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Three BBJ quintets were examined by officials from the London-based Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) in Medan on Sept 5. Two brass quintets were examined in the intermediate category and one in the primary category. All passed. Read about it here. 

Performance at Sun Plaza

On Indonesia's Independence Day, August 17, 2014 BBJ gave a special performance at Medan's Sun Plaza.

North Sumatra Music Camp

BBJ members attended a special music camp in Brastagi organised by the Salvation Army's North Sumatra division from July 29 to August 3, 2014. Apart from about 60 brass players, there were also 20 choir members and about 10 others learning to play the timbrel. Read about it here.

BBJ Cirebon tour

In December 2013 BBJ travelled to Cirebon in Java to participate in the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Salvation Army's work in the city. 

BBJ sends band trainer to Bekasi

BBJ sent band trainer Ganda Sinaga to Bekasi corps to help establish a Salvation Army band in this satellite city of Jakarta in early December 2013. The move came only a few months after BBJ sent two band trainers to Surabaya in July 2013. 

Second hand instruments were provided from Singapore on loan. Should the project be successful, these will then be donated. 

BBJ tuba player Lasnointer Marbun is already in the process of establishing an SA band in Yogyakarta. Read about it here.  

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BBJ ensembles face music exams

 

Two BBJ quintets and one sextet were examined by officials from the London-based Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) in Medan on Sept 5. The two brass quintets entered in the intermediate category (approximately grades 6-7) and the sextet was examined in the primary category (approximately grades 4-5). 

There was a mad scramble on the morning of the exam when band librarian Yunus Marbun realised that he could not find the original copies of the music for the primary group to present to the examiner. Without them, the sextet (which for the first time in BBJ history included a percussionist) could have been disqualified.

Frantic SMS messages between Medan and Singapore followed as I tried to give him suggestions about where to look. Finally, about one hour before the exams were due to begin, Yunus found the music among the documents he had taken back from the Music Camp in late July.

The exams, held at Medan's Aryaduta hotel, were the first ensemble examinations faced by BBJ members since 2009. The groups were nervous as they waited for the exam to begin.

Waiting for the exam to begin

The three groups practiced their pieces during the music camp held at Berastagi (a highland area about four hours journey outside Medan) in late July, where they were taught by myself and a small group of more experienced BBJ members. Special thanks must also go to BBJ tuba player Lasnointer Marbun, who is currently studying music at Yogyakarta's Institut Seni Indonesia. Two weeks before the exam he flew to Medan to help the students with final preparations.

In medan, the examiner was Mr Kevin Bowyer.

And the results? The sextet was awarded the C+, while the two intermediate level Quintets both achieved B+. Congratulations to all!

 

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