2011/2012 Green Band from Japan

Notes

  • Meeting Nov. 2, 2011 at Kennedy.  See Updates at the bottom of this post.

Introduction to the Green Band Association

The Green Band Association has been bringing bands from Japan to participate in concerts and the Rose Parade since 1998.  These bands are either high school bands or honor bands consisting of students from high schools and colleges.

The Green Band Association is seeking host families to house the students for a limited number of days around the New Year.  Families who have hosted in the past have enjoyed getting to make some new friends, listening to the Green Band’s music, and participating in the Green Band’s contribution to disaster relief.  There are currently only 8 of the 133 students still in need of housing, so sign up quickly if you wish to participate.

Kennedy High School is the primary contact school for the Green Band Association.  Families from El Dorado and Esperanza bands have been participating in the Green Band adventure along side of Kennedy for several years.  Green Band information can be found on the Kennedy website here.

The following sections contain letters and forms providing information about the current Green Band, and how you may become part of their adventure, either through hosting a student, attending a benefit concert, or just cheering for them as they march by in the Rose Parade!

Contacts

Primary Contact: Emiko Christensen with Green Band Association, emiko@green-band.org

Secondary Contact: Henri Soucy with Kennedy Band Boosters, 

Introduction Letter

The Green Band Association is sponsoring a band to participate in the 2012 Rose Parade. This band will be the Tachibana High School Green Band from Kyoto, Japan. The band will consist of approximately 140 performers. In addition to the Rose Parade performance on January 2, the band will also be performing at the Bandfest at Pasadena City College on December 31. Also, the band will culminate its visit to Southern California in a performance on January 3 in a Green Band Festival, which we intend to be a fund-raising performance to provide charitable donations toward helping victims of disasters. In past years the Green Band Festival has provided donations to worthy causes such as victims of wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters that have affected music programs and students in the local areas. This year the band intends to dedicate their performance to the victims of the Northern Japan earthquake and tsunami and the victims of the 2011 tornadoes in the U.S. midwest.

Another focus of the Green Band program is to foster music-based international student exchange through a home-stay program while the band is visiting the U.S. The dates we hope to provide home stay opportunities for the band are December 30-31 and January 2 for a total of three nights. They will stay in hotels the night of January 1 to facilitate their performance in the Rose Parade on January 2.

Hosting schools are given a stipend, estimated at a total of around $75 per performer hosted by the school. Families not affiliated with the hosting schools may receive this stipend directly. Because of the relationships established with their hosted students, families who have participated in this program in the past have generally expressed a desire to repeat the experience again.

We hope you will be able to participate with us in this year’s event. I will be available to discuss this opportunity and any questions you may have regarding the program.

Best Regards,
Green Band Association
Emiko Christensen
US Program Director
760-245-1180 (home), 760-780-8838 (cell) emiko@green-band.org

Letter to Potential Host Families

Dear last year’s family,

Time is passing so fast, and we are preparing for our next group coming this December. I am forwarding you information on this year’s group, including a tentative schedule and a form to complete. You may have heard that we will be hosting the Tachibana High School marching band, who will be performing in the Rose Parade on January 2. Just a couple of weeks ago they experienced a fire in their band room that destroyed some of their instruments and damaged their music and uniforms, but they are determined to not let that prevent them from having a successful trip, and they are excited to be coming. Because they are all from the same school, they have spent a lot of time practicing together in preparation for the trip, in contrast to the honor band last year that had not spent much time as a combined group.

We are having Host family orientation on Nov. 16th at Kennedy High School Band room at 6:30 pm. We hope you might be interested in hosting students again this year, so if you can get involved please let me know. I would appreciate knowing by the end of this month if you want to participate, and earlier if possible. This year we only have seven boys in the band, and they are already taken, so we only have girls to place. If you are planning to host, I need your family information form again, and feel free to fill it in using your word processor and send it back by e-mail or bring it with you to the orientation meeting. We look forward to seeing you again, and even though you were with us before you should find it worthwhile to attend the orientation meeting. We hope to see you there.

Please give me a call or send me a note if you have any questions about this year, or if I can help you in any way.

Sincerely,
Emiko Christensen
760-780-8838

Schedule

Click here to download and view the host family schedule.

In addition to the above downloadable schedule, the Green Band will also be performing on the following dates:

  • 12/27/2011 – Afternoon parade at Disneyland
  • 12/29/2011 – Evening parade at Disneyland
  • 12/31/2011 – Morning bandfest performance at FCC

Host Family Information Form

If you are interested in hosting a Green Band student, please fill out the following form.  It is available in both Microsoft Word and PDF format to accommodate various users.

Click here to download the form in read-only pdf format.  (Good for mail-in or if you don’t have MS Word.)

Click here to download the form in Microsoft Word editable format.  (Good for email-in or if you have MS Word.)

Green Band Details

Kyoto Tachibana High School Wind Instrument Music Department, organized in 1961, is one of Japan’s oldest female marching bands. The band has participated in many activities both in and out of Japan, and I strongly recommend it to represent Japan by performing in the Rose Parade.

Kyoto Tachibana High School is now a coed school, but from its beginning as an all-girl marching band, it is widely known throughout Japan for its pliant charm and cheerful parade style, that still can be best expressed by female performers. Their marching style includes a continuous dance-style movement unique to their group.

Using a unique marching style taken from the essence of dance, this band has received on multiple occasions the gold medal, the highest level awarded, at the All-Japan Band Festival, the supreme marching band contest held in Japan. During each of the last three years of the All-Japan Marching Band Competition, a very prestigious competition that begins with 1000 teams, the Kyoto Tachibana High School has been selected as one of the four final teams.

In summary, the Kyoto Tachibana High School Wind Instrument Music Department brings together a high level of entertainment and performance technique.

Update (Nov. 2, 2011)

Host Families,

We are down to 8 of the 133 students to place with host families from the Tachibana High School in Kyoto, Japan. If you can take additional students or have a friend or relative that you think would like to host, please let us know. I have attached an Green Band Information form. Thank you so much.

There will actually be something very exciting announced at our Kennedy Booster Meeting tonight in regards to Kennedy High School and Tachibana High School. Stay tuned.

Henri

Henri can be contacted at:

Henri Soucy, c/o Kennedy Band Boosters, P.O. Box 539, Cypress, CA  90630-0539.
(714) 281-29117

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