SEPANG July 9 — Victoria Institution’s (VI) marching band has made Malaysia proud by emerging champion at the World Marching Band Championship in Modena, Italy on July 6.
The victory has made VI the first school in the country to come out top in an international marching band championship.
VI principal Azizah Othman said the band secured 1,052 points to defeat the defending champion from Holland which scored 1,039 points.
“With the victory, the VI marching band has brought home a trophy and a certificate,” she told reporters after their arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here today.
She said the VI band put up a remarkable performance, playing music including the “Puteri Gunung Ledang” movie soundtrack which awed the crowd and judges.
“The concept of the compositions itself was incomparable to that of the other bands in the championship,” she added. Azizah said besides the Dutch marching band, the VI band defeated four other top bands (three fom Italy and one from Ukraine) at the championship.
The VI band is among the top six marching bands in the world and the band was invited by the organiser to participate in the championship after it had passed the benchmark set by the organiser.
Azizah said the band comprised 93 students from Form One to Form Five and had undergone intensive training since January in preparation for the championship.
She said the band’s participation in the championship had been made possible with funding from the government and various private companies.