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Taiwanese band wins world marching band championship

2018/07/30 12:16:43

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Taipei, July 30 (CNA) The marching band from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School won the final in the drill competition Sunday at the annual World Championships held by the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) in Taipei.

In addition to the world champion trophy, the boys' marching band also garnered the prize for best percussion performance. The awards both came eight years after the corps won the World Championships in 2010.

Before that, the high school marching band took its first WAMSB World Championships trophy in 2008, according to Fan Chia-ming (范家銘), who coached the winning team.

Fan said he felt very happy for the boys, who he said had been nervous and stressed before the final kicked off.

"Now the pressure is finally gone," he said.

Unable to contain his excitement, Chen Yu-yi (陳裕益), head of the parents' support association for the Chien Kuo (Jianguo's old name) High School Marching Band, said they have "kept the championship in Taiwan."

He recalled the boys started their intensive training July 7.

Every day since then, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., they "practiced under the high heat of over 30 degrees Celsius. Everyone got a dark tan," said Chen, describing the color of their skin as "darkness pride."

The 2018 WAMSB World Championships, organized by the Taiwan Marching Band Association, took place in Taipei July 25-29.

(By Liang Pei-chi and Elizabeth Hsu)
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