Band to serenade visitors at gardens on Sunday

Abdul Rafique (left) and PFS principal Jalil Saad posing for a photo after the launch of the school’s Archives and Cultural Centre.

VISITORS to the Penang Botanic Gardens this Sunday will be in for a treat as the award-winning Penang Free School (PFS) band will be performing at the garden’s bandstand.

This is one of many programmes lined up for the countdown of the school’s bicentenary celebration.

The public will get to enjoy 14 jazz, pop and instrumental numbers from the brass band, colour guards, wind orchestra, drumline and more from 4pm to 6pm.

PFS board of governors chairman Datuk Abdul Rafique Abdul Karim told a press conference that the drumline won the Putrajaya International Invitational Drumline Competition beating other schools and international drumlines.

He also said the Old Frees’ drum section would also be coming back to perform alongside the juniors.

“The event is aimed at bringing back the tradition of the yesteryear in Penang where there used to be a municipal band playing at the gardens on Sundays.

“People can come have picnics in the gardens and listen to the music,” he said.

Abdul Rafique added that there would be a ‘The Wizard of Oz’ school play to be held over three consecutive days from April 1.

He said there would be a Mega Carnival at the school premises on April 10 from 9am to 5pm as part of its 200th anniversary celebrations.

“The event will be graced by Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan and we expect to raise RM100,000 from the event which will go to the school and its parents-teachers association.”

Abdul Rafique said tickets priced at RM50 per booklet could be obtained from the school or the Old Frees’ Association in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.

On a related matter, he hoped that the state will gazette the school under the National Heritage Act as a heritage institution in time for its 200th anniversary celebrations on Oct 21.

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