CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Exactly two days before Christmas, the country’s known oldest brand band came marching along Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city to bring Yuletide cheers and joy to customers of Ford Pampanga, Carworld Pampanga, Kia Pampanga, motorists and pedestrians as well.
The nearly 100-member renowned Zabat Brass Band from Gapan City in Nueva Ecija, played and exhibited their style and music in front of the LausAutoGroup showrooms and at the Jose Abad Santos Avenue pedestrian overpass, upon the initiative of Laus Group of Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus.
“We came here upon the invitation of Mr. Laus who is my colleague in the Rotary and Jaycees. We did not have second thoughts of coming here as we know that he and Kapampangans are lovers of brass band music,” said Zabat Brass Band leader Eddie Zabat.
The Zabat Brass Band, he said, was organized in 1820 by Spanish friars.
“The 80 to 100 members of the band now are already descendants of the Zabat family which started with the group in 1820 after it was organized by Spanish friars in Gapan, Nueva Ecija. Our descendants are generations of brass band music players who start playing instruments as early as eight years old,” added Zabat.
It has been a tradition of the family and the brass band, he furthered, to spread joy and cheers during Christmas and special occasions.
“Ito ang aming paraan na namana pa namin sa aming mga ninuno na magbigay kasiyahan sa mga tao tuwing Pasko kaya masaya kami na dalhin ang Zabat Brass Band sa mga Kapampangan,” concluded Zabat. (JTD)