Friday, August 03, 2012
HISTORIC: Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultanah Asma marching band beats 26 others
ALOR STAR: SEKOLAH Menengah Kebangsaan Sultanah Asma has scored a first for high schools in the country after its marching band, (SASBAND), received the prestigious United States-based Sudler Shield Award.
It beat 26 other high schools worldwide to win the award, which recognises high school, youth and marching bands of excellence.
SMK Sultanah Asma is also one of six foreign high schools to have won the award, which has mostly been dominated by American schools. The award giving ceremony, held at SMK Sultanah Asma hall here, was presented by World Association of Marching Show Band (WAMSB) president Robert G. Eklund.
He said SASBAND was among 27 high schools selected to vie for the annual award at the World Championship Marching Show Band in Kuala Lumpur last year.
“For 2011, WAMSB has decided to award the Sudler Shield to SASBAND for its world class performance,” he said.
SMK Sultanah Asma principal Kartini Zakaria said she was delighted and proud of SASBAND’s achievement.
“The teachers, students and parents have always supported the band through thick and thin.
“We need all the support we can get, be it mentally or financially, for our young musicians to compete at international levels,” she said.
SASBAND, an all-girls school band, will take part in the World Championship Competition to be held in Brazil in 2014.
Living up to its name, the 140-member SASBAND later performed a repertoire of four popular songs — Singapore Rhapsody, Musim Buah-Buahan, When the Saints Come Marching In and Dancing Queen.