129th Tournament of Roses Parade:
Band 54th Regular Concert:
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).
Parade at Fushimi Ōtesuji Shopping Street:
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:
Stage show at Osaka College of Music (DAION) Wind Music Festival on November 12, 2017.
Joint concert (October 9):
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):
Nagoya Marching & Baton Wave:
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):
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).
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”:
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):
Another short video on the stage show at the School Festival Hall is here.
Kyoto Qualification for the All-Japan Marching Contest:
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:
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):
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):
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):
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):
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):
Field show at 57th “Brass Band of 3000” Event:
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:
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):
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:
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 Miller “In 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):
Joint concert (May 28):
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).
Parade at Brass Expo 2017:
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):
The white T-shirts band were wearing were a bit special this time:
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:
Joint concert (May 4):
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!
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):
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 Williams “Happy” 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:
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 Miller “In 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:
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 Miller “In 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):
16th Kyoto Sakura Parade:
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.
Outdoor stage show at Japan Women’s Baseball League (JWBL) match:
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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12th Yamaguchi Asahi Broadcasting (YAB) brass band concert:
(unfortunately no publicly available photo or video material found)