ENSEMBLES 2016

Tamagawa Academy Upper Secondary Division Symphonic Wind Orchestra

Tamagawa Academy Upper Secondary Division Symphonic Wind Orchestra

 

Tamagawa Academy Upper Secondary Division Symphonic Wind Orchestra was established in 1965. The band attended the All Japan Band Competition 10 times, receiving gold prizes five years in a row starting in 1976, and was invited for an exhibition performance in 1981. In 1984, Tamagawa appeared at Vienna’s International Youth and Music Festival, receiving the Vienna award while also touring Austria and Hungary. The Wind Orchestra has also performed for the All Japan High School Wind Band Conference twice, the All Japan High School Wind Band Conference in Yokohama 9 times (receiving 7 President’s Grand Prix Awards), and the East Japan Band Competition 5 times (receiving 3 gold prizes). They have traveled to Australia in 2003, Taiwan in 2004, the 15th World Music Contest Kerkrade 2005 (grand prix and the highest points on record), the Taiwan Band Clinic (2008), the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Taiwan (2011) plus performing across the island, and Vienna’s Summa Cum Laude 1st place in the “Symphonic Band” category (2013).
The Tamagawa Academy Upper Secondary Division Symphonic Wind Orchestra gives two main concerts a year in addition to contest appearances and school activities.

 

 

Akira Hasebe

Akira Hasebe

Conductor

Akira Hasebe graduated from Tamagawa University, majoring in music and studying conducting with Chiyuki Murakata. He taught lower secondary school between 1982 and 1998, leading the band to the All Japan Band Competition five times receiving a gold prize in 1985. Hasebe produced joint concerts with the “Tokyo Wind Symphony Orchestra” in 1992 and 1998, was honored by the Children’s Culture, Theater, Performing Arts Academy and received the Minister of Health and Welfare Award in 1998.
In 1999, Hasebe began teaching in the upper secondary division (high school) and conducting the wind orchestra.
He has led the band to the All Japan High School Wind Band Conference in Yokohama 9 times (receiving 7 President’s Grand Prix Awards), the East Japan Band Competition in 2008, 2009, 2012, and international appearances at the World Music Contest Kerkrade in 2005 and Vienna’s Summa Cum Laude 1st place in the “Symphonic Band” category (2013).
Hasebe also conducts the Tamagawa University Wind Society and is a board member for the Tokyo High School Band Association and the Tokyo Band Association.

 

 

Naohiro Sonoda

Naohiro Sonoda

Conductor

Naohiro Sonoda was born in Tokyo, 1985. He spent his 14 years in the system of Tamagawa Academy from kindergarten to secondary School. He played trumpet in the symphonic band club. He then studied in Kunitachi College of Music between 2004 and 2008, majoring in music performance and studying vocal music with Kei Fukui. After his graduation, he started teaching Seisa Junior High School as a general music teacher. He was appointed as a music teacher at the Tamagawa Academy in 2016.
Sonoda is also a conductor of the symphonic band.

 

 

Competition Program

 

Thomas Doss (*1966)   Dance from the East
Jun Nagao (*1964)   Ad excelsum
James Barnes (*1949)   Third Symphony - Mvt. 3 & 4, Op. 89

 

 

Additional Concerts Program

 

Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)   Tritsch Tratsch Polka
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)   Second Suite for Military Band in F major, Op. 28/2
Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)   Belle of the Ball
Frank Ticheli (*1958)   Shenandoah
George Gershwin (1898-1937)   I Got Rhythm
Hiko Hatano (*1960)   Kira-Kira
Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)   Forgotten Dreams
Johann Strauss (1804-1849)   Radetzky Marsch op.228
Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)   Do-Re-Mi