Mashiki Junior High marching band earns bronze

“The 25th Japan Marching Contest” was held at Osaka Castle Hall in Chuo Ward of Osaka City on Nov. 18.

25 groups from all Japan entered the junior high school division, and were judged on their performance technique and powers of expression.

Mashiki Junior High School from Ginowan that entered the contest as the Kyushu subdivision representative won a bronze medal in the contest.

That marked the ninth time the school participated in the contest and the second consecutive year.

The band performed two songs on the theme “America” including a program called “SOUSA!” that consisted of arranged marching melodies composed by John Philip Sousa. The judges said that the band showed a good combination line, and joyful expression while adopting rhythmical steps.