Yamaha Symphonic Band to its first victory.
In an emotional moment, the band members played the memorial piece solemnly, and closed with a minute of prayer for Mr. Hishinuma.
The Yamaha Symphonic Band Annual Concert program
Hamamatsu Festival “Band Parade”
Venue: Hamamatsu City Center
Friday, May 4th, 5p.m. start
Middle Air Area Self Defense Forces Band / Hamamatsu City Fire Department Band / Yamaha Symphonic Band/
11 other bands
Brazil / Mi Amore
“Lifeguard” Guard Team
The Hamamatsu Festival´s customary “Band Parade” took place on May 4, featuring 750 people from 11 different bands, including high school and bands made up of the general public, as the Yamaha Symphonic band, who played to the crowds of delighted spectators thronging the streets.
Helped out by this year´s guests, the “Lifeguard” guard team, the parade wound through a course roughly one kilometer long, with the 55 members of the Yamaha Symphonic Band performing third from the front.
2007 Yamaha Corporation New Entrants´ Ceremony
Monday, April 2, 2007
Venue: Building 18, Yamaha Headquarters
On April 2, the Yamaha Symphonic Band welcomed the 131 new college and senior high school graduates joining the company with the march “Pomp and Circumstance.” Following greetings from company president Shuuji Itou and a representative of the new employees, attendees joined together with the Symphonic Band to sing the company song, and then listened to the welcoming performance in a ceremony such as only Yamaha could provide.
The symphonic band accompanies employees as they sing the company song
30th All-Japan Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 (Public Holiday)
Venue: Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall
Representing the Tokai region, the Yamaha Symphonic Band captured the gold medal for the second year in a row at the "30th All-Japan Ensemble Concert".
On Wednesday March 21, the percussion quintet from the Yamaha Symphonic band took the gold medal at the “30th All-Japan Ensemble Concert.” The concert, held by the All Japan Band Association in the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, was the host to eight bands representing the eight regions of Japan, each attending to compete in the workplace division. The Yamaha quintet performed “Runa,” an original piece less than five minutes in length composed for the Yamaha symphonic band by Yousuke Nomoto. The Yamaha quintet took to the stage first in an atmosphere fraught with tension, giving an inspiring performance to the two thousand-strong audience, bringing them victory for the second consecutive year.
All-Japan Ensemble Concert Program
21st Century Wind Music “10th Anniversary Kyo-En”
Date: 1p.m., Sunday, March 18, 2007
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Main Hall
Conductor: Guest Conductors E. Kramer, Toshirou Ozawa
March “Mozart no Jikan” (Hiroki Takahashi)
Quadruple Quartet/ (Chansu Kou)
Muta in Concerto/ (Rika Ishige) - Guest: Nobuya Sugawa
This unusual concert featured compositions by strictly Japanese composers. In this, the tenth time the event has been held, the Yamaha Symphonic Band was number three on the program.
For “Muta in Concerto,” the third piece in the band´s recital, guest conductor Toshirou Ozawa and guest saxophonist Nobuya Sugawa took the stage for a wonderful performance.
“Muta in Concerto” was also nominated for a Shimotani award for encouragement in 2006. The awards ceremony took place at a JBA combined meeting held over June 23 and 24. The performance of a march and a 16-piece ensemble piece with guest conductor Ray E. Cramer was also well received and left no doubt as to the strength of the Yamaha Symphonic Band. The symphonic band has had compositions written for it every year since 1970, and now possesses a repertoire of 44 original pieces.
Guest Conductors: Toshirou Ozawa
Guest: Nobuya Sugawa
Shizuoka Prefecture Eastern Symphonic Band Association 50th Anniversary Concert
«Special Performance :
Yamaha Symphonic Band»
On February 18 2007, to commemorate the 50th year since their founding, the Shizuoka Prefecture Eastern Symphonic Band Association held an anniversary concert in the main hall at Fuji Bunka Kaikans Rose Theater.
Invited to give a special guest performance, the Yamaha Symphonic Band provided the last of 20 performances on the day, with Hiroyuki Kayou guesting as conductor.
We began the first half of our performance with the march “Arsenal,” followed by “Carmen Fantasy” and finally “Armenian Dance” with guest flutist Ayako Maeda.
For the second half, we played the old favorites “Sound of Music” and “West Side Story” before closing with a captivating rendition of “Rhapsody in Blue” with Yasuto Tanaka on saxophone.
Guest conductor: Hiroyuki Kayou
Guest Saxophonist: Yasuto Tanaka
33rd Tokai Ensemble Concert, 2007
University Division / Workplace Division / Elementary School Division / Junior-High school Division
10 a.m., Saturday, February 10, 2007
Venue: Nagoya Shimin Bunka Kaikan Medium Hall
Representatives from each Prefecture in the 33rd Tokai Ensemble Contest held in the Nagoya Shimin Bunka Kaikan, giving their best performances in the hope of winning a place in in the 30th All Japan Ensemble Contest held on Wednesday March 21, 2007.
The percussion quintet and a clarinet octet from the Yamaha Symphonic band competed in the workplace division, both winning gold. However only one group could go on to the nationals, and the judges voted to send the percussion quintet.
40th Shizuoka Prefecture Wind and Percussion Ensemble Contest, University, Company & General Division
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Venue: Kakegawa City Bunka Kaikan Sione Main Hall
“Clarinet octet and percussion quintet won gold prize and made to Tokai Contest”
From the Yamaha Symphonic Band, 3 ensembles (percussion quintet, clarinet octet and woodwind quintet) participated in University, Company and General Division. The winners from among 51 participants were to further compete in the 33rd Tokai Ensemble Contest. All three received the gold prize. The clarinet octet won the 1st prize, Asahi Award and the percussion quintet also qualified to participate in the Tokai Contest. However, the woodwind ensemble could not make it because of the contest regulation that does not allow the 3rd ensemble participating from the same company.