Brass bands try to outplay each other in battle-A A +A
Saturday, February 16, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- They tried to beautifully outplay each other, but ended magnificently tied up in a battle of tunes.
This was the common consensus of the crowd who watched and listened to the Battle of the Brass Bands last Wednesday evening, as the City of San Fernando’s Magsilbi Tamu Brass Band 919 and guest Malabon City’s Banda Quatro filled the patio of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
The serenata cum “musical duel” was part of the culminating activities of Kaganapan 2013 or the 12th Cityhood Anniversary of San Fernando, a tradition that brings popular musical versions to Fernandinos and Kapampangans, that night led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, City Administrator Ferdinand Caylao, Association of Barangay Captains president Arnel Sicat and Kaganapan 2013 co-chairman Angelo David.
“They played so well you can’t really tell who won the battle of batons and the bands,” quipped Caylao.
The audience and patrons of brass band music stayed glued to their seats until near midnight as the battle reached its peak.
City Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan said that Fernandinos could expect more of the brass bands next year. (Jovi T. De Leon)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 17, 2013.