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December, 19, 2024
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM




International Concert Band


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Tomoki Ubata

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Performer Bio Synopsis

Inagakuen Sogo (Inagakuen Comprehensive High School) is a large public school, established in 1984, located in Ina, Saitama, approximately an hour north of Tokyo. It is co-ed with a board-based liberal arts curriculum focused on international relations and business, offering 190 classes for students to select from, including French, German, Chinese, and English. Inagakuen Sogo High School values each student’s individuality and encourages individual learning and teaching to help them become responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world. The Inagakuen Wind Orchestra, established with the school’s founding, earned 16 Gold ratings during their 23 successive appearances at the national final All Japan Band Competition and received numerous prizes at the All Japan Ensemble Contest and All Japan Marching Contest. The wind orchestra has also appeared in TV programs. In 1998, the wind orchestra won “Highest Honors” awards at music festivals in Schladming, Austria, and Saas Fee, Switzerland. At the 27th Vienna International Youth Music Festival, it has placed first in the wind band division and was awarded the Vienna Grand Prix, and in recognition of its achievement, it received a commendation from the Governor of Saitama State. The band was awarded the Grand Prix at the 15th Pacific Rim Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2000. In January 2003, they gave a one-week concert tour in Florida as a guest ensemble for the FMEA All-State Convention, repeated in 2006 and 2018 due to their overwhelming success. Inagakuen Wind Orchestra presents numerous concerts throughout the year and has performed for audiences of more than 20,000 in one year. The 200-member club (including the school’s junior high school section) ambitiously works under the wise motto “Let’s Play Music.”

Inagakuen Sogo High School Wind Orchestra

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