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Taiwanese high school shines at Canada show band competition

2012/07/11 16:14:50

Toronto, July 11 (CNA) Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School took second place at an international show band competition held in Calgary, Canada Tuesday.

The Taiwanese high school finished as the first runner-up with a score of 92.8 points at the Marching Show Bands World Championships held between July 4 and 10.

The Taiwanese band, consisting of 64 students, arrived in Canada on July 4 after having practiced for 13 hours a day to get themselves ready for the competition, which is open to both high school and professional marching show bands.

Canada's Calgary Stampede Show Band clinched first prize with 94.9 points, while third place went to Germany's Fanfare Potsdam, with 91.7 points.

The four-day event attracted 10 teams from six countries including, Denmark, Australia, the United States and Thailand.

The 30-year-old Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School show band is a frequent competitor at international marching band competitions. It won the world championship in Italy in 2008 and Germany in 2010.

It has also won the Showbands Live title at the Calgary Stampede Parade twice, in 2005 and 2009.

(By Paul Chang and C.J. Lin)