Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Congratulations! The APU Wind Orchestra to appear at the Kyushu Wind Orchestra Competition!


Aug 5, 2010

On Sunday, July 25, 2010, the APU Wind Orchestra won their third straight gold in the 'University A division' at the "2010 Oita Prefecture Wind Orchestra Competition" hosted by the All Japan Band Association and the Asahi Shimbun Company. This Concert was held at the Oita City iichiko Culture Centre, iichiko Grand Theatre. With this win, the APU Wind Orchestra has now booked their place at the Kyushu Wind Orchestra Competition representing Oita Prefecture.

The APU Wind Orchestra performed two pieces, the Okinawan folk song "Island Sun" (compulsory piece) and "The last letter from Murdoch". The orchestra gave a powerful performance that was a testament to their hours of tireless rehearsals.

Following their appearance in 2008, this will be the APU Wind Orchestra's second appearance at the Kyushu Wind Orchestra Competition. One of the largest wind orchestra competitions hosted by the Kyushu Band Association, the Kyushu Wind Orchestra Competition has divisions from elementary through to general public entries and will be held over four days in two venues (Saga and Fukuoka). Competition winners receive the Kyushu Band Association's recommendation to appear at the All-Japan Wind Orchestra Competition.

APU Wind Orchestra representative, FUNAKOSHI Sakie (APS2, Japan), spoke of her goals for the upcoming Kyushu Wind Orchestra Competition, "This concert really made us aware of the importance of our many supporters. We encountered a number of problems on our journey to this concert, but thanks to our supporters the group was able to come together and overcome them. We gave our best performance up on stage and our members have deepened their relationships of trust even further. When we perform at the Kyushu Wind Orchestra Competition, I hope that we remain thankful to our fans and provide a moving performance to our audience".

The APU Wind Orchestra will be performing at the Saga Prefecture Culture Hall on Saturday, August 28. We hope you will lend your support.

Established in 2002, the APU Wind Orchestra currently has fifty-six members including thirteen international students. The orchestra is now a regular performer both on and off campus including their December Annual Concert, the Tenku and "Pica Pica" Welcome festivals, and concert performances at JR Beppu Station. The orchestra has posted some solid results including gold for three straight years at the Oita Prefecture Wind Orchestra Competition since it made its debut competition appearance in 2007.

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