Soka Renaissance Vanguard Wins National Competition
From December 18-19, five Soka Gakkai drum and bugle corps participated in the 38th All-Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Contest, sponsored by the Japan Marching Band & Baton Twirling Association at the Saitama Super Arena. The Soka Renaissance Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps won the Prime Minister's Cup (top honors) in the general marching band category for the tenth time, while the Fuji Fife and Drum Corps' Soka Gran Esperanza Flag Corps won the gold award in the color guard category for the seventh consecutive year. Other Soka Gakkai drum and bugle corps that participated in the competition included the Soka Chubu First Stars and the Soka Wakayama Blue Eagles.
[Adapted from an article in the December 20, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]