“We all grew up with marching bands, which were a signal that festivities were about to start,” remembers Chris Millado, vice chairman and creative director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). “And what better way to promote the musical arts than though marching bands, which were the first to bring Philippine music to the international concert scene?”
Millado spoke throughout the press launch of Ihudyat! (Attention), a pageant of main Philippine marching bands to be staged on March 25, on the University of the Philippines-Diliman Amphitheater.
The pageant is a manufacturing of the UP Vanguard Makati Chapter; UP Diliman workplace for initiatives for tradition and the humanities, and the CCP.
The launch was held at Barbara’s Restaurant in historic Intramuros, Manila. A visitor band, the Pandacan Community Band led by Marito Panganiban, performed acquainted Filipino folks songs.
“The Philippine Constabulary Band performed during the St. Louis, Missouri Exposition in 1904 and received rave reviews from the Americans, who couldn’t believe that Filipinos could play Western symphonies with such dexterity and excellence,” Millado stated.
Participating bands will come from the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Marines; in addition to the Citizenship’ Brigade Band of Dasmariñas, Cavite; and the Imus Youth Symphonic Band.
Repertoire contains works by National Artists Antonino Buenaventura and Lucio San Pedro. To be carried out are Buenaventura’s “Pandango sa Ilaw” and San Pedro’s “Lahing Kayumanggi;” the latter is the live performance piece.
Many of the compositions are martial in spirit, however will cowl different genres.
Organizers stated one competitors element will focus on area marching (showmanship), whereas a second element will zero in on live performance musicianship. There will probably be specialised judging, with every choose focusing on the class of the efficiency that’s his experience.
“Bands have been a source of pride and have saved many young Filipinos from the drug menace,” stated one organizer. “This kind of music adds spice to every Filipino’s life.”—CONTRIBUTED