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Sep 02

Harper Leads the Way in Japan

The first Brass Band Camp in Japan was held recently under the expert guidance of Tongwynlais Temperance Band Professional Conductor Philip Harper.

The organisers of ‘BBCH’, Atsuhiko Okamoto and Toshiaki Kameyama are also founders of Hamamatsu Brass Band, which was formed in 2004. A few years ago Atsuhiko came to the UK to study with Professor David King and is a former principal cornet of Breeze Brass Band from Osaka. Philip Harper and Fodens baritone player Natsumi Inaba were heavily involved in this year’s inaugural camp, where 70 participants from 16 different bands nationwide enjoyed plenty of rehearsals and traditional brass band music making.

The camp included massed band rehearsals with Atsuhiko and Philip, as well as concerts conducted by Philip, featuring soloists Atuhiko Okamoto, Masayo Umino, Takahiro Oshio and Natsumi Inaba and various ensembles. ’70 participants from 16 different bands nationwide enjoyed plenty of rehearsals and traditional brass band music making’

The history of the Japanese Brass Band only goes back to 1972 and BBCH has helped the movement in its progression and recognition.

The organisers also announced that the 2nd BBCH will be held on 12th, 13th and 14th August 2011.