Tamana Girls Visit TCA
June 22, 2012
The Tamana All Girls High School Band performed forTCA on June 14 as part of our continuing CSR initiative. One of the goals of CSR is to support the culture and the arts. The Tamana Girls cooperate as part of an exchange program involving both Tamana Girls and the Graham-Kapowsin High School ensemble, a school near TCA. TCA is a longtime supporter of the Bethel School district. Toray Composites America planned the event with both Graham-Kapowsin and Tamana, taking nearly six months of preparation.
Since their inception they’ve played with big bands in Iowa, and competed in the All Japan Brass Competition twice, the All Japan Ensemble Competition three times, and the All Japan Marching Competition twelve times. The Tamana Girls enjoy tumultuous appreciation in Japan: annually filling the seats of Kumamoto Prefecture Hall, the largest concert hall in Kumamoto Prefecture, beyond capacity. Kumamoto Prefecture is located on the western side of the Kyushu, a southern Japanese island. Their popularity brought them stateside to the Glen Miller Festival in 1990. Since then, the Tamana Girls have served as cultural ambassadors with musical diplomacy.
The ensemble performed before TCA Associates during lunch. Edwin Powell, music director from nearby Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), acted as guest conductor for Tsunami tribute: The Sun Will Rise. The Tamana Girls played five songs, ranging from American Jazz Artist Glenn Miller, to Japanese symphonies.
After the performances, the Tamana Girls were escorted to an off-site lunch we had prepared for them. We presented a donation to the Bethel School District. At the lunch, TCA were given two awards by the Bethel School District for our continued support of the partnership between the Tamana Girls and Graham-Kapowsin.
The Tamana Girls ended their tour at PLU later that evening. The Graham-Kapowsin band joined the performance playing pieces both with, and without, the Tamana Girls. The band’s repertoire included music from the two band’s own music. It was great to see two bands from the opposite sides of the Earth work together.