Pattaya student bands march to local glory, French concert invite

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Two Pattaya school marching bands will perform in Paris and Germany this summer after winning a national music competition last month.

The two teams, which mix students from Pattaya’s 11 public schools, were invited to perform on French National Day at the July 2-4 “Carnaval Tropical de Paris” festival to welcome the Thai ambassador to France.

The Pattaya school marching band gives an award winning performance.The Pattaya school marching band gives an award winning performance.

The performance will serve as a warm up to the superstar bands’ appearance at the Rasteder Musiktage International Open July 7-10. The German show is an official qualifying competition for entry into the 2012 and 2013 World Association of Marching Show Bands World Championships to be held in January.

The French invite came after the students collected honors at the May 13-14 True Visions-Yamaha All Thailand Marching Band Competition. Pattaya’s elementary school band won first place and 200,000 baht from Siam Music Yamaha Co. while the older students also took first and 250,000 baht.

Marching band members cheer for their success.Marching band members cheer for their success.

At a May 23 press conference, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome called the bands’ accomplishments historic for the city.  Pattaya will donate new uniforms and arrange transport, meals and accommodations for the two squads.