If you happened to be at the Miri Airport today at about 11am, you would have witnessed the triumphant return of The SMK Chung Hua Brass Band from Spain. It is a scene that arouses feelings of nationalism and great pride. The uninformed would be excused for thinking that some top brass VIP is in town…hmmm, maybe Prime Minister Najib.
SMK Chung Hua Brass Band achieved the impossible in Spain. I guess impossible is not in the vocabulary of the band members. They just performed in the best spirit of Malaysia Boleh. They won the Golden Hercules Award, the best brass band in the 2009 International Murcia Spring Festival held in Murcia in southern Spain on April 19. They also won the the subsidiary award for the Most Popular Band among the 60 brass bands from all over the world taking part in the competition. Miri is one of the smallest ( if not THE smallest ) cities in Malaysia and to be able to produce such a world class band is really astonishing. Congratulations!
The band comprising of 75 musicians is led by band major Chin Ga Li and drum major Terence Ling, together with former band and drum majors Rex Lo and Kho Tad Juin respectively, and their Japanese coach and chief conductor Mitsuo Nonami.
The airport was thronged with students of SMK Chung Hua. The reporters were out in full force. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, was there. Tan Sri Datuk Paduka Dr Ting Pek Khiing and his wife Dato Pakuka Chai were beaming with the biggest of smiles, reminding me of Smiley. A lot of local dignitaries mingled with the crowd.
Yes, SMK Chung Hua boleh! Miri boleh! Sarawak boleh! Malaysia boleh!