Jan 7, 2010
On Saturday, December 12th, the APU Wind Orchestra Club held its annual concert at the APU Millennium Hall.
The theme of the 7th Annual Concert was "An Exposition of Music" and the wind orchestra performed James Swearingen's "Celebration For Winds And Percussion"—the piece which won them the gold medal at the Oita Prefecture Wind Orchestra Competition—and Masahiko Suwa's "Variations on a 16th Century Chanson"—the piece they performed at the 2009 All-Japan Band Competition. They performed a total of 10 songs from various genres including a pops medley of music from the Titanic.
In between songs the orchestra members introduced the different instruments and parts to pique the interest of audience members who may not have had much exposure to wind instruments. The audience was packed with APU students and local residents who enjoyed the spirited and fun-filled performance.
The APU club "Switch" ran the sound system for the performance and helped contribute to the overall quality of the experience.
Wind orchestra leader NAKAMOTO Yusuke (APM2, Japan) commented on the performance and discussed his future aspirations, "With the help of many people, I am happy to say we finished our performance without a hitch. We will always remember to show appreciation to the local residents and other students who support us, and we intend to keep practicing so we can give an even better performance in the future."
The APU Wind Orchestra was founded in 2002 and currently has 40 members, including 9 international students. The orchestra is very active on and off campus playing at the Tenku Festival and other school events, performing welcome concerts, and playing concerts at JR Beppu Station. The club also has a steady track record, winning the gold medal at this year's and last year's Oita Prefecture Wind Orchestra Competition.