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JSDF Marching Festival 2017

JSDF Marching Festival 2017

JSDF Marching Festival 2017 took place at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo for three days from November 16th to 18th. The festival is the JSDF’s largest music event held annually around November as part of the JSDF Day commemoration. This year, United States Army Japan Band, and the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band participated in the Festival as guest bands. Additionally, the Royal Thai Air Force Band took part in this festival for the first time.

The theme of the Festival of this year is “One -Music Bonds One Heart-.” It represents all three forces of the JSDF, Japan and the world combining their powers and hearts to become one for the peace and stability.

The Festival consisted of three chapters including “Combine our Power,” “Combine our Hearts” and “Towards One Future.” Splendid harmony was delivered by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Central Band, the JMSDF Tokyo Band, the JASDF Central Band, the JGSDF Eastern and Western Army Bands and the guest bands. Along with the band performances, drill performance by the JGSDF 302nd Military Police Company, fancy drill by the National Defense Academy Guard of Honor, and taiko drum performance by JIEI-DAIKO (JSDF Japanese Drum Team) fascinated audiences with its unity and powerfulness.

In the finale, “Synchro BOM-BA-YE” and “Pomp and Circumstance” were performed by all the bands, and vocalists from all the bands sang “Ito (Thread)” together. All the participating bands played “Sekai ni hitotsudake no hana (The One and Only Flower in the World)” as they exit the hall and brought the marching festival to a closure.

Audiences left the venue, and they seemed to be totally fascinated and utterly impatient for the next year’s marching festival.

JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
JSDF Marching Festival 2017
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