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UCLA Drumline performs in Nagoya, Japan

July 20th, 2010 · 6 Comments

The UCLA Drumline performed in Nagoya, Japan at the 27th Annual Ekitopia Festival Parade in May 2010. Fourteen members of the twenty-eight member drumline traveled on the all expense paid trip that included a side trip to Kyoto. Funding for the trip came from the Ekitopia* Festival, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Student Opportunity Fund, and the UCLA Bruin Marching Band Fund. The Ekitopia Festival is held each year during Japan’s Golden Week, which includes the Emperor’s Birthday, Greenery Day, Showa Day, Constitution Memorial Day and Children’s Day.

Watch it in High Def!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-Tl565HIqc

(* Ekitopia is a word formed from the Japanese word for train station, “eki”, and “utopia.” The parade is one of several cultural events sponsored by merchants in downtown Nagoya located near the central train station.)

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Several members of the UCLA Bass drumline at a UCLA football game

Tags: Music education · Performance · Performance · Performers · School of Music

6 responses so far ↓

  • shaydrums // Aug 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    My first thought upon watching this great performance is that there are many stylistic parallels between what the UCLA Drumline was doing and traditional Japanese Taiko drumming. The choreography, vocalizing, and battle scene-evoking theatrics of the drumline must have spoken culturally in some way to the audience. Given this and the strength of the performance it is no surprise that the UCLA Drumline had such an attentive audience at the Ekitopia Festival.

  • behzat ? // Sep 7, 2010 at 6:33 am

    The choreography, vocalizing, and battle scene-evoking theatrics of the drumline must have spoken culturally in some way to the audience.

  • john123456 // Dec 2, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I miss being on the drumline during the football games. Good luck to the future years!

  • Alex // Dec 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    It’s really nice this performance. It has remembered me all of the popular bands in the spanish towns; without all your virtuosism 😉

  • Best Hand Tools // May 14, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Hats off to the performers! After watching the video I just had to smile. I’m sure the crowd was also wowed by the enthusiasm of these young musicians.

  • Golden Acacia // Jun 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    What an awesome live musical performance. The drum line has always been my favorite!

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