Background – Band

Band Official Website is here.

Band name:

Band parading at streets of Osaka in 2015

Kyoto Tachibana Senior High School Band, commonly abbreviated to Kyoto Tachibana S.H.S. Band (in Japanese: 京都橘高等高校 吹奏楽部) (see more about Kyoto Tachibana high school here).

They are fondly nicknamed as “Orange Devils” (in Japanese: オレンジの悪魔) due to their trademark full-orange uniform and tendency of winning band competitions.


Orange Devils in Disneyland Park, Anaheim with their trademark orange uniform

When working under the auspices of Green Band Association during their trips to US in 2005, 2011-12 and 2017-18 they used the name “Kyoto Tachibana High School Green Band” (see more of the 2011-12 trip here, and of the 2017-18 trip here).

Band motto is: “Full of Energy, Smiles and Dreams” (=”Genki Ippai, Egao Ippai, Yume Ippai” = “元気いっぱい!笑顔いっぱい!夢いっぱい!”).

In addition the band creates also annual motto:
1997 (94th Class): SOL DE MEXICO
1998 (95th Class): DUKE DE STOMP
1999 (96th Class): Sparkling Swing
2000 (97th Class): Enjoy! “Tijuana Brass” with TACHIBANA
2001 (98th Class): Love Dreams
2002 (99th Class): New Sounds of TACHIBANA
2003 (100th Class): Swing! Swing! Swing!
2004 (101st Class): COLA LATINO!!
2005 (102nd Class): Shall We Dance?
2006 (103rd Class): LAST DANCE!
2007 (104th Class): Line of DANCE
2008 (105th Class): Swing With Us!
2009 (106th Class): Let’s Dance All
2010 (107th Class): Catch Your Heart
2011 (108th Class): Share Best Smile
2012 (109th Class): We Are Entertainer
2013 (110th Class): Hit Like Sunshine
2014 (111th Class): Dreams Come True
2015 (112th Class): Hearts Are One
2016 (113th Class): Trust Way
2017 (114th Class): Do My Best
2018 (115th Class): Make Magic
2019 (116th Class): Wish in Bloom
2020 (117th Class): Power of Charm
2021 (118th Class): ?

Battle Cry: “Tachibana tension!”

(see more of “Tachibana tension!” from the interview here, scroll down to “Battle Cry”)

Band Synopsis:

Band in very early years

Kyoto Tachibana High School Concert Band was founded by legendary professor Hisashi Hiramatsu (1935-2021) in 1961 and it soon evolved to one of the oldest female Marching Bands in Japan (see info on their 50th Anniversary Concert in 2012 here, in Japanese).

Band is formed out of students of the school Wind Music Club and has usually around 100 members from which typically only handful are boys. Wind Club activities are traditionally preferred by girls in Japan (boys tend to go to baseball or soccer clubs). They train before and after school hours as well as in weekends, holidays included, and are regular participant in All-Japan Marching Contest (3 National Gold Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2015, 3 National Silver Awards in 2007, 2011, 2014). First overseas trip took place in 1975 to Harrogate, UK (see more here), and later the band has visited Hawai’i every three years from 1981 (first to Maui and from 1998 to Kaua’i) to 2016. They participated at the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, California in 2012 (see more here) and at the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade in 2018 (see more here).

For more detailed information of band history and activities please see the “Tachibana Interview” -article series (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5).


– Band Director Yutaka Kaneshiro (兼城 裕) (Director: 2018-):

Yutaka Kaneshiro (photo by Masayuki Arakawa (GENROQ))

Music Teacher, Band Director and Wind Club Advisor (2018-): Yutaka Kaneshiro. Born August 19, 1979. Plays trumpet and worked as a music teacher and the director of wind music clubs at public senior high schools in Kyoto for ten years. Before Tachibana he taught six years music and directed the wind music club at Kyoto Prefectural Hokuryō Senior High School (website, Wikipedia, their band introduction is here).

See news article of his appointment here, and interview here.

His interview at band official site is here (in Japanese).

– Former Band Director Hiroyuki Tanaka (田中宏幸) (Director: 1995-2018):

Band Director and Wind Club Advisor (1995-2018): Hiroyuki Tanaka. Born August 16, 1958 in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, alumnus of Osaka College of Music, plays trumpet.

After resigning Tachibana in March 2018 he went working at Toyonaka Municipal First Junior High School (see more of that here), retiring from there year later.

See more of his book on Tachibana here.

His Wikipedia-entry (in Japanese) is here.

Social media:
facebook (old, Tachibana-era),
facebook (new, after moving to Toyonaka Municipal First Junior School),
Twitter (for confirmed followers only),

Tanaka-sensei speech makes the audience roaring with laughter (in Japanese way) (video by 慶次郎前田, starts at 0:10):

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– Founding Director Hisashi Hiramatsu (平松久司) (Director: 1961-1995):

Professor Hisashi Hiramatsu (photo by Masayuki Arakawa (GENROQ))

Founding Director (1961-1995): Hisashi Hiramatsu. Born January 1, 1935 in Aichi Prefecture, died March 13, 2021 (click here for news about his death). Alumnus of Kunitachi College of Music, trumpetist at Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. Music teacher and Deputy Principal, Chairman of All-Japan Band Association 2006-2013, honorary Chairman of Green Band Association, conductor at Tachibana Family Band and Special Advisor of the Tachibana Wind Music Club.

See his interview here, and Wikipedia entry (in Japanese) is here.

Professor Hiramatsu addressing audience in 2012 in La Palma, California when band attended the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade (video by Music123, introductions starts at 30:38):

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– Deputy Band Director Kazumi Itani (井谷一美):

Kazumi Itani (picture by her facebook)

Deputy Band Director Kazumi Itani. Born March 12. Professional clarinetist.

Her interview at band official site is here (in Japanese).

Social media:

– Assistant Band Director Akemi Hayami (早見 明美):

Akemi Hayami (photo by Masayuki Arakawa (GENROQ))

Assistant Band Director and Assistant Wind Club Advisor: Akemi Hayami. Japanese Teacher. Chief of Guidance and Counselling. She is responsible for general affairs of the Wind Music Club.

See her interview here and her introduction at school site here (in Japanese)..

– Band Coach Hirofumi Yokoyama (横山弘文):

Hirofumi Yokoyama (photo by Masayuki Arakawa (GENROQ))

Band coach Hirofumi Yokoyama: Born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture in 1962. Studied in US and took part in the competitions of Drum Corps International (DCI). Alumnus of Osaka College of Music. Freelance marching instructor for about 30 senior high school bands in Japan. Music Director of the Green Band Association (GBA).

See his interview here.

– Drum Majors:

The band votes the future drum major from the freshmen in October of their first school year. She will serve as an assistant to Drum Major during her 2nd year, and will finally be promoted to full Drum Major for her 3rd (senior) year. Main responsibility of the Drum Major is to arrange and supervise all training of the band.

When using the orange uniform Drum Major can be recognized by her silver-lined shawl. In the video below Drum Major “Ron” climbs up to podium and leads the band through two first songs at the 38th Annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Bandfest in 2017:

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Band Drum Majors in recent years:
2021 (118th Class): Uda-san, “Racho” (らちょ), clarinet
2020 (117th Class): Aoyama-san, “Makko” (まっこ), trombone
2019 (116th Class): Kurisu-san, “Palinpu” (パりんぷ), flute (interview)
2018 (115th Class): Kusaka-san, “Okazel” (🙂かツェル★彡), clarinet (interview)
2017 (114th Class)+Rose Parade 2018: Nagao-san, “Ron”, clarinet
2016 (113th Class): Okada-san, “Piimo”, flute
2015 (112th Class): Okamoto-san, “Cony”, trombone
2014 (111th Class): Fujiwara-san, “Maazef” French horn
2013 (110th Class): Saitō-san, “Ion”, saxophone
2012 (109th Class): Yamaguchi-san, “Maiya”, flute
2011 (108th Class)+Rose Parade 2012: Asada-san, “Horacha”, clarinet
2010 (107th Class): Ōhara-san
2009 (106th Class): Taniguchi-san
2008 (105th Class): Sanada-san
2007 (104th Class): Kubota-san
2006 (103rd Class): not known
2005 (102nd Class): Umehara-san
2004 (101st Class): Ikeda-san
2003 (100th Class): Nakajima-san
2002 (99th Class): Kinan-san
2001 (98th Class): Kawaguchi-san
2000 (97th Class): Ikeda-san
1999 (96th Class): Iwamoto-san
1998 (95th Class): Koyama-san
1997 (94th Class): Ueda-san

Pictures of Tachibana Drum Majors from 1996 (lower right) to 2020 (upper right) by Tachibana SHS Band Fan Brasil modified by Freud Alb:

See more details of the Wind Music Club organization from the interview here.

Music and style:

The music the band plays is almost entirely Western, starting from gospel and big band era classics, and ending to evergreen pop songs and recent chart hits with heavy dose of Disney tunes interspersed. Music is chosen bearing in mind the expected preferences of the audience and how easy it is to adapt to the band dancing style. The regular parade program is about 15 minutes long and if needed it will be rolled over.

As originally suggested by Yokoyama-coach the band trademark dancing style was developed in 2005 based on the 1997 “Burn the Floor” ballroom dance show by 102nd Class Marching Composition Team, including euphonist Seiji Nakao (中尾征爾) and percussionist Kōhei Shiba (芝公平). All dance moves are choreographed by the band members themselves resulting to the unique Kyoto Tachibana -style of marching which has made the band adored in Japan and overseas. Band has also granted permission to other schools to adopt similar approach to their brass bands, such bands are Izumo Business High School Wind Orchestra and Ōnishi Gakuen Junior and Senior High School Brass Band.

See also interview here fore more details on band music and style.

(large collection of original versions of music Tachibana plays can be found in this playlist)

The trademark song of the band which is practically always part of the program is “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” made famous by Benny Goodman in 1937. This wild dance is sometimes performed in parades as a standstill number but usually it is the last song (or encore) of any stage/field show and ends with traditional “Tachibana Plow” -formation and “Ey!”-shout. Several bandmembers have said that the reason they applied to Tachibana and joined the band was to be able to play and dance this song (video by I LOVE BRASS; starts at 6:30):

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Tachibana parade nearly always starts with century old gospel tune “Down By the Riverside” which tells you to throw your aggression away and assume more peaceful way of life – what better message to set up proper mood for the band performance (video by 慶次郎前田, starts at 1:15)!

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Instead stage/field shows often start with “Winter Games”, 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics theme song by David Foster (video by 慶次郎前田; starts at 0:25):

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As an example of newer music here is Pharrell Williams 2013 chart hit “Happy” from animated movie Despicable Me 2 (video by sttaketo, starts at 16:04, and the ending pose at 17:50 is really really good!):

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Oldie hit songs of the program are represented here by “The Loco-Motion” made famous in 1988 by Kylie Minogue (video by I LOVE BRASS; starts at 3:06):

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Disney Medley is integral part of any event and they play the catchiest tunes about 30s each and you can have fun listening e.g: “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” (from movie Cinderella), “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee” (from movie Pinocchio), “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” (from sequels of movie Three Little Pigs) or “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (from movie Mary Poppins) (video by Marschtanz63; medley is between 5:18-10:57, and again 20:23-25:28, see detailed set list here):

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Movie music has not been forgotten either, here band takes on Star Wars with few bars of “Main Theme” followed by “Cantina Theme” (video by I LOVE BRASS, starts at 10:40)… ooh no! don’t fall down!! (at 11:24):

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There is certain preference to South American music in the choices of the band and here they go exploring mambo and what better way to do that than playing “¡Qué rico el mambo!” by Pérez Prado, the King of the Mambo! (video by I LOVE BRASS, starts at 5:48):

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Japanese-origin music is a rarity in the band events but here is “Moonlight Densetsu” from the famous magical girl anime series of the 90s, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon (video by st.taketo; starts at 0:30):

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Stage/field shows in general are events where band performs larger selection of music, here as an example Glenn MillerIn The Mood” (starts at 7:31, video by I LOVE BRASS):

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Over the decades the band uniform has of course been changed several times (see more details in this interview). The band current trademark orange uniform was designed in 1981 by band alumna Yamashita-san and is considered a symbol of luck and therefore worn in all competitions the band participates in. Color comes from Citrus tachibana -fruit (mandarine-like fruit growing native in south-western Japan) and the white hair ribbon represents the petals of the flower of the fruit (video by おーじろー2):

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Blue-gold uniform has been the other main uniform but the band has stopped wearing it in public events since the end of 2016 (video below by 慶次郎前田). It is still worn e.g. in Regular Concerts:

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Blue happi-coat/white skirt combination (“Hawai’i uniform”) is used only rarely as band does not have enough of them for the whole band any more (video by MIKAN):

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For sit-down concerts the band has used the combination of red jacket/white skirt and socks until the end of 2020 (see video below by Kazumi* Itani*):

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New uniform was introduced at the beginning of the band 57th Regular Concert on December 24, 2020 and the band now plays in white tuxedo with orange handkerchief or tie and black trousers:

Occasionally the band also performs in their school uniforms. Here is the band in November 2018 playing in their new school uniforms introduced in 2017 with checkered skirt and light-grey jacket (video by Môde in The Japan):

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For winter-time cheering duties to support school soccer and volleyball teams band uses strikingly red jackets with tracksuit pants (video by stakketo):

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Although mainly used in practice, black tracksuit pants and white T-shirts are used in some events (e.g. Brass Expo like video below). Drum Major is recognized by the red “T” in her shirt (video by 慶次郎前田):

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Members of the percussion wear also sometimes white or black tabard to protect their uniforms (video with black tabards by きりのんch):

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Regular events of the band over the year:

(see also this interview for more detailed account of the band activities over the year)

The first outdoor parade after winter break (and the last event of the school year) is typically Kyoto Sakura Parade late March. This is exciting for the fans as it is the first time we can see the new Drum Major and what changes are made to the routine for the year (video by I LOVE BRASS):

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School year starts in April and late that month freshmen join parade in Blumen Hügel Farm in their school uniforms marching behing the band clapping hands (video by 慶次郎前田):

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Freshmen playing debut takes usually place couple of weeks later in early May in Brass Expo. You can recognize them by their shiny white T-shirts… (video by 慶次郎前田):

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In June the band typically participates in “Brass Band of 3000” Event at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (video by I LOVE BRASS):

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Fall is dedicated for All-Japan Band Competition (August) and All-Japan Marching Contest Qualifications in September and National Final in November (see more of AJBA Competitions here) (video by Marschtanz63):

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The highlight of the year is the Band Regular Concert in Christmas time which is the last concert band 3rd year members play in. The concert is usually split in three parts: first part is “Classical Stage” with classical music, second part is “Pops Stage” with lighter music, and the third and last part is the wild Tachibana-style Stage Marching Show which culminates in the emotional farewell of the retiring 3rd year band members. It is very difficult to attend this Concert in person as the tickets sell out in seconds, but the band sells discs featuring the third part (stage marching show) of the Concerts in recent years (click here and here).


Wind club introduction at school website (in Japanese) is here.

Band Twitter (in Japanese, unfortunately looks like it is defunct) is here.

Kyoto Tachibana High School email: nk (at) tachibana-hs (dot) jp.

School telephone switchboard:

Band postal address:

京都橘高等高校 吹奏楽部
〒612-8026 京都市伏見区桃山町伊賀50

Telefax number to the band:

addressed to: 京都橘高等高校 吹奏楽部

Please do NOT send cards, letters, gifts and the like to the band or the band members as the school policy is NOT to deliver them to the students.

197 thoughts on “Background – Band

  1. I was really excited to see KTSHS at Rose Parade 2020. Unfortunately the band wasn’t there.
    The Rose Parade without KYOTO TACHIBANA is boring.
    Only the GREEN BAND was there, but no comparison with KYOTO TACHIBANA.
    A real shame.
    Georg a fan from Germany

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  2. I was really excited to see KTSHS at Rose Parade 2020. Unfortunately the band wasn’t there.
    The Rose Parade without KYOTO TACHIBANA is boring.
    Only the GREEN BAND was there, but no comparison with KYOTO TACHIBANA.
    A real shame.
    Georg a fan from Germany


  3. They are basically professional musicians before graduating. So impressive!
    I do wonder how they can play while jumping around. I thought it was hard just walking forward… 🙂
    I’ll definitely find more videos of their performances!
    I’m also grateful that I found this site, so many things were explained to me.

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    • Tanaka-sensei’s book contains information about this. According to him, it was Coach Yokoyama who introduced the “Burn the Floor” DVD (containing Sing Sing Sing) to the band. He asked them “Can you do this while playing an instrument?”. Although his suggestion “stunned the members of the club”, the 102nd class’s marching section immediately began working on it.
      Both Kōhei Shiba and Seiji Nakao were members of class 102 and are credited elsewhere, so they do seem to have played key roles in developing the choreography. Link to extracts from, and discussion about the book:


      • I changed the text in the “Background – Band” to better reflect what we know now (or don’t know). Now it reads: “As originally suggested by Yokoyama-coach the band trademark dancing style was developed in 2005 based on the 1997 “Burn the Floor” ballroom dance show by 102nd Class Marching Composition Team, including euphonist Seiji Nakao (中尾征爾) and percussionist Kōhei Shiba (芝公平).” I also changed their introductory texts at “Other Alumni Activities” to reflect the current knowledge. Maybe some day we can have an interview of the band members involved in this groundbreaking moment of band history!


  4. With reference to the annual motto, assumed to be the title of the band’s competition presentation, we can go back beyond 2007 to 1997.
    Reference: Results from Kyoto Marching Festivals 1997 – 2007
    [] and onwards
    1997- Title: SOL DE MEXICO (Songs: Estrellita, Tijuana Taxi, Mexican Hat Dance, Children of Sanchez)
    1998- Title: DUKE DE STOMP (Songs: Take the A Train, Cotton Club, Stomp #1, Caravan, It don’t mean a thing)
    1999- Title: Sparkling Swing (Songs “Little Brown Jug”, Pennsylvania 6-5000, “In the Mood”, Take the A Train, Caravan, Sing Sing Sing, Tequila)
    2000- Title: Enjoy! “Tijuana Brass” with TACHIBANA (Songs: The Maltese Melody, ライズ Rise, Route 101, Fandango)
    2001- Title: Love Dreams (Songs: Manteca, Soul Bossa Nova, Tristeza, La Isla Bonita)
    2002- Title: New Sounds of TACHIBANA (Songs: Winter Games, Amapola, I want to be the wind, Seaside Bound)
    2003- Title: Swing! Swing! Swing! (Songs: Jumpin’ at the woodside, Bugle Call Rag, Take the A Train, Sing Sing Sing)
    2004- Title: COLA LATINO!! (Songs: A night in Tunisia, Amapola, Granada)
    2005- Title: Shall We Dance? (Songs: On Main Street, So In Love, Sing Sing Sing)
    2006- Title: LAST DANCE! (Songs: Sing Sing Sing, Four Brothers, In The Mood)
    2007- Title: Line of DANCE (Songs: Annie Laurie, The Band Wagon. Sing Sing Sing)

    The same source provides Drum Major names but only for the following years:
    1997- Noriko Ueda; 1998- Yu Koyama; 1999- Yoshimi Iwamoto; 2000- Noriko Ikeda; 2001- Hitomi Kawaguchi; 2002- Mayuko Kinan; 2003- Kazumi Nakajima; 2004- Akira Ikeda


  5. Does anyone know the Club President of each year?
    I mean, she always be less known than the DM, while both doing great job leading the group.


    • Hello Angelica! Prior to 2000, whilst the presidents’ names may have been mentioned after they had graduated, I’d say no particular attention was paid to them. This may be because interest is focused on the visible face of the band rather than in who fills the various roles required by the club’s internal organisation. The year 2000 has been different, almost certainly because of the severe effect of covid-related circumstances which have caused the president to play a more public role than previously.
      More generally, names and nicknames of current band members are not revealed unless otherwise made public; even then the practice here is to avoid quoting them. The exception being the Drum Major whose nickname normally comes out pretty fast (though as of now, despite much speculation, that of the 2001 DM it is not yet known). The name of the new president was revealed in a radio programme. Whether she will play the same role, or have to play the same role as her (remarkable, in my opinion) predecessor, we don’t know.


  6. This is Linda Santos from Arizona, USA. I’m a great fan of your band and I’d been watching your parade and contest on your video in YouTube. However, your band needs more members and flag dancers to make it more better. Your band is so unique and I love it. More members please.


    • Linda- lovely to have you on the blog!
      If your comment refers to performances in 2020 when numbers at year-end were about 88, they had been reduced by Covid circumstances. From 2015 to 2019, numbers have hovered around 100. Before that, the highest number appears to have been around 118 in 2014. The lowest known was 69 at the end of 2011. By the way, marching contest rules after 2012 limit the total number of participating band members to 81. For the two Rose Parade events, the band was able almost to double in size by calling on alumni.
      At the 2018 Blumen Hügel parade there were 33 new 1st years; a year later there were 44 (118th class). So a slight growth in numbers appears to have been planned. In my opinion though, a large growth could risk weakening the very close-knit nature of the band, which is surely a key feature of what makes them so successful. Still, whatever the club decides is fine by me. They know best and, after all, the results in terms of the spirit and quality of their performances and in the number of views they attract, are outstanding!


  7. I love you for your spontaneity, always present smile, for the effort put in your performances.

    Kocham Was za Waszą żywiołowość, zawsze obecny uśmiech, za trud włożony w Wasze występy.

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  8. It must have been extremely exciting for the band to be in a music video with one of Japan’s music stars. What an honor it must be for your band music good enough to play with professionals. I think that may be why the band has fans from around the world, like me.
    Plus that they are so cute.

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  9. Would it be possible to buy a tachibana shirt.
    Why are there 2 different color uniforms. One is blue and gold. The other orange and black. What is the significance between them.

    Having nick names of the members is a cute idea. I think these kids get closer to each other than a family.

    One DM stands out. She has lots of energy and love. She seems to rub off on the other band members with her positive energy and joy. Okazel. What does her name mean?

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    • Hey rocko457, can’t answer your question; however, now I’m curious which DM you’re referring to. I have a laundry list of names I gave them since I don’t really know them. I would think the one you might be noting is the little one, not sure.

      I started with the one that stands out overall, “little drummer girl”. That’s an easy one I’m sure. I once thought of offering a prize for whomever can guess the majority of the nicknames I created. Think it would be fun.
      Of course hints may have to be used-being subjective and all. Here are some:
      Genuine, Little Mermaid, Solo, Barbie, Slim Sugar, Slim Spice, Hidden Smile, Wonder Woman, Smooth, Kewl, Little T, Little Big Horn, Tallgirl-easy, etc…
      I’ve watched them-like most so often-that I recognize them even from a distance. They bring such joy to our hearts and man can they play-even while jumping around and dancing. Kudos to and I apologize for not knowing their names, the founder, the leaders, choreographer, parents, and the students themselves. I head they have no real clue just how popular, wonderful, and cherished they truly are. Thanks Kyoto Tachibana Coco. Killer.


  10. Hi.
    I wish to thank-you and dream of watching years more. Watching each year as members join and graduate. I think it’s all those smiles that I’m always returning to see all the different angle of video.and new faces.

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  11. The Kyoto Tachibana SHS Band is the best band I have ever seen, high school or college! The quality of sound and precision of movement is unparalleled anywhere! This group of students / musicians is extraordinary! I am a fan! I watch and rewatch the videos on YouTube. On my bucket list is to one day see this amazing band perform in person. I am so proud of this group. You are truly a national treasure of Japan!!

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  12. Are there any plans to march in the rose parade in the future.

    I saw that Hitomi kanimaru was in the Japanese honor band at the rose parade. Is she still performing? Maybe in college? Or with a local orchestra?

    She captured the hearts of the audience at the rose parade field show.

    I don’t think the audience at the rose parade field show 2017/2018 has seen anything that fantastic before or since of the kyoto tachibana performance.

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    • I saw her as well, and she was such an inspiration to all. But what I could never figure out was, though she performed in several performances and parades and such, when it came time for the competitions, she was never in any of them. Just curious.

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      • Alvin Busby,
        Sorry no one had addressed your questions in the past three weeks. Let me make up for this oversight, contact me via my email, and I will address your concerns & perhaps help in understanding your questions. My wife and I were the host family for Hitomi and I can provide some insight for you. ‘ptmiller448 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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        • It seemed Hitomi had no problem participating in the entire parade. 5.5 miles is tough on everyone.
          If she was in pain she never showed it.
          Very sweet and very humble girl.

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      • Made a mistake here, and I admit to my mistakes. She was in some competitions and did great. Running. jumping, and performing. She always to appear to be truly enjoying what she does, in fact, they all put their hearts into it. I would not mind at all in being her’s, or even any of their’s adoptive American God-Father.

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  13. Aloha from Oahu Hawaii

    I love watching this all of you on you tube all the time. You gals and guys are awesome.

    Someday I hope to visit Kyoto and watch you preform in person


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  14. I’m confused by the pictures of the Drum Majors here (near the top of the page). I’ve been watching video of KT from 2008 and 2009, but those drum majors correspond with the drum major’s pictures for 2007 and 2008 here. (minute 1:35) for 2008 is clearly the DM for 2007 in the pictures.

    I’m just counting back from Ron (2017), Pimo (2016), Cony (2015), Maazef (2014), etc. (minute 1:00) for 2009 is the very image of the DM for 2008 here. What gives?

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    • Thanks for your comment. I’ve been thinking this for a long time and the picture of 2020 is still missing.
      I’m happy to get any information and would like to thank Kyoto Tachbana S.H.S Band- Unofficial Fan Block.
      Does anyone have contact to the now official HP of Tachibana? The last entry was on April 29th, 2020. You could also put some videos from You Tube there as there are now more than 1500 and more than 260million views.
      I am pleased that KT is so popular worldwide.
      Through Corona 19 we probably won’t see any videos this year. I am very sad.
      I wish everyone health and that maybe we will see a healthy group again next year. My hope to see her at the opening of the Olympic Games.
      Greetings from an old fan from Vienna.


  15. recalling the “Mode in The Japan” video that was posted here, one that he added effects to which several of us didn’t like, i came across one of his other videos on YouTube, I think at one of the 2015 competitions. Reading the comments from people, he apparently isn’t too popular among them either. 😀

    “Just an advice : don’t zoom on the camera while filming! zoom before or let it till you eddit your video.”

    “Worst camera work EVER.”

    “Now… If the camera operator would send me his or her contact information, I will gladly pay for some photography lessons. You seriously have no clue as to what you are doing !!!! Terrible !!!!”

    “Kill the cameraman!!!”

    “Keep the camera still dang”

    “Beautiful performance. The camera person gets an F.”

    “Jesus Christ who is operating this camera”

    “Is it possible to ruin a nice performance? yes, cameram did. send him to nightly courses”

    “best marching band, worst cameraman in the world”

    “The cameraman needs to loosen his tripod so he can pan smoothly or just set it for a long range shot and keep it there.”

    “amazing but stop moving the camera omagah”

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  16. I looked at this year’s Rose Parade and also the Green Band. I can only say that a rose parade without KT is like a sunrise without sun. I hope that KT can at least appear at the Olympic Games. Greetings from Vienna.

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  17. I first saw the KT band when I was checking YouTube for any videos on quality for my student council (seitokai) officers. I am their advisor. A 2018 KT Tournament of Roses Parade video randomly popped up and, as a former marching band student and as teacher at a school with an awesome marching band, I decided to check it out, thinking I was going to watch a couple of minutes and move on. I ended up watching the entire hour plus long video, then went to related videos and watched the field performance at the band festival a couple of days before the parade. Wow! Thoroughly impressed! I mean, I think my school has an awesome marching band that has been called the best in the state but if I had to compare, I’d have to say KT beats us. By far. Obviously, the impressive part is that they can play well and dance well at the same time which, if anyone who has ever been in band knows, that’s difficult to do. But to do each well is amazing. Every note is perfect, every step is perfect. And of course, coming from high school kids makes it even more amazing. The other thing is their huge repertoire of songs and they have different dance step for each songs, all of which are MEMORIZED. I remember we had enough trouble trying to march regular steps together and memorize only ONE song. If it was any more songs, like in Christmas parades, we’d all be carrying music on a lyre.

    Well, I decided to use KT as my quality example to my officers because of another video I saw on how KT prepares and practices. The video is from a Japanese TV show and, even though there are no English subtitles, translation is not really necessary as you watch the sweat and tears during the rehearsals, some of them falling down at times, and the grueling things they go through. I am most impressed with the EFFORT, and the fact that much of the rehearsals is run by fellow students, which is what I am trying to get across to my officers. I told them that I thought we were doing OK, but is OK good enough? Are they satisfied with just OK? Obviously, the KT band tries to be better than just OK and strives for perfection. So, to the teachers who guide and support them, the parents who obviously must be helping behind the scenes, but mostly to the KT students themselves, hats off to them all for the outstanding product they put out on the field, stage and parade route and I am positive that in the end, this will produce excellent adults as well!

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    • Like many of us, you too will become addicted. There is no cure. LOL I ran out of words to say, but I’m hooked like a fish. Everyday, I dutifully go to YouTube and Watch 1-2 hours of Tachibana High School Band performances. What’s worse, I purchased Two DVD of their performances, Sing! Sing! Sing! 2007-2015 and Stage Selection 2015-2017. So even If I lose the internet, I have an excellent supply as backup. I can no longer work, I don’t have time for that!
      PS. Tachibana has made me enjoy listening to music and watching bands perform. I just love it! Enjoy your addiction.

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      • Exactly right! I must have viewed dozens of alternate videos of the parade, field show and stage shows and, even though I’ve seen them do “Sing, Sing Sing” in each video, it never gets old. The funny thing in my observation in the videos though, is that Japanese audiences do not seem as enthusiastic about KT performances. I’m not sure if it is because Japanese tend not to show emotions outwardly so their responses are muted, or if it is because all Japanese marching bands are good, so KT, while they might be extra good, does not seem as special. When you watch the parade and field show in Pasadena, KT is OBVIOUSLY the most outstanding. I love hearing the comments like: “Amazing!” or, “They’re ALL girls (erroneously)!” or one guys who says, “That’s bad a**!” Not to mention all the cheers and shout outs! With Japanese crowds, there’s only polite applause, maybe a little bit of cheering. I also love the stage competitions when KT is on stage and the other competing bands are in the audience. Most of the faces of the other band members look serious or even bored, although a few smile. Personally, I think the “Orange Devils” nickname came from other envious Japanese bands.

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      • Well, you are correct! I’ve already viewed many other videos of the parade, field show, stage show, and pretty much anything related, mostly from the 2017-2018 performances in Pasadena but also from performances in Japan. The one curious thing I notice is that audience reaction is somewhat muted in Japan. Not sure if it is because Japanese tend not to show emotions as outwardly as Americans or maybe because all Japanese bands are good so even if KT is extra good, they don’t seem as exceptionally amazing as they do in the US. Most American bands simply march straight lines, almost walking more than marching, and they might throw in a couple of “dance” moves here and there, but nothing like KT! When I watch KT in the Tournament of Roses Parade or the band festival at Pasadena College, I especially like hearing the comments in the back ground like: “Amazing!” or “They’re ALL girls (erroneously)!” or one guy who exclaims, “That’s bad a**!” Or, when you hear the laughter when KT does “It’s a Small World” and when the T-Rex comes onto the field and falls down. I also like to see the stage shows when KT is on stage and other competing bands are sitting in the audience. Some of the other students look so serious or even bored, though some do smile. I think the “Orange Devils” nickname was given to them by envious competing bands, probably said scornfully like…”There’s those Orange Devils again! How I hate them!” Haha!

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        • I am thinking it’s Japanese culture where audience members dancing and cheering would probably stand out and thus they won’t do it. Judging from the myriad cameras and impressive setups with scores of people racing along parade routes to follow them their popularity is Japan is obvious. I do understand how the Rose Parade experience felt different for the band and left a huge impression.

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          • What fascinated me the most was the young lady with a prosthesis. The tears came to me as I then sheared the story of her. In the meantime i have watched many concerts from other schools. You try to imitate KT. But that is not possible, they are unique. So far I have found and saved 1277 videos on You tube. No day goes by without seeing and hearing KT. I wish the new DM and their team all the best. Since I am at home in Europe, I have to rely on all filmmakers in Japan to get more videos.

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    • Thanks for that insight Sherwin and Anonymous, I too love hearing the comments. I’m glad that they are aware of how much they’re are loved here in the good ole USA. I like hearing from people like Sherwin that been down that road or are currently. I started band-drums-,but I wanted to beat them like Tippy / Chippy./ Little Drummer Girl, not the way it started, so I quit.

      Due to this fantastic, hard working, dedicated-determined group, I bought a Sax, which I mentioned in an earlier comment and just day before I bought a violin, wow, what’s happening to me, LOL. I’m not a prideful man, but that’s hard to stop when I watch KT play. I hope the 2018 group come together again for an encore of some kind. I’m sure they were missed this year. I heard some may have been here, not sure.

      KT-rocks, they’re Killer!!!

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      • Hey, Gary! Anonymous is me, too. I forgot to type in my name and that’s how it appeared. Anyway, here’s a huge coincidence. I also started off in percussion in middle school but got bored and envied the wind players. So, summer after 8th grade, my buddy, a sax player, gave me a crash course in alto sax. I managed to get good enough on my own to join the freshman band. I never got higher than middle of the pack of 15 altos, but I was much happier. In ajy case, there is no way we coukd have done what KT does!

        As a parent, my kids also joined marching band, though I never pushed them. It was more peer pressure, though both played saxophone since they could use my old one. My son became DM his last two years. The benefit is that we never had to search for him in the 230 piece band. The band, Moanalua High School, has been called the best in the state of Hawaii, and they are good. But if they competed head to head with KT, even I would have to give the nod to KT. After watching that first KT video, I’m still picking up my jaw off the floor.

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        • Thanks for the explanation Sherwin, appreciate it sir. Wow, large band. Yeap, I once heard a local radio station her in Texas talk about the band that was behind them in the Rose parade, they are from San Antonio. They went on to perform in the Macy parade. She mentioned how difficult it is to march and play simultaneously. I wanted to call in and tell her ask those members about he band ahead of them in the Rose parade and encourage to watch KT perform, WOW!!! I have to watch them daily. I go through as many videos that I can, just love them. Take care, Gary, aka Killer, out.

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    • I just happen to find the Kyoto Tachibana SHS Band, while checking out the Polish Marching Bands in Poland, I wish the KTB would get invited to display their marching band choreography at not only the Polish Marching Band events, but all around the world. The KTB is truly unique because it’s mostly made up of young females that can play an instrument as well as choreograph their movement like a mirror.. the world must experience the KTB. I’m so hooked on their videos, such creative spirit…a proud heritage of amazing talent..

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      • Welcome to the fold, Thomas. Yes, I’m sure we’d all like to have KT visit our countries, but their schedule limits them to an occasional trip to Hawaii, and what’s likely a regular appearance at the Rose Parade once every 6 years according to GBA/RP regs. Alumni are appearing regularly in composite “Japan Honour Band” groups, but whilst that’s commendable and something to look forward to it isn’t the same.
        Our best bet is the myriad of YT videos out there, which we must be thankful to the local videographers to capture the moment for the rest of us to admire and enjoy. With the cancellations due to the virus concerns, it might be a lean year this year as far as content goes, and we hope to be able to watch the new group of freshmen pick up the mantle and begin their journey learning from their senpai and kohai to continue bearing the bright orange flame.

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    • I have been wanting to hear feed back from other high school bands of the Tachibana band. I was amazed as well. Both my kids were in high school band

      Did you see the music video they did with one of Japan’s music stars? It was fantastic. They allowed the band to do one with the same song without the artist.

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  18. I only recently discovered the Orange Devils on YouTube. The group is FANTASTIC! Bets band I have EVER HEARD! Tremendous performances! Kudos to the band members for all of their hard work. Also, hats off to every director, coach and supporter of the band. It takes many people working very hard to achieve the success this band has reached! Continued success!

    Richard Musquez
    Bakersfield California

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