(VJC Symphonic Band)
Overview of VJCSB
Since its formation in 1984, VJC Symphonic Band has endeavoured to nurture its students’ musical proficiency and to develop in them a life-long interest in music. In this spirit, the band has staged numerous public concerts over the years and has participated actively in the Singapore Youth Festival, garnering top awards.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
There is a hidden committee of members chosen by seniors in charge of publicity and band bonding events – The Anti-Exco (TAE). Rest assured, we work hand-in-hand with the EXCO. (PS: We handle the fun stuff) One of the first events to determine if you are fun and unique enough to join the ranks is the planning of the band chalet, which is one of the 3 farewell parties we plan for our seniors!
How often do you have your trainings?
Twice a week! Tuesday practices are from 4.30pm to 6pm. On Saturdays, we have morning (sectionals: 9-11am) and afternoon (combined: 1-4pm) sessions.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
For combined practices, our conductor Mr Adrian Chiang, takes the entire band through the pieces we decide to do for that day, but occasionally, we challenge ourselves by sight-reading new pieces too! Our student conductor, Mirza, leads us through warm-ups as well. As for sectionals, we usually do self-practice as a section. During concert season, tutors will come in to guide us too.
Any additional information to take note of?
For anyone who’s curious about people walking around the school in socks and slippers…that’s us!
More about VJCSB
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
VJCSB is made up of many fun, music-loving members who welcome anyone warmly. Even members who had no previous experience and were initially hesitant about joining band, were confident that with practice and help from the seniors, they would be able to learn quickly and gradually improve.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
Limelight 2017 at Esplanade Concert Hall was undoubtedly the highlight for many of us. For the majority, it was our first opportunity to play the many different pieces that we self-selected. Also, to play in front of a 1,500-strong audience was both a nerve-wrecking yet thrilling experience for us. To hear the deafening applause after each piece had been played, was the greatest reward after months of hard work.
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
- Certificate of Distinction at SYF 2017
- Limelight 2017
- VCA National Day Celebration performance at Stadium
- Celebrate! December at Esplanade Outdoor Theatre with Eunoia JC Symphonic Band
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
Contrary to your typical view of us as a group of nerdy, serious people, we are in fact a community of fun, sometimes eccentric, individuals who bond through music, late night dinners and daily banters. Check out our Instagram account, @vjcsb_ for a more intimate look into what goes on in the band room!
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
To those who are still unsure if you should continue your band journey in JC, VJCSB has a totally different culture to what you have experienced in secondary school. We are very easy-going and tolerant with mistakes. Joining VJCSB is sure to help you grow both as a person and a musician.
For those who are keen on starting a new journey with us, do not be intimidated, for anyone can start learning music. Feel free to approach any of our band members if you have any queries or for a more personal description of the band experience.
Eunice Gan Ghee Wu, 17S31
Chu Ying Jie Chloe, 17S46
Aida Natasha Bte Nor Azahar, 17S47