Award-winning school band in need of funds for Jakarta stint

From China with love: The Sultanah Asma School band members posing for a photo during their visit to Beijing last year.

THE winner of multiple band displays — Sultanah Asma School (SAS) band of Alor Setar — will once again make its presence felt in the international scene.

This time, the school will be vying at the World Association of Marching Show Band Competition 2015 in Jakarta in July.

However, its 130 members are in dire need of funds to make the Jakarta trip possible.

School principal Kartini Zakaria said several musical instruments had to be replaced while band members needed new uniforms.

She said funds were also required for transportation and accommodation for the band members for a week.

Kartini appealed to well-wishers and corporate bodies to offer financial assistance to the SAS band, so that it could continue maintaining its reputation as an excellent band internationally.

She added that the school needed an estimated RM150,000 for the competition in Jakarta.

Formed in 1972, the band made its break in 1997 when it was placed second in the Terengganu Open Band Competition.

The band had not looked back since then and had won several national-level competitions including the national school competition in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

The big day came for the band in 2004 when it obtained international recognition by emerging overall champion in the 5th International Music Festival held in Guiliano, Italy.

Since then, it went on to capture several international marching competitions held in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore.

To cap off its achievements, the band members were bestowed with the prestigious Sudler Shield in 2012 for their world-class excellence in marching performances.

The award was personally presented by the World Association of Marching Show Bands president and chief executive officer Robert G. Eklund to Kartini.

The Sudler Shield is an international award endowed by the John Philip Sousa Foundation based in the United States.

Last year, the band garnered several individual and team honours at the Beijing International Marching Band Carnival 2014.

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