ISB hosted the annual Massed Band Festival, in September 2016, which involved a total of 6 international schools from Bangkok and beyond. This year our festival welcomed for the first time Chiang Mai International School, whose students are under the direction of Mr. Harvey Nicholson. We also welcomed first year director, Kristel Tretter, and her band students from International School Eastern Seaboard, near Chon Buri. These students, along with ISB, RIS, TCIS and ICS made up a band of over 175 students that performed many styles of music under the direction of guest conductor, Mr. Dusty Molyneaux, from Great Falls, Montana in the USA. Dusty has many years of band conducting/teaching experience that he shared with our students, and brought them quite far in just a couple of days of rehearsal. Dusty also visited the local schools during the week to work with individual bands on basic concepts of wind music. Here are some comments from students who participated in the band festival:
“My favorite part about performing in a mass band festival like this one is to see the end result. I think our effort that was put into the pieces paid off in the end and it was amazing to see how amazing we performed as a mass band.”
The festival culminated with a gala concert on Saturday afternoon. A wonderful audience was in attendance, and the students truly shined as they were able to play with confidence and musicality at a very high level.