THE smart uniform and the spirit of camaraderie were the initial attraction of the school band, but SMK Seri Kembangan wind band members soon fell in love with the music.
Their passion for playing music stayed with them even after they had left school.
Some band members got together to form the Seri Kembangan Youth (SKY) Wind Band in January this year.
Band director Vincent Ng said the community band has 48 students and working adults aged between 14 and 28 from Seri Kembangan and other parts of the Klang Valley.
“The band was formed with the aim of introducing wind band music and to promote music as a hobby and healthy activity.
“Wind band helps us shape our personalities while we hone our music skills,” he said.
The band practices every Friday at SJK(C) Serdang Baru 1 and SMK Seri Kembangan.
Having participated in joint concerts and master classes, they are ready to present their premiere concert on Sunday under the baton of guest directors, Mitsuo Nonami from Okinawa, Japan, and Joost Flach from the Netherlands.
Nonami said that young talented Malaysians were “stones waiting to be polished”.
Using a YouTube video clip of a little girl singing to her heart’s content as an example, Nonami said they could be accomplished musicians if exposed to the right training and education.
“The music comes from their hearts while the techniques can be taught,” he said.
He added that the future of orchestra seemed quite promising here, with families attending concerts together instead of just those involved in bands.
A mininum of 12 songs will be played during the concert, ranging from classical to contemporary music.
There will be two soloists — saxaphonist Yang Tong, a professor at China Contral Conservatory, and Ng Su Chee, who was said to be the first professional oboist in Malaysia.
This is Yang’s second visit to Malaysia and he too, was impressed with the youths’ talents.
“For a start, we can show them the right path and from there they should walk and continue the journey by themselves,” he said.
The concert will be held from 3pm to 5.30pm at Auditorium Perdanasiswa Universiti Malaya.
Admission passes can be obtained through donations.
Those interested to join Sky Wind Band can also arrange for auditions with them.
For details, call Ng (012-325 7108), Lim Yee Chen (012-944 7132), Stella Sit (012-301 2808) or Issac Chong (016-225 3728).