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Music Exams

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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A New World

A new world has opened up for BBJ tuba player Lasnointer Marbun after a businessman offered to sponsor him to study music at Singapore's prestigious Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Read more: A New World

Amplifier Project

Music is a wonderful thing. In Medan, BBJ gives band members a sense of belonging and a chance to be part of a close knit group of friends who share the same faith. But there are limits to what music can do.

Read more: Amplifier Project

Bali Band

On Jan 4, 2011, 25-year-old BBJ band trainer Imanta Karosekali returned to Bali to continue training a newly formed Salvation Army band at the Boys Home in Bali.

Read more: Bali Band

Scaling the Heights

Otak saya lumpuh (my brain was paralysed), moaned 18-year- old tuba player Semro Sirait when he emerged from the examination room at the Marriott Hotel in Medan in August 2010.

Read more: Scaling the Heights

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