HSNU Wind Band
The history of the HSNU Wind Band (HSNUWB*) traces its origins back to the 1960s when the ensemble, initially resembling more of a drum corps than a traditional concert band, dutifully served both the educational institution and the nation. The band actively participated in various international events, including ceremonies held at the Presidential Palace.
In the year 2003, HSNUWB received an esteemed invitation to serve as an overseas guest at the All Japan High School Wind Band Conference held in Hamamatsu, Japan. Subsequently, the ensemble further distinguished itself by participating in the Miyazaki International Street Music Festival in Miyazaki, Japan, during the years 2014 and 2019.
HSNU Alumni Windband
In 1993, alumni of the High School of Normal University (HSNU) established the Alumni Wind Band (HSNUAWB) with the overarching objective of perpetuating our musical pursuits. Initiating its annual concert series, "Back to the Stage," in consecutive summers following the band's reformation in 1999, the ensemble has evolved into a diverse collective exceeding one hundred members, spanning generations from teens to individuals in their sixties, all sharing the common distinction of having graduated from HSNU.
Bearing pride in our historical legacy and the interconnectedness among members, the HSNUAWB, through an extensive repertoire ranging from classical transcriptions to contemporary compositions, as well as Taiwan premieres and concertos performed by alumni virtuosos, is committed to advancing the appreciation of wind band music in Taiwan. Our aspiration is to achieve excellence within the realm of the amateur concert band.
Over the past two decades, the band has introduced several Taiwan premieres, showcasing works by esteemed composers such as Johan de Meij, Nigel Hess, Ferrer Ferran, Timo Forsström, Øyvind Mod, and Antón Alcalde. Embracing a wide spectrum of instruments within the concert band, including Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, and Percussion, we have also extended invitations to alumni violists, expanding the richness of our musical tapestry.
In accordance with the Standards of the Taipei City Performing Arts Administration, the HSNU Alumni Wind Band (HSNUAWB) attained registration as a Non-Profit Performing Group in Taipei City, Taiwan, as of December 2005. Recognized as an eligible cultural institution under Article 11 of the Income Tax Act in Taiwan, we proudly offer the benefit of tax deductibility for your generous donations, substantiated by an official receipt.
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