Events of 2017 (115th)


116th Class Enter, 115th School Anniversary, 113th Class Graduate (video homage)
(115th/50th Anniversary Website (in Japanese) is here)



129th Tournament of Roses Parade:

Band participated in the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, US (see the announcement here). The detailed account of this turn of the year 2017-18 visit is here.


Band 54th Regular Concert:

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Band 54th Regular Concert was earlier than usual, likely because of the upcoming trip to Rose Parade (video by st.taketo). Two shows (noon and 4pm) on December 17, 2017 at School Festival Hall, all sold-out of course. Report by school site is here, in Japanese (photo by school site too). This is the event the seniors traditionally play last time with the band but this year they obviously went on to the Rose Parade. Highlight of the concert was the premiere of Jun’ichi Naitō latest work “Make Your Dreams Come True” which was commissioned by Tachibana and performed by Tachibana Junior High School brass band conducted by Kazumi Itani (see video here).

Band is greeting arriving audience outside Festival Hall


Parade at Fushimi Ōtesuji Shopping Street:

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Christmas shoppers at Fushimi Ōtesuji Shopping Street were treated with high-class entertainment as band paraded the street twice on November 23, 2017 (video by st.taketo). The street is located about mile west from the school and has origins in 1594 when it served as main access to Toyotomi Hideyoshi -built Fushimi Castle. The theme of using only orange uniform this year is maintained. Very much like Kyoto Sakura Parade -like environment with tight quarters but the main obstacle for the band this time was provided by the passing trains…

This event was to celebrate their participation on the Tournament of Roses Parade.


Stage show at Osaka College of Music (DAION) Wind Music Festival:

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Stage show at Osaka College of Music (DAION) Wind Music Festival on November 12, 2017.


Joint concert (October 9):

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Stage show of the last of the joint concert series events at School Festival Hall on October 9, 2017 (video above by st.taketo). We missed Drum Major on October 1 but now she was back where she belong leading the band!

Concert part introduced Philip Sparke 2004 composition “The Bandwagon” which the band often plays also at All Japan Marching Contest (video below by st.taketo):

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Nagoya Marching & Baton Wave:

Band attended the Nagoya Marching & Baton Wave as guest stars at Nippon Gaishi Hall, Nagoya on October 8, 2017 (see reference here, in Japanese) (photo by Hiroyuki Tanaka facebook).


Stage show at School Anniversary celebrations:

Band stage show at celebrations of the 115th Anniversary of Kyoto Tachibana High School and 50th Anniversary of Kyoto Tachibana University on October 7, 2017 at The Westin Miyako Hotel, Kyoto (picture by university site). See here the report of the event (in Japanese). Anniversary video is here.


Joint concert (October 1):

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The joint concert series continues in autumn at School Festival Hall on October 1, 2017 and we had traditional stage show (video above by st.taketo).

Much more extraordinary was the concert featuring music from space-opera anime created by legendary Leiji Matsumoto (=Gene Roddenberry of Japan). Band plays with Uchide Middle School theme music from his 70s hit anime series Ginga Tetsudō 999 and Uchū Senkan Yamato (video below by Eu Tuba).

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Radio performance at FM Kyoto 89.4 α.-station:

Band performed in radio at FM Kyoto 89.4 α.-station in their “Tuning Room” -program which focused on brass band scene in Japan and in Kyoto and Kansai specially on October 1, 2017. (note at Tanaka-sensei facebook is here, and program description here, in Japanese).


Kansai Qualification for the All-Japan Marching Contest:
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Kansai Qualification (=45th Kansai Marching Contest Qualifying) on September 23, 2017 delivered a bitter pill to the band, like previous year they won Gold but did not win a spot to proceed further to National Finals (official results here, in Japanese). Report at school site is here (in Japanese).


School festival “Tachibanasai”:

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Traditional cultural festival was held on September 9, 2017 at school and this time extra festivities were in place as this was the official celebration of the 115th anniversary of Kyoto Tachibana High School. Reports on the event at school site are here and here (in Japanese). Short video above by 進学通信関西版 uses the festival to introduce the school and we see lots of activities taking place that day, including glimpses of the band as well. The taiko-drummers looked awesome too!

Short video on band performance at Courtyard Stage (video by mas woo from the original of yuuki haruka):

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Another short video on the stage show at the School Festival Hall is here.


Kyoto Qualification for the All-Japan Marching Contest:

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Band won Gold at the Kyoto qualification (=30th Kyoto Prefecture Marching Contest) and proceeded to prefectural qualifications of the 30th All Japan Marching Contest on September 2, 2017 (see full results in Japanese here, video by I LOVE BRASS). The magnificent opening solo (=Mark Mancina song “Dusty Steps Into History” from Disney 2013 movie “Planes“) and parts of subsequent drill are borrowed from their National-Gold-Winning-program of 2015 (see here for comparison) so they sure are serious now! T-formation is missing but the drunken sway of Star Wars’ “Cantina Theme” gets you every time (at 5:02)! Onwards to Kansai Qualifications!


Parade nearby Nishikyōgoku Stadium, Kyoto:

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Hot late summer day and cicadas providing background music we have again parade nearby Nishikyōgoku Stadium, Kyoto this time to support Kyoto Sanga F.C. (=J2 League pro soccer club) against Ōita Trinita (it was a draw) on August 20, 2017. Trombones were back in the lead again and using the Sanga jerseys (purple=home jersey, white=away jersey) means the band now can be called also the Purple Devils… Try not to faint of cuteness when at 8:13 band sings “Mickey Mouse March” from 1955 TV-show “The Mickey Mouse Club” (video by 慶次郎前田).

Halftime show was also part of the program (video by st.taketo):

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Kyoto Sanga promoted the “Purple Devils” big time at their webpage too (see here, in Japanese). Short note of the event at school site is here (in Japanese).


54th Kyoto Prefectural Wind-band Music Competition (Category B):

Band wins Gold in the 54th Kyoto Prefectural Wind-band Music Competition also in Category B competition on August 9, 2017 even without Tanaka-sensei (photo by school site). Kazumi Itani led the band playing Jun’ichi Naitō composition for remembrance of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami (results in Japanese are here, and note at school site is here). Category B has relaxed requirements for competition performance which means bands do not proceed further in All Japan Band Competition from here.


54th Kyoto Prefectural Wind-band Music Competition (Category A):

It is easy to smile after winning Gold!

Band wins Gold in the 54th Kyoto Prefectural Wind-band Music Competition in Category A competition on August 5, 2017 (photo by school site) (results in Japanese are here, and short note at school site is here)! Unfortunately the Gold was a “dud” Gold meaning that the band did not proceed further in the All-Japan Band Competition this year. Well, All-Japan Marching Contest is coming soon with hopes of better success!


Joint concert (July 23):

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The fifth part of the joint concert was held at School Festival Hall on July 23, 2017 (video by st.taketo). Percussion goes all out on final “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)“!


Joint concert (July 17):

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To celebrate Umi no Hi (Marine Day) and start of the summer holidays the band had the fourth part of the joint concert at School Festival Hall on July 17, 2017 (video by st.taketo). Based on sparse applause audience really were already in holidays…

And we had the traditional “Merry-Go-Round” by Philip Sparke too (video by 慶次郎前田):

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Field show at 57th “Brass Band of 3000” Event:

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Field show at 57th “Brass Band of 3000” Event at Kyocera Dome, Osaka on June 24, 2017 (video by st.taketo). This is the 10th visit of the band in this event and they surprise us again with new starter piece: “Moonlight Densetsu” from the famous magical girl anime series of the 90s, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon followed by Dizzy Gillespie legendary “Manteca” with several solo parts. The following piece, “Tomorrow” from 70s Broadway musical “Annie” was also a new song so we had very experimental set list this time! Band motto this year is “Do My Best”. I know they do!


Visit by Lance Tibbet:

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President of 2017-2018 Executive Committee of the Tournament of Roses Lance Tibbet met the band while they were practicing for the 57th “Brass Band of 3000” event on June 21, 2017 at Taiyogaoka Stadium, Uji. Occasion was reported live by KBS (Kyoto Broadcasting System) (video by 行こ 学校に) and short note at school site is here (in Japanese). The Kyoto Shimbun story and video are here.


Joint concert (June 11):

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Straight from Nara the very busy band had the third part of the joint concert at School Festival Hall on June 11, 2017 with concert performance and stage show (video by I LOVE BRASS). This year has been very orange, band has used no other uniform yet (except track suite, of course). Notice also how our favorite xylophonist is now playing drums!


Stage show at musikfest 2017:

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Band 2nd/3rd-years travelled to nearby city of Nara for stage show at musikfest 2017 at Nara Park (this is the famous place with tame deers which are classified as national treasure) on June 10, 2017 (video by I LOVE BRASS, music starts at 3:54). This time we start with Sherman brothers song “It’s a Small World (After All)” made famous by Disneyland ride with same name. After Tanaka-sensei witty speech we continue (at 10:42) with Glenn MillerIn The Mood” and even the spectators go crazy! I like how we now have solo performances as standard part of the show (sax at 12:48 and clarinet at 15:06), I have missed those.

For true enthusiasts here is the rehearsal for the show above and you can see sensei-tachi busy arranging the performance (video by Uzumiko):

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Joint concert (May 28):

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Kyoto Tachibana hosted another joint concert on May 28, 2017 at School Festival Hall and band performed their well-known stage show (video by st.taketo).

All bands joined into John Philip SousaThe Stars and Stripes Forever” (video by st.taketo):

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Parade at Brass Expo 2017:

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Parade at Brass Expo 2017 at Expo Commemoration Park, Osaka on May 7, 2017 (video by st.taketo). Long expected freshmen playing debut delivered surprise from the very first second as the parade was led by saxophones instead of the trombones we have seen earlier. Band was sporting very much Tournament of Roses Parade -themed appearance from sousaphone bell covers to new T-shirts (see more of them here, in Japanese). Parade route was never-before-seen Western route the twists of which made even Tanaka-sensei unusually lively when he had to stop sousaphones derailing into grass in sharp curve (at 12:36). Interestingly many cameras were in the hands of people wearing Tachibana supporter -shirts as well as PALS production crew was again seen busy shooting, do we have another BD/DVD coming up? Full set list by curiojapan is here (click the comment open).

Band warming up the audience with “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” (video by ええとこ茨木):

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The white T-shirts band were wearing were a bit special this time:

Band new Tournament of Roses Parade -T-shirt with sponsor logos

And even Tanaka-sensei has new sweater with sponsorship by Lego (I guess no surprise!) – but alas apparently there will be no Kyoto Tachibana -minifigures:

Kyoto Tachibana -minifigures will be only seen at the posters


Joint concert (May 4):

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Joint concert was held at School Festival Hall on May 4, 2017 and it featured performances of several other schools as usual. The band 2nd/3rd-years played in orchestra formation the lively “Merry-Go-Round” by Philip Sparke (video by st.taketo).

Band freshmen showed their playing skills first time with “Down By the Riverside” (video by st.taketo). Notice new school uniforms and 4 new tubas!

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And the concert was finished appropriately with the traditional stage show which now contains also 1980 hit song “I’m In the Mood for Dancing” by The Nolan Sisters (at 2:00, video by st.taketo):

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Stage show at La Folle Journée de Biwako -music festival:

Stage show at La Folle Journée de Biwako -music festival at Biwako Hall on April 29, 2017 (photo by Hiroyuki Tanaka facebook).


Afternoon parade at Blumen Hügel Farm (celebrating 20th anniversary):

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Afternoon parade at Blumen Hügel Farm on April 23, 2017 (video by st.taketo). Tachibana Tension! at 0:02! This time the photography was forbidden in the village square where the standstill “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” is performed – if you want to see what you missed take a look at the 2016 version here. Another novelty were the Hibike! Euphonium -themed itasha-cars at the parking place (see them at 0:27). Interestingly “Down By the Riverside” is back as the starting music followed by Pharrell WilliamsHappy” so let’s see how parade program shapes up over the course of year. Full set list by curiojapan is here (click the comment open to see the list).


Stage show at Hibike! Euphonium 2 festival:

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Stage show at Hibike! Euphonium 2 festival arranged by Uji City and Keihan Electric Railway on April 8, 2017 at Uji City Cultural Center (video by I LOVE BRASS). We have Rikka High School on stage again (see explanation here), and like the parade program the 2017 the stage show is also almost completely new leaving only “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) as the trademark finisher. But you cannot go wrong with Glenn MillerIn The Mood” (at 7:31) and piece of Star Wars “Main Theme” followed by “Cantina Theme” (at 10:40) – this is one classy set! And we have first sax solo for long time (at 9:29) as well as clarinet solo (at 11:41), and roaring audience in the end, good, good!


Field show at Japan Women’s Baseball League (JWBL) match:

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First time we see the real Orange Devils in 2017! Cheering and field show at Japan Women’s Baseball League (JWBL) match Hyogo Dione vs Kyoto Flora on April 3, 2017 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (video by 慶次郎前田). Notice the trick how during Glenn MillerIn The Mood” they play at each other’s trumpets (at 1:51)…

And here is quick look at the band cheering during the match (video by Marschtanz63):

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16th Kyoto Sakura Parade:

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16th Kyoto Sakura Parade on March 26, 2017 (video by Marschtanz63) started with very traditional stage show at front of Kyoto City Hall with “Winter Games” and “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)”. News flash on the event focusing on Tachibana is here.

But when the actual parade starts the Devils reveal their true nature and all hell break loose: their 2017 parade program is almost completely overhauled and we start now with Pharrell Williams 2013 chart hit “Happy” from animated movie Despicable Me 2 and the earlier opening piece “Down By the Riverside” is now the last part of the set (starts at 12:43, video by Marschtanz63, full set list is here). Tanaka-sensei and the band must have put countless training hours to this and have achieved a new program which involves intense choreography, catchy tunes, and is so very Tachibana! And the parade route is back to Teramachi Street which keeps the bodyguards again extremely busy. Eyewitness report (in Japanese) on the event is here.

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Outdoor stage show at Japan Women’s Baseball League (JWBL) match:

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Outdoor stage show at Japan Women’s Baseball League (JWBL) match Kyoto Flora vs Saitama Astraia on March 25, 2017 at Wakasa Stadium (video by MIKAN). Notice how band skips the mêlée-running of “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) at 3:09 due to small stage space they have.


19th Kansai Stage Marching Festival:
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19th Kansai Stage Marching Festival at Amagasaki Cultural Center, Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture on February 5, 2017.


12th Yamaguchi Asahi Broadcasting (YAB) brass band concert:
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12th Yamaguchi Asahi Broadcasting (YAB) brass band concert at Shūnan-Shi Bunka Kaikan (Shūnan Cultural Center) Shūnan, Yamaguchi Prefecture on January 15, 2017.


96 thoughts on “Events of 2017 (115th)

  1. Fantastic band. Great moves. Should be called Tachibana SHS Dancing Band. It is fasinating to watch I do not know how they do all the moves and still play especially the girl on the xylophone doing all the same moves with such a heavy instrument.

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    • Hummm, confused? Yes, this was just last year, but already it seems like ancient history. I don’t remember what this practice was for either. A posting date and the performance date can sometimes vary. it’s obvious this is not at the venue, or even at the school? I’ve seen aerial photos of the campus but I just don’t think it’s there, plus it appears that this area is also open regular pedestrian traffic. Everyone is wearing a packet of credentials…. but I just don’t remember. While school doesn’t start until April, the recently promoted 2nd and 3rd year students still practice the first 3 month. All I can be sure of is that this was not for the Rose Parade !!! I’m sure someone with a better memory than I will come forth and set us straight.

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  2. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR Orangedevils Fans. A great gift would be lots of video of the bands visit for the fans that live on the right coast and cant get to see the band in person.

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  3. Was surfing around youtube and found the 2000 version of Brass Band 3000 and the bands performance. At that time it was not in the dome. Interesting to see the music has not changed much except for revising some dance moves.Still though lots of energy and great sound. SingSingSing was still on the menu and quite different today. But it was neat to see the band in 2000 version.

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  4. Hi Orangedevilsfan, I’m sorry, I din’t notice that you already had posted the video from Parade at Fushimi Ōtesuji Shopping Street which I also posted thesame video, I dont know how to edit my post/comment, You can delete it you liked to. Thanks.

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    • Hi Doug, I’m sorry but they din’t make, Only for Kansai compeition, I think they won gold in Kansai (if I’m not mistaken) but a bud gold only, no further forward on the compitition (All japan).
      Any way they have a new marching video (Sttaketo and I love brass)

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      • thanks this was great video and a great performance. Also interesting to do some people watching and the cultures of Japan, the shops, all the electronic devices out recording the parade and the supporters walking behind. Please keep posting videos. Thanks

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      • Hey guys, have you noticed that at the end of the Fushimi parade our drum major Yui a.k.a. Ron went back through the lineup to the clarinet section? We all know she also plays clarinet but why? Does it mean she will play clarinet instead of leading the band in Pasadena? Pimo, the drum major of 112 class did showed up in the official visit of the chairman of the Rose Parade, will she return to lead the band? After all, Japanese always respect their “senbai” a.k.a. senior.

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  5. Hi everybody! anyone can please educate me on the point system in All Japan (national) competition, Seika Girls got it all again from 1-6 all “A” marks. They win the gold! What are those 6 category? Thanks.

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    • To Hernando: I don’t know the point system of All Japan but I have seen a video that the snesei told the girls of Seika after they had won the All Japan gold that all 6 judges gave them A, did that mean an all-A gold? I don’t know why but I just don’t like Seika although I know maybe they are the best.

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    • Thanks Conway and Orangedevilsfan for enlightening me on the marks given to Seika, That actually came from the six judges.
      Hi Conway, regarding on Seika, they are one of the best in this field, although they are more on traditional marching style in compare to Tachibana were both marching and dancing choreography are combined. That is also the reason why Tachibana always having a hardtime getting to the national. Probably the judges preferred more on marching style, unless Tachibana show some extra-ordinary style or choreography (again) that make them amazed. Although Tachibana done amazing job already for fast 17 years since 2005 that they change their style, they become one of the most popular marching band in Japan and overseas, Their performance are really above the rest.

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      • Regarding the way scores are tabulated, while all the previous comments are correct, sometimes it has to be taken to another level. First I presume that all 6 judges have the same score sheets to work from, it would be nice to see what categories are listed, and what the cut off number is that qualifies the band for Gold. There has to be a numeric value given to each category, and if the band places above that “number” they are considered Gold. HOWEVER, in the case of the qualifying rounds, where (as an example) if 6 bands get Gold winning scores, but only 4 are allowed to advance to the nationals, the judges must, by the numeric scores decide which ones move on, and which ones do not, even if they all have a Gold Medal score. It is also unique that some band change all or part of their music every year, while some continue to use the same musical numbers year after year. So do the judges value the uniqueness of the music they play, the variety of the songs, or each years marching maneuvers to compensate for the ‘sameness’ of the music. Many of these concepts and values are hard for us in the West to understand, so I hesitate to say its good or bad, right or wrong….it just is. Seika is one of the best bands in Japan, along with Kyoto Subaru…who has the best French Horns section period….and of course Tachibana, along with about 8 others. Because of the choreography of Tachibana their music tend to be a bit (in my opinion) simpler, where some of the other bands have arrangements that are based on popular music, the Classics or even Broadway Shows. And to get the arrangements so they fit the formations and stay with-in the 6 minute time frame is a feat that only the best can accomplish.

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        • The rules I quoted relate strictly speaking only to the National Final. As far as I understand in qualifiers they may have somewhat different rules, also due to the historical fact that some qualifying contests predate AJBA Marching Contest itself (like Kansai Qualifier).

          They used to have scoresheet judging principle earlier where various aspects of the performance were graded A-F and then tallied up. In 2013 that changed so that the judges now give only overall score A-C to the band. Maybe the judges keep the scoresheet in their heads though when they come up with the grade.

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      • Thanks Paul and Orangedevilsfan for nice information on how the judges give scores on each marching band based on their performance, if they will get a bud gold or a good gold or even proceed to the next event. Other thing that is really good in this competition is that the band did not actually competing to each unlike like in other country. They just need to show the judges or impressed them on their performance. Marching band vs the judges as we say it.

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    • No, as far as I know, there’re 6~7 judges toward their performance.
      and if the all of 6 judges give them ‘A’ then it’s ‘Nippon Ichi’ which means winning the 1st position in the nationwide.

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  6. To Paul and Orangedevilsfan: I agree to both of you, On the upcoming retirement of Tanaka-sensei, Kazumi-sensei will be the best replacement as adviser, she know tachibana very well. Regarding the drum major role on 2018 Rose Parade, I think both Yokoyama-sensei and Ron-san will play their part as drum major, similar to 2016 Rose parade set up with Toho HS Green band with their drum major in front and Yokoyama-sensei (I think, correct me if I’m wrong) at the second layer of the formation to assist the band on their marching formation.

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  7. Hi! Anyone notice about the lead drummer of Tachibana? She always remove her shoes everytime she sit on her drum set.
    I also found this comment on youtube from other marching band member trying to copy Tachibana style, but they give up after several hours of attempt,
    To become Tachibana: (re-write)
    1. you must have a legs made of steel.
    2, strong lungs.
    3.heart of a Devils.

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    • Hernando, The lead percussionist is Komare, or as many of us call her… Ms. Cool. As many drummers do, she removes her shoes when sitting behind her drum set. It gives a better “feel” of the pedal by just wearing socks, and the beat whether it’s on the bass drum or the Hi-hat cymbal pedal. While not all percussionists do this, its a matter of personal choice and comfort plus the control you get with the beat, especially on the bass drum, as some also use….a double pedal.

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      • Hi Paul, Thanks for the comments, Actually she is the first one that I saw removing the shoes behind the drum set.She is thesame batch with Tippi, another senior. well going to miss a lot of Tachibana member next year.

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        • Small consolation but at least the seniors will get glorious farewell as the last show they play as part of Tachibana is the Benefit Concert in La Palma on January 2. There will be lots of emotions there!

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    • I agree….with class #114 graduating next month, we will be loosing so familiar faces that we have come to know and admire. Komare and Tippi being two of them. Almost the same situation when Class 111 graduated in 2014, seemed like half the band moved on, Perhaps a few of them will come back for the Rose Parade as alumni marchers. I’d love to see Nashipaka, the trumpet player, Rumi who was in the Tall Flag corp., but also was a percussionist, Mosra who wore those red glasses, played alto, tenor and bari sax. Lots of people I’d love to see again. If I get a chance to talk with Komare I’ll ask her when she stared taking her shoes off. Only 51 days until they arrive and the fun begins.

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      • I agree, will going miss some familiar faces on Tachibana, on the percussion section most of them are senior, the color guard 4 or 5 of them are senior also and the beautiful young lady on the trumpet section (play solo on the intro, 2016 kyoto preliminary, If I’m not mistaken) I could not forget her face feeling nervous while Yokoyama sensei giving inspirational talk to them (2015 national, her 1st yr) and of course Kurara (prosthetic leg) on the flute section.

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      • I like to mention one particular class 114 member, she is a color guard and not exactly a beauty but the typical “Tachibana Smile” is always on her face that’s how she catches my eyes. I saw her plays double bass in the “Bandwagon” video somewhere else in this blog in the October 9 Joint Concert and in the same video another color guard plays oboe, it seems the color guards are almost always those girls who specialized in instruments not used in parades!

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        • You’re exactly right, non marching instruments (at least for Tachibana)….oboe’s…bassoon, bass clarinet, or if they have too many students in one section, like too many drummers (percussion), they’ll be offered a position in the Flag Corp, or perhaps carry the banner. Every person helps make up the success of the total group, playing an instrument or not. Thanks for your note.

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      • After looking foreward to class 115 Tachibanasai school festival performance,we can only find a partial 2 minute clip,while other classes usually get 15 to 25 minutes to do their little show,is there a reason this was cut short ?the 2 minute clip had the girls in yellow T shirts,if possible we would like to see their whole show posted…

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  8. Hi, I saw one video of Izumo Commercial Band with Mr. Yokoyama (I think) assisting the band before the competition (2015). Tachibana and Izumo do they have thesame band adviser? and Izumo happened to have same uniform as Tachibana except the color.

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    • As far as I have understood both bands are coached by (partially) same people, like Yokoyama-coach, and it certainly looks like Izumo has adopted the Tachibana-style dance routines into their drills. They are different schools though, so I don’t believe Tanaka-sensei is advising Izumo band.

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      • Orangedevilsfan: Yes, also notice that they adopt tachibana style even the uniform except the color. I also saw one video (source: facebook) of Izumo visiting Tachibana school and the band, doing some combined marching exercise, I don’t know exactly if it was before or after the sakura parade (2017) event. The tachibana girls are really happy that they have a visitors in their school from other school marching band.

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      • Sorry I’m late in my reply. From what I know and understand…(which is very much second hand and could be suspect), Mr. Yokoyama is a representative from the Green Band Association, who does ‘instruct’ and help with the two bands, and probably others that we don’t know about. Perhaps for what ever reason, Izumo wanted to adopt the Tachibana style of performance drills, incorporating both dance, marching and music? Who else would be the perfect choice but Mr. Yokoyama. Again, if I can get close enough to him to ask, I will.

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      • To Paul Miller: I think your right, but Yokoyama sensei is more active in Tachibana, you will always see him assisting the band during practice (competition, brass expo and special performances), he even wear Tachinana jacket (2015 all Japan).Since Tanaka sensei is planning to retire soon, may be Yokoyama sensei will take over Tachibana as adviser and trainer (just my thought).

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        • Well….we all like to be associated with “a winner”, and Tachibana is certainly that, so I would expect him to be present and a part of the band. I’m sure he will march in the Rose Parade as the lead drum major as he did back in 2012…. no offense to current drum major “Ron”. I’m not sure about replacing Mr. Tanaka as director. I’m sure he is under contract with the Green Band Association already, but then….who knows. You learn to expect the Unexpected from Tachibana.

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          • If you watch videos of other Japanese band attending Rose Parade you can see Yokoyama-coach quite often there as Drum Major so I believe his job on behalf of GBA is to coach whichever band is going there. Other than that I have believed he is “hired hand” who can go to coach any band who pays his bills.

            If Tanaka-sensei decides to retire other person to replace him may also be Kazumi Itani who has taken some conductor-duties already winning Gold in B-category competitions two years in a row (see video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBydPfxkBiU).

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  9. Why they didn’t make it the National competition even they won the gold in Kansai? Maybe the points they get is not enough to reach on the top 3 “gold”, that is so sad for me, any way they are still the best shs marching for me. atleast they made it Kansai competition. wish them luck in 2018 Rose Parade.

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    • That is the peculiarity of the AJBA contests which Tachibana unfortunately fell victim for now, in qualifications there are “upper” and “lower” Gold Prizes. But it does not take away any enjoyment away from us fans when we are watching the band perform!

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    • I agree with you orangedevilsfan, but let’s keep in mind that the All-Japan is always the first priority of all girls and boys who choose wind band as their club in JHS/SHS. I can only hope the Senseis, OGs, OBs, boys and girls, especially the seniors, enjoy your journey to the land it never rains, the land of Mickey Mouse and look forward to next year. GANBARE!

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      • Some comments on a Chinese video site called BiliBili were on the performance of the trumpet solo of 2 September. After examine the 2015 All-Japan Gold video on Youtube, which is flawless, I think maybe they had the points but we still need to see the video on 23 September to decide.

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    • Public discussion is fine although this blog format may not be the very best technically. I’ve been wondering if there would be any general brass band -themed discussion board where one could naturally add thread on Kyoto Tachibana but I haven’t found a good one so far.

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  10. Paul thanks for the information of Tippi, I’ll examine the videos again. My posts are on the terms OB used by the Japanese, I didn’t understand that acronym until I found the OG band of Tachibana and suprised me that OB is for old boy and OG for old girl, they have to introduce some years limit say Tippi will become an OG after she has graduated from Kyoto Tachibana after 10 or 20 years.

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  11. Also in the “purple devil” parade videos, I couldn’t find the energetic xylophonist Paul has mentioned within the percussionists, any ideas?

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    • Hi Conway, My absolute favorite Xylophonist is in the parade for sure. Her “nick” is Tippi and she is on the right side of band, I believe 3 row back in the percussion ranks, with super short bouncy hair. A lot of the time if she is not playing she will pull her instrument up and march with it in the vertical position. It’s frustrating that every time the band marches Mr. Tanaka arranges the percussion unit differently, probably because they are adding more players as they can for the Rose Parade grueling 5+ mile march. The section head, Komare….snare drum and trap set has to have some help. She’ll be dead playing for all 5 miles, each song plus the cadence. Hope this helps, also have a comment on the “men” in the band, will send that separate. Feel free to contact me via personal email.

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      • Hi Paul, Thanks for the info on the girl nick name (Tippi) playing marimba xylophone. I really enjoy watching this young lady when she’s performing both xylophone and the drums, she always catches my attention. very energetic. I thick she is already on her senior years in tachibana, 2017-18 will be her last year.

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  12. Thanks again for the “purple devils” parade videos! I have counted 5 boys, 3 trumpets and 2 sousaphones, since there are also 5 of them in the 2 Kyoto Prefectual competition pictures, I assume all the other boys show up in Pasadena should be those “Old Boys”. I hate to say I also found one “Old Girl” in one of those Lance Tibbet’s visit pictures, the young-and-cute bandmaster of the 113 class, maybe she will return to play flute in Pasadena too.

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    • Conway, Part II Re: the men in the band !! I’m not totally sure I understand your post about the guys. This year as in the Soccer parade there are just 5 guys playing, 2 Sousaphones and 3 Trumpets. This includes the newest “freshman” grade 1 students. I’m sure they will bring along some alumni that can make the trip to Los Angeles, that’s only fair….but I’m not sure you’ll see them before that. In last years 1st round, and only, qualifying round for the Nationals, they had 4 male Sousaphones, one guy playing trumpet and one playing trombone. I’m sure some can play multiple instruments, but the 5 guys they have now, are all they got….again just not sure I understand your question. Oh, btw….Tippi is in the 4th row of percussion, her instrument has brown keys, I doubt its Mahogany, she is behind a brass drum and in front of the male trumpet player wearing the purple jersey. Take care.

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  13. The 3000 musicians event is always my favorite, but Iwonder why the 9th color guard spend most of the time far back at right?

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    • Hi Conway, I think they just balance the number of color guard based on performance arrangement, In this case they set up 4/4 with extra (9th), 2016 or 2015 the color guard setup is 3/3/3 and 2014 is 5/4. that’s only my analysis.

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      • Thank you Hernando for your comments on the color guards. On the subject of Izumo Commercial, Ohnishi Gakuen also shares the Tachibana style and I doubt they are coaching by Yokoyama Sensei too because the school is located in the suburban of Tokyo and too far away from Kyoto.

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      • By the way Hernando, Ohnishi Gakuen shares the style but not the uniform and I agree with you that the Izumo uniform is almost identical except the color!

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      • Hi Conway, Thanks for the comment. I saw the style of Ohnishi Gakuen before, your right they have adapted the Tachibana style on “sing, sing, sing”. I also made a comment on that on the youtube (one of their video). stating that they should seek permission from Tachibana, just to give respect on band (Tachibana) who developed those choreography and the band used that on their major performance and competition. They perfected that with their own sweat and tears. I think Ohnishi Gakuen deed seek permission from the band, they post a liink of the school for the permission of Tachibana.

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  14. In the Nara rehearsal video I found Yokoyama Hirofumi Sensei and Tanaka Hiroyuki Sensei but what about the other guys other than the Orange Devils? My thought is they are personnels of event organizer rather than Sensei-tachi of Kyoto Tachibana, your ideas? Anyway, it is a very rare “behind the scene” video of the Orange Devils, thank you Uzumiko!

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      • Glad you caught the comment about the “change”? in percussion. Thanks again for your work on this site.

        On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 1:27 AM, Kyoto Tachibana S.H.S. Band – Unofficial Fan Blog wrote:

        > orangedevilsfan commented: “Yes, I meant Tanaka-sensei and Yokoyama-sensei > of course!” >

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    • Dear Conway, Yes…as you were, I was also pleased to see a rehearsal video on the Nara event, something unusual to say the least. Regarding the organizers of the event, I imagine after taking care of the usual logistics of an event like this….they stayed in the background. As far as other assistants for Tachibana, from what I’ve learned there are about 4 or 5 advisors for the band. Since “band” is not a class, technically they are not called teachers, but with the “Wind Club” status, they are advisors. Mr. Yokoyama I believe is associated with the Green Band association and takes an active role with other bands plus assisting Mr. Tanaka. What the actual relationship is…I’m not sure but it appears they work well together at most if not all the events. Another assistant is Ms. Kazumi Itani, you see her most often when they march in any parade. She works primarily with the clarinets and woodwinds, and assists as needed. I expect to see her at the Rose Parade in January as she does speak fluent English. I think there are at least two other individuals that assist Tachibana, one is with percussion, the other I’m not sure. After spending my 4 years in high school marching/concert band, plus college….to find a group like this, that performs at this level….is such a delight. Then to have a blog as good as this, only thing better would be a “field trip” to Kyoto.

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      • There are other rehearsal videos out there but I have not included them as I believe rehearsals should be their private time. This one I included as it was in front of full audience.

        During the parades security has been beefed up considerably this year and there are lot of people now around the band in “Tachibana supporter” -shirts. I’ve believed they are other teachers of the school, perhaps parents and maybe security company people but I’m not sure.

        So when you go visit them I wish you would give Tanaka-sensei, band members and local fans who provide all videos the best regards from abroad fans!

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        • I agree about the rehearsals because they usually get interrupted and never finish anything, but it does give a nice view into the internal structure and workings of the group. Yes….I noticed the increased “security” especially at the All Brass parade, however….everyone of those people wearing a “Tachibana Supporter” had a video or still camera in their hand. I don’t know what sort of arrangement was made, but most of those individuals….(99%men) could have cared less about keeping the students safe and onlookers out of the way,, they are just looking for one “Hot” shot, seems they have an obsession with young girls in short skirts.!! So many guys….all taking the same videos or photos, for personal pleasure or whatever, just detract from the performance and music of the band, and clog up Youtube with the same videos….. I could go on, but in my opinion (not for publication) that since Mr. Tanaka will probably be retiring after the Rose Parade trip, he just wants to keep things quiet and under control for another 6 months.

          On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 11:47 AM, Kyoto Tachibana S.H.S. Band – Unofficial Fan Blog wrote:

          > orangedevilsfan commented: “There are other rehearsal videos out there but > I have not included them as I believe rehearsals should be their private > time. This one I included as it was in front of full audience. During the > parades security has been beefed up considerably this year a” >

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    • Now I understand the difference between the teachers of the school and the advisors of the club when they are all Sensei-Tachi, thank you Paul. And I feel shame I didn’t notice the change in percussion when I was a drummer but I should be forgived because that was more than 30 years ago.

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      • Not to worry. I’ve followed Tachibana for 8 years, and when you don’t speak or read the language, you just pick up things on your own or by reading everything you can. Regarding the percussion change, again not knowing what happened to the snare drum/trap set student, I only hope she returns. I hesitate to use their nicknames in a public forum, but the substitute player is one of my favorites. Her energy level is off the charts, her technique and musical abilities are outstanding, plus they look somewhat alike, both with short hair. I hope all is well for them and we see everyone in the 3000 musicians presentation next weekend..

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    • I prefer the 3000 musicians much more than the All-Japan contest, or Kyoto/Kansai equivalent, because the Advisers and Orange Devils have more freedom to showcase their music and marching style.

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      • Same here I prefer the 3000 musicians and I also likes All-Japan and Kyoto/Kansai, I love to see their marching style. On 3000 musicians they have the freedom on music, choreography, formation and the entire team are all their which is great. But I miss their over the fence jumping act that they did in All-japan and Kyoto and they did the 3x jumping in 2016 which actually scares me, that was to daring to do jumping over with the band member with instrument on hands, I’m also that they abandoned the formation that they used in 2012 to 2014 (the reverse rotating march) that to risky to performed, They even made a mistake on that in 2012 Benefit concert, one of the girl almost slipped out on the formation during reverse march and during the 2014 Kyoto when one of the girls slipped (french horn section, I think).
        One of my favorite is the 2016 Kyoto Tachibana-Brass Concert (video by I Love Brass), Its an indoor concert, their performance are spectacular, I watch it 10x already.

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        • Hernando, In regard to your comments of Nov. 11th….Its great fun to read your enthusiasm for the group Tachibana. You noted two dance/marching moves, and let me comment on both. The one you call “jumping fences”….is more accurately called a “water fall”, and yes it does give the impression they are jumping over each other. However, if you can view a video from the side and you’ll see the students that are jumping, are actually jumping over the spaces between the ones kneeling, its not as dangerous as it seems, but that is part of the illusion and the magic of Tachibana. The other maneuver are what I called revolving squares where the students separate out into two boxes, then run forward and backwards and expand the size of the box. This has had several trips and falls. You were correct regarding the French Horn player who fell, then ran into another student as she attempted to get back in formation. There are several places this has happened probably because of the lack of tread on their shoes and the slippery floor. Lucky that no one has been badly hurt. I’m also glad they stopped this. I found another video last night at one of the combined concerts, and its hard to see, but a shoes is on the floor to the left side or Komare…. its fun to look for these little ‘tid-bits” of interest while enjoying one of the best bands around.

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      • Hi Paul, Sorry for the late reply and thanks for the comment on the two marching moves, I really don’t know what they call them, I usually saw that move (water fall) on one angle from the video and they really jumping over the spaces. About the shoes on the floor in the combined concert, I saw that video too, It’s actually came from the trumpet section (if I’m not mistaken) and it’s really amazed me that she manage to wear it again without picking on the floor, she fixed her shoes behind the other member right in time before she hit the notes.

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  15. You have done a great job as I hear the Orange Devils singing their version of the Mickey Mouse theme song clearly the first, and second times in the Blumen Hügel video. Thank you whoever the author are. I have counted 36 girls and 1 boy marching behind the band, are all of them new members of the band? If they have 35+ members in each grade ther will be more than 100 Devils in the club/band.

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    • Yes, they are the freshmen and I think your count is pretty much correct as what comes to the number of the band members. We can check next weekend in BrassExpo when the freshmen make their playing debut how many they are exactly!

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  16. I have not seen any video’s of the performance inside Biwako Hall, I wonder if video taping was even allowed? Appreciate your efforts in keep us informed via your blog. Thank you !!!

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  17. Have you any additional information regarding Blumen Hügel Farm performance. I’ve been told there will be no photos or video’s allowed this year. Simple solution is to change uniforms to black pants and white t-shirts, Any additional info.??

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      • With the craziness of Blumen Hagel….I’m extremely happy with just the parade part. Two of the best features about this performance(s) is that the local is beautiful….even is everyone tramples the flowers, and that we get our first very of the new students….and even they have new uniforms. An improvement over the past years to be sure.

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