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It was more than 50 years ago, the year Showa-36, 1961, that Koteki Band was born. It was three years before the first Olympic Games in Asia would start in Tokyo. Although it was not easy to prepare even just a small piece of musical instrument, we had a strong desire for every child to be able to play music. The Koteki Band was aiming to grow young people to be healthy through playing music with keeping in mind to forge our spirit and body. We always have focused on playing music and twirling a baton in a friendly atmosphere rather than the competitions among others.
Our activities have been spread out to various kinds of events led by central and local government, sports, and TVs in both domestic and overseas. In the year 2004, the Koteki Band obtained a certification of nonprofit organization "Zen Nihon Koteki Band Form Baton Association."
Zen Nihon Koteki Band Form Baton Association
One of our activities on TV, titled, What's New?
"The Songs are Our Friends" televised Mar 26, 1978, at "NHK Archives," for celebrating the 90th anniversary of the NHK TV broadcast starting. Seiji TANAKA in his younger days and 100 members of the Japan Koteki Band were singing "Beautiful Sunday," and dancing with button twirling.
Our activities at the starting period through the Showa - era.
Marching Bands and Form Batons
Major activities up to today.
Events to participate in:
Date: 11 Feb, 2018. The parade and musical performance for the Japan National Foundation Day. Parade Course: Starts at Gaienmae, progressing through Aoyama 3-chome, Omotesando and finally get in Meiji Shrine. The Koteki Band Team consisted of five group, Kiyoshi Kinder Garden, Fujiyoshida Trumpet, Midori, Chiba, and Sagamihara, will perform dedication in front of the main building of Meiji Shrine, the batton playings with the brass band.
Principles and Three Creeds
It is three creeds that support our daily-life activities, based on the principles that support us as our spiritual basis.
Through training music and baton twirling, we strive for the development of music education as well as the growing spiritual healthy for young people.
We are practicing and improving our musical playing and twirling skills to fellowship both in domestic and overseas groups.
We are firmly working together to make remarkable progress of our musical field.
Let us act obediently followed by taking our actions.
Regarding the term faithfully, everyone tends to be telling themselves. However, being truly obedient is a way to hold a pure heart that always thinks of people around us. It is not a childish mind.
Try to be friendly with your neighbors.
Anyone has strongly desired this term, but most of us do not use it at proper meaning. Let's think about more.
Let us respect pure mind and noble things.
The mind is pure and innocent as long as you behave according to your pure mind. Elegance and dignity point to this.
Birth of Koteki Band
The basis of Koteki Band was "Tokyo Metropolitan Elementary and Junior High School Band Association." It was initially organized as part of school education program more than 50 years ago by voluntarily comprised of exceeding 400 groups.
The biggest interest in us at that time was that the Olympic Games in Asia would start for the first time in Tokyo.
It was no longer after the war. People were standing up from the devastation ten years after the world war. The primary objective that people would have been pushing forward was the foundation of the state based on economic recovery. The next thing to do was the restoration of our traditional culture and universal mind that were our spiritual basis and its symbol to realize our hope was the Tokyo Olympic Games thoroughly!
In the world of music, the year Showa-31, a full-scale Italian opera was visiting Japan and performing authentic operas in Tokyo, which praised all over the world. The era when people were staring at the future enthusiastically, full of lively dynamism, those were the backgrounds when the Koteki Band was born. ... After that, our activities were going beyond the initial framework, becoming much larger and wider domestic and world communities set as the stage such as the United States, Southeast Asian countries, European countries, China, and India.
Date of updating: January 13, 2018
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