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Friday, July 10, 2009

V.I. School Band is World's Best

News taken from NST.

Victoria Institution's cadet corps band proved that it was the best in the world when it clinched the grand prize at the World Band Challenge 2009 in Modena, Italy. With the theme "Volcano", the band, comprising 90 members from Forms One to Lower Six, beat the defending champion from Holland on July 6 to win a trophy and an appreciation certificate.

VI headmistress Azizah Othman said the victory was made sweeter by the fact that the school was celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

"The win is the biggest prize for the school.

"The sweat, tears and sacrifice since January have been worth it.

"I think this will also be an impetus for all students to work hard towards victory in other competitions," she said at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday.

The band was welcomed home by some 50 VI Supporters Club members and parents.

Azizah said the band scored 1,052 points.

This gave it a narrow 13-point lead over its Dutch rival which scored 1,039 points.

"The song selection, which is from the Puteri Gunung Ledang movie and theatre performance obviously gave us an edge and additional points," she said.

"The Dutch team only managed to give a typical band performance," she added.

Viva Victoria!