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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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Cleaning

It is difficult to buy cleaning materials for brass instruments in Medan. They can't afford it anyway. Thus, I bring all these materials in myself from Singapore. Somehow, no matter how much polishing fluid I give them, it is never enough. Cleaning the instruments is something everyone takes seriously in Medan - even those in the beginners band.

Take a look for yourself:

We even wash the drums. No, don't ask me how he does it!

Cleaning a trombone can be a complicated business too:

 

 



 


 Repairing

You can't buy second hand brass instruments in Medan either. Nor can you get them repaired. Rather than have some well-meaning but inexperienced machine shop operator try his hand at fixing damaged instruments, I usually bring them back to Singapore with me. However, we have been able to carry out a few simple repairs at the Home. I have bought a soldering iron, a mouthpiece remover and a range of simple equipment for removing stuck slides.

Here are two of the senior band members (Yunus and Erjon) trying their hand at repairing a water key on a tenor (alto) horn:

Strangely, though, repairing the baritone or tuba requires a lot more people!

 

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