The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band was established in June 1951 under the auspices of the National Police Reserve, forerunner to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and has been performing ever since. Throughout the last 60 years, it has remained one of Japan’s best-known wind ensembles.
The Central Band’s main activities include regular concerts in the Tokyo metropolitan area, chamber music concerts, national tour concerts or promenade concerts in business districts. It also appears at a wide range of events such as joint concerts with Bands from the Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces, the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival held in the Nippon Budokan arena, or school concerts. The Central Band also instructs members of the other Ground Self-Defense Force bands all over the country.
As reporting directly to the Minister of Defense, the Central Band often takes part in performances to welcome state guest and official visitors and at national events; recently the Band performed an elaborate fanfare and other compositions at a well-attended event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the current Emperor of Japan’s ascension to the throne.
The Central Band has participated in international military tattoo in Korea in 2002,2004 and 2011 in Washington DC and concerts at West Point hosted by U.S.Military Academy Band in 2012.
Japan Tubists of the GSDFCB attended at Midwest Clinic in 2011 and Japan Saxophone Quartet in 2013 and developed a reputation. The Central Band also participates in projects such as “Kyo-en-Prosperous Future for Band into the 21st Century” and The Japan Band Clinic. For these promotional activities, in April 2008 the band was awarded the 18th Academy Award of Band Performance by the Japan Musical Education and Culture Promotion Society. In addition, in 2009 Col Takeda and The Central Band were awarded the prestigious Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in the USA.
Oizumigakuen-cho Nerima-ku Tokyo 178-8501 Japan
TEL 048-460-1711 （Ex.3678)