Yamaha Symphonic Band
Formed in 1961, the Yamaha Symphonic Band is made up from members from every division in the Yamaha Corporation, ranging from those involved with wind instrument manufacture right through to designers of electronic instruments and audio-visual products.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, members gather in the band’s own rehearsal room, for practices which last from 7 to 9:30pm. The main activities of the band include the annual ‘pops’ concert as well as the band’s yearly concert. Each year, the band commissions a new piece which it adds to its repertoire, now standing at approximately 50 specially commissioned symphonic band pieces.
Over the years the Yamaha Symphonic Band has taken a number of accolades and has consistently won the gold medal at the “All Japan Symphonic Band Contest”, Japan’s premier Symphonic Band competition. To date, the band has collected 28 medals across all divisions of the contest.
In recent years, the Yamaha Symphonic Band welcomed internationally renowned saxophonist Nobuya Sugawa as resident conductor, and the band is currently working to expand its activities for the future.