SGI-Korea and SGI-Taiwan Fife-and-Drum Corps Participate in International Festivals
The Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, SGI-Korea's young women's band, was one of 13 groups from ten countries invited to perform at the 7th annual Gangneung International Junior Art Festival in Gangneung City, Gangwon Province, South Korea. The festival, held this year from August 2-5, 2008, was initiated seven years ago and brings together young musicians and dancers from throughout the world to foster intercultural understanding. The 60-member Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps played "March Toward the 21st Century" in a Gangneung City parade that launched the festival and performed at the festival's opening show. The SGI-Korea band has been invited to participate in the event for five consecutive years.
One week prior, on July 26, the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) young women's Angel Fife-and-Drum Corps joined more than 100 musical groups and marching bands in the 15th Asia Pacific Music Festival parade in Tainan County, Taiwan, at the invitation of Tainan County. TSA's 80-strong contingent performed lively renditions that included "Over the Rainbow" and "Peace Procession" to dynamically-choreographed formations. Formed in 1977, the Angel Fife-and-Drum Corps is frequently invited to participate in national and local events throughout Taiwan.
[Adapted from articles in the August 12, 2008 issue of Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA), and the August 20, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; Angel Fife-and-Drum Corps photo courtesy of TSA]