US Visit 2017-18 (Rose Parade)


Thank You, Tachibana!!!

“They are going to light up the street, I’ll tell you!”

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2017 was the 115th anniversary of Kyoto Tachibana High School (see Anniversary Website here, in Japanese) and therefore suitable time for the band to visit US again as they were invited to attend 129th Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, California New Year’s Day 2018 (see more of their first Rose Parade performance 2011-12 here). This time the band came to US with 200 members making it the largest Japanese band to attend the Rose Parade, and likely also the largest band formation Kyoto Tachibana has ever put together.

(quote above by President of 2017-2018 Executive Committee of the Tournament of Roses Lance Tibbet, see his interview here).


Green Band Association Official Video:

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The above is the official Rose Parade -video by Green Band Association covering the first 23 minutes of the parade (including the famous Mario-turn).


Documentary of the visit:

Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) has published at their facebook short documentary “Making a Differnce” on Tachibana visit to Rose Parade. Watch it here.


“Return from Rose Parade” -concert:

“Return from Rose Parade” -concert was held at sold-out School Festival Hall on January 21, 2018 at 4pm (photo by school site). Last concert of 114th Class, sayonara! Report of the Rose Parade at school site is here (in Japanese), and an eyewitness story (in Japanese) here. Soundtrack of the concert is here, and the speeches during the concert are translated here.

Tachibana Rose Parade pins


Benefit concert (Green Band Festival):

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(all videos found on this event are in this playlist)

Tachibana final event on US soil was the Benefit Concert at Performing Arts Center at John F. Kennedy High School, La Palma, California on January 2, 2018 (video by Music213). Drum Major “Ron” leads the band to stage show opening piece, Otis ReddingI Can’t Turn You Loose” followed by “Soul Finger” by The Bar-Kays. “Ron” was kept very busy as she also took her clarinet and joined the band playing in the clarinet trio (she did the same at Bandfest too).

Tanaka-sensei takes the podium for the orchestral part of the evening starting with some Deep Purple. Do they have “Smoke on the Water“… yes they have “Smoke on the Water“! and before that we hear “Burn” and “Highway Star” (video by Music213):

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Then we have Jun’ichi Naitō latest work “Make Your Dreams Come True” which was commissioned by Tachibana and premiered in 54th Regular Concert at School Festival Hall on December 17, 2017 when Tachibana Middle School brass band was conducted by Kazumi Itani (video of the premiere is here, video below by Music213):

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Memories of Bandfest: the main theme from the movie Jurassic Park and Disney “It’s a Small World (After All)” (video by Music213). Tanaka-sensei was looking worried and you soon understand why…

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Esteemed band founding director professor Hiramatsu took the podium next and conducted Jun’ichi Naitō composition “Prayer and Honor in our Hearts” as he did also 6 years ago (video by Music213):

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Tanaka-sensei got back to let us hear some Michael Jackson but didn’t do moonwalk… (video by Music213). We hear “Thriller“, “I’ll Be There” and “I Want You Back“:

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Emotional high point was reached when band members went to say farewell to their host families while band played The CarpentersI Need to Be in Love” (video by Music123):

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The evening should have concluded to John Philip SousaThe Stars and Stripes Forever” conducted by former John F. Kennedy High School Band Director Robert Anthony… (video by Music213):

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…but of course there was encore and what else would it be than “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” (video by Music213):

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129th Tournament of Roses Parade:

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(all videos found on this event are in this playlist)

New Year’s Day 2018 and for their second visit to Rose Parade the 200-strong all-stars crew of Tachibana marches down the 5½-mile stretch of Colorado Boulevard led by three Drum Majors “Pimo”, “Ron” and “Cony”. In this best video I have ever seen from Rose Parade three videographers (慶次郎前田-san, sttaketo-san and Mark-san) combined their effort and they managed to transport themselves into several spots along the parade route to cover the progress of Tachibana from start to finish! I don’t know how these magical boys got space among curbside crowd but I imagine some nifty judo-moves were needed… At 0:40 you can see professor Hiramatsu heading for a brisk morning walk to celebrate his 83rd birthday. At 27:23, what if the parade stops suddenly? No problem, you just play some standstill “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” to entertain the spectators. At 28:48 “Tippi” does solo dance! And at 35:55 we find the place the local Tachibana Fanclub is standing. At 58:04: finally the finish line! This video shows how Rose Parade should be covered – if you are a fan of one band only.

Another full parade length video by nakosoeki is here: Part 1, Part 2.

And here, listen at 0:40 when the crowd goes wild (video bynippondanji00)! The power of “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)“!

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How did “Kurara” do? Here the band is passing Armenian Church which is close to the end of the route and you can see her dancing at 1:48 like this is nothing special. She can do anything!

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Here is how the band takes the notoriously nasty 105-degree right turn from Orange Grove Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard (video by Christopher Yee). The theme from Super Mario Bros. got the audience and this move is now called the “Mario Turn”.

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And here is the band reaching in the final stretch! And they are still “Happy” (video by Isai Perez):

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If you want to follow the band along the route and watch what they were playing where there is a tool developed for that: first download and install Google Earth Pro from here, and then download data file from here and open it with Google Earth. Click pins to see the video of band playing at that spot. This tool was developed to all Tachibana-fans by 818macot-san who will receive our endless gratitude.

After the parade Golden Star Radio caught up with “Kurara” and she gave short speech (video by Golden Star Radio, translation in the comments):

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Also Drum Major “Ron” gave comments to Golden Star Radio: “I am Drum Major of Kyoto Tachibana High School wind music club. We had a special experience to participate in the Rose Parade, and we are very happy with the reactions of U.S. people on the roadside. I think that this experience will be unforgettable memories for the rest of my life. I would like to tell our juniors about the wonder of entertainment I have learned in the USA when I’m back to Japan.” (video by nakosoeki, translation by Ozekal-san):

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Replay of the KTLA-stream of the whole 2-hour parade is here. Tachibana comes in at 37-min mark.


38th Annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Bandfest:

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(all videos found on this event are in this playlist)

Was this one hell of a show! It is sold-out stadium on December 30, 2017 and we start with “Kurara” (see more of her here) getting special introduction and Drum Major “Ron” taking the podium to lead the band for classic jazz opening with Dizzy GillespieManteca“, but it was Disney “It’s a Small World (After All)” which made audience react to the funny choreography. Then Yokoyama-coach took podium for the main theme from the movie Jurassic Park only to be invaded by orange Godzillas who brought doughnut to Mr Tibbet as birthday present (…I’m not joking here!). The finish was again very delightful “Cantina Theme” from Star Wars followed by the trademark last song “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)“. In the end we have bandpass led by the three Drum Majors, Tanaka-sensei got a drumhead too and band their prize-money (see more here), and “Kurara” took the final bow (video by Music213).

All Saturday afternoon performances in full can bee seen in the video by Pasadena Star News here (Tachibana comes in at 2h12min-mark). Other full Bandfest shows are here: Friday, Saturday morning.


Parade in Disneyland Park:

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(all videos found on this event are in this playlist)

First time in full 200-member strength the band marched down Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland Park on December 29, 2017 led by exclusive lineup of three Drum Majors, “Pimo” (2016), “Ron” (2017) and “Cony” (2015, and the last to bring National Gold to the band). It was a nice touch that the direction was credited not only to Tanaka-sensei and Yokoyama-coach but also band founder professor Hisashi Hiramatsu. We catch the band in the middle of Disney medley and then they go for standstill performance of “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” – Tachibana trademark move (video by Music213). Among the returning alumni you can pick up just in front of the camera the lead drummer of the band from their previous Rose Parade -visit so she is now doing this twice (since graduation she has gone pro with three albums under her belt: Twitter, facebook, blog, online store). Watch band members waving and high-fiving kids at audience (…like “Tippi” at 4:46…), that’s showmanship Tachibana is famous for! Fans of “Kurara” can see her dancing at 7:10. Some additional pictures of percussion are here.

Another view on the same parade (video by Paul Miller). At 4:47 attack by high-fiving tubas!

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Visit to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center:

Orange Devils in Downey, CA. Hope they had time to visit the famous McDonalds there!

Tanaka-sensei led smaller contingent of the band to perform at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center on December 27, 2017 as part of the Tournament of Roses Band Cares -program (see reference of the visit here, Twitter-account of the Band Cares -program is here). See all pictures here (pictures by Band Cares -program Twitter-account). Short video of band playing “Down By the Riverside” by Sara Kiritie facebook is here, and another short video by Band Cares -facebook is here.


Practice at Anaheim Angel Stadium:

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Band practicing at Anaheim Angel Stadium parking lot on December 28, 2017. See also pictures by Paul Miller here.


News articles on band visit:

Kyoto Shimbun reports the visit in short article (click picture)


Rafu Shimpo summary article in Japanese (click picture)


The Asahi Shimbun Osaka-edition features “Kurara” in their article


Orange County Breeze has a good summary of the visit (click picture)


Rafu Shimpo features “Kurara” too (click picture)


Twomavericks.com was impressed by Tachibana cornering choreography (click picture)


Arcadia Weekly noted “dazzling Tachibana” (click picture)


The Orange County Register lists 5 biggest reactions of Rose Parade. Guess what was one of them? (click picture)


Los Angeles Daily News listed 6 best moments of Rose Parade. One band was on the list… (click picture)


Pasadena Star-News focuses on “Kurara” (click picture)


Warming up video by Green Band Association:

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Green Band Association (GBA) published full-length version of their earlier video (see that here) used to promote the band at the “Making a Difference” marching band video contest (see more of that here and here). This stage show video will give you a taste what to expect at Bandfest and Benefit Concert, although of course in these events more music is likely to be played.


Rose Parade “Dress Rehearsal”:

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On November 23, 2017 the band paraded nearby their school at Fushimi Ōtesuji Shopping Street which could constitute as a “dress rehearsal” for the Tournament of Roses Parade (video by Marschtanz63). See the detailed set list with time-indexes here.

Set list of the above video:
1) Traditional parade opening piece of the band: “Down By the Riverside“;
2)Happy” by Pharrell Williams from animated movie Despicable Me 2;
3)Baroque Hoedown“, the theme song of Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade;
M1)When Will My Life Begin?” from Disney 2010 movie Tangled;
M2)You Can Fly!” from Disney 1953 movie Peter Pan;
M3)Friend Like Me” from Disney 1992 movie Aladdin;
M4)That’s How You Know” from Disney 2007 movie Enchanted;
M5)A Whole New World” from Disney 1992 movie Aladdin;
M6)Mickey Mouse March” from 1955 TV-show “The Mickey Mouse Club“;
M7)It’s a Small World” theme song of Disney ride of the same name;
M8)Once Upon a Dream” from 1959 Disney movie Sleeping Beauty;
M9) “The Raiders March”, theme from the first Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark;
M10)For the First Time in Forever” from Disney 2013 movie Frozen;
4) “Festa Do Interior” by Brazilian singer Gal Costa.
* Mx = played as part of (almost) Disney Medley
* Click the set list number for direct link to the video


Introduction by John F. Kennedy Shamrock Regiment:

Kyoto Tachibana High School Green Band flyer at the webpages of John F. Kennedy Shamrock Regiment (John F. Kennedy High School Band, La Palma, California) is here, and inspirational story of flutist “Kurara” who performs with prostethic leg is here.

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Formal announcement by Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association:

Formal announcement of the bands of the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade by Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association is here (link not available any longer).

Formal invitation letter received by the band


Earlier posts of this blog:

Earlier posts of the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade of this blog are here and here.


welcome


90 thoughts on “US Visit 2017-18 (Rose Parade)

  1. I happened to come across a website which provides summaries in Japanese of various Japanese High School band leader’s impressions of their trip to the United States. Use google translate and scroll towards the bottom where you can read Advisor Hiroyuki Tanaka’s impression of KT SHS’ 17 day trip to the U.S., the kindness and support provided by the U.S. host families, and cultural differences in crowd reactions to the various performances. Very interesting read. I’m sorry if this had already been posted elsewhere on the blog.
    http://www.green-band.org/leader.html

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  2. Does anyone know why the 9 part videos of the bands parade, band fest, practice days etc were taken down from Music Amenities and Music 213??? I saved them in my playlists but now they are deleted??? Am I missing something.

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  3. Guys, ANONYMOUS is my daughter. Her real name is “Tenshin”. She is half-Japanese but full-blooded ORANGE DEVILS fan. Together, we write poems about our shared passion…the KYOTO TACHIBANA “Tension” MARCHING BAND. Go, girl.

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  4. They march with ease and precision correct, other bands spend years trying to perfect. Amazing it is, their dancing feat. Now tell me ORANGE DEVILS…do you hide wings in your feet?

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  5. They march, they play. They dance, they sway. They wave, they smile. They make your day. They jump, they stomp, they roar, they slay. Goodness gracious…it’s TACHIBANA TENSION all the way !!!

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      • The hosts of both NBC, ABC and the local ch. 5 station hosts were talking at the time but when the band appeared and then started playing SingSingSing they all were so surprised at how they sounded that they stopped talking and focused on the band. Amazing seemed to be the word of choice for all the TV hosts.

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      • I love what you put in the header of the blog… The Most Entertaining Brass Band in the World. You are so right about that. As I sit here on the east coast with a temperature of 5 above zero, I hope all of you in sunny CA are enjoying the concert. Cant wait for video. Please upload as soon as you can. Until then I will watch BandFest for the 10th time. Thanks orangedevilfan.

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        • We are not the only ones, here is quote from Mr Music213: “I can honestly say in all my years of seeing marching bands perform, Kyoto Tachibana (2012 and 2018) is by far the BEST one(s) I have ever seen! I’ll go as far as saying the following: they’re the best marching band worldwide! They can PLAY their instruments (they memorize a ton of music), do those insane dance moves and entertain crowds all at the same time. There isn’t a band out there in my opinion that comes even close to the caliber of this outstanding ensemble. Thank you once again, Kyoto Tachibana!! ありがとう、京都立花です!”. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkz0l1pqfEg&lc=UgxSFMmTj-wvnfDPseV4AaABAg

          He is the guy who has more than 4600 brass band videos at his YouTube-account so he has some perspective.

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  6. @orangedevilsfan The gold-winning drummer from Class 112 is “Frau”, Cony’s bestfriend from classroom 2Y3G. Frau was base drummer in 2013, xylophone in 2014 and snare drum in 2015. You’re right…with Mita and Komare, they’re kinda like an All-Star Dream Team.

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  7. To all Orange Devil fans.
    As I stated in an earlier post my wife and I planned this trip with the band activities in mind. This has been a very eventful trip and one we will cherish for a long time. The Kyoto Tachibana Band performed with great sound, presicion and energy. We watched at Disneyland where they filled the crowd with many cheers. The band fest was awesome. (They were the only band with a standing ovation).
    Today at the parade every band had a cheering section but everyone cheered with joy as the Orange Devil marched by. We have had the opportunity to meet with some of the parents and we had a wonderful time. We also had a brief meeting with some of the band members. Great people. A visit to Japan is now on our bucket list.
    The concert is sure to be a powerful event to close their visit to the US.
    Can’t wait until there next visit to the USA! Also, we enjoy reading all the post, it gives us a feeling of being closer to the action. Thank you to all the great fans and if your reading this post, thank you Kyoto Tachibana SHS for a job well done.

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    • Must have been a thrill to see all of the events. Nice you got to speak to the band members and their parents. You watch so many of their performances and you lose sight that they are still in high school. I don’t know how they do it. It was great to see the video of the band chilling out eating lunch after the band fest. You don’t get to see much of the behind the scenes video or what their life is like outside the band. Cant wait to see the concert video. From what I have seen surfing around the internet etc the band was one of the BEST 5 things about the parade and band fest. I truly hope that the band knows this and is motivated to do more. Going to miss this class. Cant wait for 2018, Sakaru parade, Brass Band Contest and All Japan competition and who will be the Drum Major. Have a great New Year…

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    • To the Jordans, I’m so happy for you guys. You’re living your dreams right now. Hope my daughter and I were there ourselves. The Tachibana fans all over the world are electrified with their performances. And their “Kawaii factor” is sooo out of this world. To the girls and boys of Kyoto Tachibana Marching Band, thank you so much for giving us this wonderful memory of a lifetime. Domo arigato.

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  8. Wow… the band and the staff came up with a very entertaining and creative program. Maybe we see the dinosaurs in other shows. Who else would have thought of that! Band sounded great, standing ovation what else would you expect. The 3 drum majors was a classy touch at Disney. Great to see alumni back in the band. Waited all day to see the live stream and it was worth it. Cant wait for the parade. Keep posting video. Happy New Year

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    • To Doug H and all the orange devil fans:
      Just left the band fest and Kyoto Tachibana stole the show! The performance was better than we could have imagined. Can’t wait until the parade.

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      • THAT was truly entertaining show, classic Tachibana with all-star crew! Kurara got lot of attention but I liked how Ron started the whole thing off. And Tachibana choreographers got audience in stitches few times. I wonder what was the occasion with Tibbets?

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        • I’m not sure what the exact reason was for the two dinosaurs with Mr. Tibbits, other than I think it might have been a way that Tachibana expressed their thanks for him traveling to Japan to present the Rose Parade flag in them in person, but regardless, the audience, while the band played theme from Jurassic Park, love it as they did formation from It’s a Small World, and of course Sing Sing Sing at the end. Great presentation…

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      • This was one of the best SingSingSing I have heard. The march in review was great. I think the Oklahoma band was in ah when they marched by. The birthday tribute to the Tibbets was great. Who else would of thought of this. This class really set the bar high for other classes that come back to the parade. You hear the camera operator panning the standing ovation and you hear her say “just amazing”. The Rose Parade folks should just put the band on a 5 year rotation to appear at all Rose parade events. Keep posting video.

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    • Doug, I totally agree with your post above, especially the part of the “Band sounded great”. It sounds beyond great if your in their presence. I use headphones when I listen to all the Tachibana videos, and it sounds pretty good, but nothing…NOTHING can compare with hearing them in person. OMG….when we were at the practice at Anaheim Stadium, and they started working on the right corner turn when they move from Orange Grove Blvd., (how appropriate) onto Colorado Blvd, they first did it only by a cadence beat from D.M. Ron, then they moved back a quarter mile to practice the turn in full…..and….WOW, the sound this band creates is unimaginable….the tonality,
      volume…without pushing too much air…..is totally unbelievable. I got to experience it again at Disneyland, when they filled Main Street sidewalk to sidewalk…they shook the buildings with Komare’s percussion section, 3x its normal size… then the music moved everyone to total amazement. A great group of students….young adults….and musicians. A fantastic way to remember the New Year.

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      • I agree. The drum section is second to none when they have a full contingent. Thanks to Music Amenities and Music 231 for the posts. I think they know who to follow for the best in show. Please post the parade and concert videos. I cant image what they will bring based on what we have already seen.

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      • @Paul MIller That’s what my daughter said too when she was able to watch one of their performances in Japan. No equipment can truly capture the vibes and the atmosphere of the Boom-Boom Girls (that’s what she calls them) when you hear them play in person. The place suddenly comes alive with a certain “energy” only they can generate. I call it the “Tachibana Tension”.

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  9. 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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    • From what I have heard, there is a YouTube channel by the name of Music Amenities that is planning to post several videos of their stay here in the U

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      • All we can do is hope that the make good on their comment. I am now more aware than ever of the increasing security arrangements that all units will be expected to follow in all pre and post parade situations. As far as the rest of the days they are here, they will be extremely busy having seen a preliminary itinerary. I’m sure the experience’s the students will have will differ based what the host families have planned and the limited time we have to show them what life in general is like here in So. California, and the culture of the “American Way”. Hopefully they will present an honest overall view. In a few hours of posting this, they will have boarded their flights…..and the adventure of a life time for most of the students, parents and staff will begin. We wish them safe and smooth travels.

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  10. We are already packing our bags and insuring our camera is ready. Our trip is almost entirely planned around the band. Does anyone know what time the band will perform at Disney?

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    • Dear The Jordans, If you have ever dealt with Disney before, they hardly ever release performance times at the park. At our Host Family meeting this past Thursday I was able to “peek” at a schedule regarding Disney. In the past they had two performances (marching down Main Street), this time however they are only doing one parade and it will be in the evening prior to the usual Disney parades and ultimately the fireworks show. What I saw simply said “evening performance”. Get there early and plan on staying the entire day, as when the parks fill up they will close until the occupancy levels drop back down to a safe number based upon fire code restrictions. Pick your place early….sit on the curb and wait, and wait, and wait. IF you’ve been to Disneyland recently you know exactly what I mean, Do not expect to interact with the band, as they will be shuttled into and out of costume changes, and you’ll never know that they’ve left the park. IF you’ve got tickets to the BandFest on the 30th that might give you a better overall view, but the bleachers at Pasadena City College and not very tall, so again bring your video camera, a nice zoom lens and a tripod, please…don’t forget the tripod if you want a decent video. Rose Parade seats might still be available, but only selected sections probably have a few seats, at a premium price. After both events the band is shuttled back to their hotel, were they will connect with their host family for a day of sanity and relaxing. Good Luck

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  11. Looking forward to seeing the video of Band Fest the parade, Disney and the concert. It will be interesting to see if they use material from other shows, parades or if it will be all new. Going to be hard to top the 2011 Band Fest parade and concert. Hope to see some of the members that graduated come back. Doug H.

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    • Doug, I’m sure the parade/review portion of the BandFest performance will be very much like their standard parade shows of the past year, they only play about 3 songs, The Field show portion is an unknown, most of their performances are geared for the indoor area….being outside presents challenges that the band does not have to deal with on a regular basis, but I’m sure it will be fantastic. There is a very large contingent of alumni joining the band, in fact the three Tachibana members I have staying with us are all alumni. Regardless of what the shows are… keep a positive attitude and try not to compare it with anything,…..for as they say “Change is the only constant there is” I’m sure video’s will flood the pages of YouTube that evening.

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      • I can only imagine their parades will be a lot like the November 23 event. Benefit Concert is the most interesting in a sense that it is more than an hour-long concert so lot of music will be played, including hopefully some which we rarely hear otherwise.

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      • Thanks Paul. It must be a real thrill to host the band members. I cant image how pumped they will be to be here and perform. I love watching this band and I hope they know how much the fans appreciate how much we here in the states enjoy the performances. Good question…is the band aware of the fans they have here in the states? Tell them they have a huge fan in Maryland. Thanks

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        • Doug, I’m pretty sure the students know of the following they have, probably more so than the school administration would like to acknowledge. Since its a 3 year private high school, the turn over is pretty quick, and I’m sure by the time the 3rd year students graduate, and the other two move up, they become aware of just how popular they are outside of Japan. They have fans world wide, from here in the states….to S. America, Europe, the South Pacific just about everywhere, and the numbers keep growing. Thank you for the kind words….the 9 or 10 days the students are here, will be memories all of us will keep for a life time.

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    • I have found out Kurara’s actual name is Hitomi Kanamaru, since “make your name to honor your family” was an old motto in the East, I like to mention the name again like I have mentioned somewhere else in this blog.

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      • Thanks Conway for the info. She is really amazing lady despite here situation, she manage to adapt the hard training and fast faced environment of tahcibana, Even the strict training from Tokoyama-sensei despite her condition. Being member of Tachibana, probably she will never forget this experience that she share for her future grand children.

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      • This is indeed her full family name, but most of us here prefer to use the ‘nickname’ just for the safety and protection of the students. These students are still minors and we like to keep the personal information that is shown here to a minimum, if at all. I hope you can appreciate this point of view for the protection of all the student performers, the school and their families.

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  12. No Worry.
    My wife and I have watched every performance we can find. The girl in question keeps the pace with all the other members. Don’t think we should worry too much. We have become big fans and are making a special trip across the US just to see their performance. I don’t think we will be disappointed.

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  13. Hi, I’m really worried about the other member of Tachibana for the 2018 Rose Parade, the girl on the flute section (prosthetic leg), I hope she can manage the long parade. Although I know she can, she manage to finish the 1hr plus parade in 2016. The girls of Tachibana should reserve their energy to last the entire parade.

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    • When Lance Tibbet visited the band last summer they gave TV-interview where they were asked what is their biggest challenge in Rose Parade and they replied: “stamina”. I think they have good understanding where they need to focus in training and I trust all band members will be well prepared for the ordeals of the famous 5½-mile parade route.

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    • To Hernando: I have seen that 76 minutes parade of 2016 too, when I was playing snare drum in our bugle and drum corps back in the early 1970s, we were always full of stamina before every parade but the stamina would faded after less than 20 minutes of parading. But that is not the case of Kyoto Tachibana because “full of stamina” is one of their three mottos, and Kurara finished that dueling 76 minutes too. I have learn to appreciate Kurara’s determination instead of worry for her, let’s cheer for her and the girls and boys and senseis, do remember Hiramatsu sensei also finished the 2012 parade, I wonder if he will parade along in the New Year’s day?

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  14. I am a former U.S. high school band director in Oregon and Washington and I have to say what a huge fan I have become of the Orange Devils recently. Your innovative marching style is unique and very entertaining, but I’m more impressed with the tone quality of the band in general and fine level of musicianship. Marching bands in the US spend many long hours perfecting their parade show or field shows for football games. I can see that the Orange Devils pride themselves on each member performing their music and drill to the best of their ability with great emphasis on ensuring the choreography is perfectly performed as well. Congratulations on your many well-deserved awards and invitations to such prestigious events as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. I wish you all the success on your trip and I look forward to watching the performance online.

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  15. It is rumored that some alumnis re-join the dand in the 2012 parade included a 2005 third-grader who innovated the dancing style. If it is true, will we see even more Orange Devils in the up-coming parade?

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    • As far as I know alumni will join the 2018 parade too. Rose Parade is by far bigger event than any the band do in Japan so to fill up Colorado Boulevard appropriately some extra members are needed.

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      • We are from Alabama in the US. We have recently become fans of this wonderful band. We plan to be at the Rose Parade this year just too see the orangedevels. We are also making plans to visit Kyoto in 2018. Is there a schudule we can use to plan our trip and where can we find it?. You have a developing fan base here. Love what you do.

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        • Unfortunately the band has no publicly available official schedule as far as I know. There are number of events the band “almost certainly” attends, like Kyoto Sakura Parade, parade in Blumen Hügel Farm, BrassExpo, “Brass Band of 3000” Event, All Japan Marching Contest and Ōeyama Shuten-dōji Festival. The confirmation of their participation is available however only much closer to the event. If I would be you I would plan my trip around one of these events and hope for the best!

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    • Rather than the term “Third graders”…more accurately it should read 3rd year students, and yes…the alumni contingent for the 2018 parade is rather large. The band will number 194 at step off, 184 girls, and 10 guys. Big Bands are back, but they will look great marching down Colorado Blvd.

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