VICTORIA Institution’s school band brought pride to the country with an exceptional showing at the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) World Championship held in Taiwan.
The Victoria Institution Cadet Corps Band (VICCB), comprising 81 members aged 13 to 17, played their hearts out over two days at the Taipei Municipal Stadium to finish second, losing out to champions Chien Kuo High School from Taiwan by only 0.6 marks.
Third place went to the Calgary Stetsons Band from Canada.
The VICCB also received several other accolades, including Best Percussion, Best Drill Performance and Best Colour Guards in addition to a Gold Medal ranking for a score of 91.6.
The VICCB Drumline competed in the Drum Battle, in which they lost to the Calgary Stetsons Band in the finals to get second place.
Founded in 1909, the VICCB is considered one of the oldest school bands in Malaysia and has done the country proud in numerous international competitions.
Over the last few months, the band has trained tirelessly, sometimes up to 4am, in the school’s quadrangle.
Band director and former VI student, Muhaizi Mudzakir, said this achievement was the result of sheer hard work and commitment by the bandsmen.
He also expressed his gratitude to the other instructors, most of whom were old boys, as well as the school administration, teachers and parents.
“This was a group effort. Every bandsmen needed to play his part and if one part failed, it would have affected the whole band,” he said.
The judging criteria for the competition were based on overall general effect, music as well as visual effects.
The judges were from Japan, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands.