Fodens Baritone Player in Japan

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 20 August 2010

The first Japanese ‘Brass Band Camp’ was recently held in Mahatmas (BBCH)’ on the weekend of 13th to 15th August. The organisers of BBCH Atsuhiko Okamoto and Toshiaki Kameyama are also founders of Hamamatsu Brass Band, which was formed in 2004. Atsuhikocame to the UK to study with Prof. David King when he was younger and used to be principal cornet of ‘Breeze Brass Band’ from Osaka. Toshiaki worked for Yamaha and now makes custom made mouthpieces for well-known players from all over the world such as Hans Gansch.

Prof David King has appeared as a guest soloist/conductor with Hamamatsu Brass Band for the past two years and will make a welcomed return in November. It was David’s idea to hold a Japanese Summer School. 

Philip Harper and Foden’s Baritone player Natsumi Inaba were heavily involved in BBCH with 70 participants from 16 different brass bands nationwide who enjoyed British style rehearsals with Philip and playing from Natsumi. 
The camp included Massed band rehearsals with Atsuhiko and Philip, Massed band concerts conducted by Philip, solo concerts by Atuhiko Okamoto, Masayo Umino, Takahiro Oshio and Natsumi Inaba and various ensembles.
BBCH also held a solo competition that was won by 15-year-old cornet player Shiho Takeda from Suzie Youth Brass Band, who played ‘Willow Echoes.’ Shiho will now receive an invitation to participate in Ern Keller International Soloist of the Year 2011.
The history of the Japanese Brass Band only goes back to 1972 and BBCH has helped the movement in its progression and recognition.
The organisers are pleased to announce that 2nd BBCH will be held on 12th, 13th and 14th August 2011.
For any conductor and every audience, Foden’s Band is a musical Magic Carpet. It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach Howard Snell