JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.59

SDF Marching Festival 2014

SDF Marching Festival 2014
1. Defense Minister Eto / 2. Australian Army Band / 3. U.S. ⅢMEF Band / 4. Joint Performance by Japan and the U.S.
5. GSDF Central Band and 302nd MP Company / 6. Philippine MDBC / 7. SDF Taiko Drum Performance / 8. USARJ Band

With energetic music and mellow songs echoing throughout autumn-colored Tokyo, the SDF Marching Festival took place at the Nippon Budokan hall for three days from November 13th to 15th. The festival is the SDF’s largest music event held annually around November as part of the SDF Day commemoration. The festival this year has been especially memorable with the theme “MOVE ON,” for the year of 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the MOD/SDF establishment as well as the milestone 50th celebration of the marching festival.

Splendid harmony was delivered by the GSDF Central Band, the MSDF Tokyo Band, the ASDF Central Band, and the GSDF Northern and Eastern Army Bands as well as special guest bands from the U.S. Army Japan, the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, the Australian Army, and the Philippine Marine Corps who took part in the festival for the first time this year. Along with the band performances, honor guard display by the GSDF 302nd Military Police Company, fancy drill by the National Defense Academy, and taiko drum performance by the SDF Japanese Drum Teams fascinated audiences with its unity and powerfulness.

The event culminated when “RESTART,” a charity song for the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, was sung by all the bands and audiences at hall as one. Audiences left the venue, totally fascinated and utterly impatient for the next year’s marching festival.

SDF Marching Festival 2014

To see videos of the 2014 SDF Marching Festival, head to the
GSDF YouTube channel!
*Please note that not all the performances are available.

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