Symphony of sight and sound

BANDS ARE the pride of any school. The band display competition organised by the District Council for Child Welfare at the Durbar Hall grounds in Kochi on Thursday gave expression to this pride more than any other competitive event.

Though there were only four teams _ St. Antony's Higher Secondary School, Kacheripady, CCPLM Anglo-Indian High School, Perumanoor, Lady of Hope Anglo Indian High School, Vypeen, and St. Teresa's Higher Secondary School, Kochi _ all of them showed a good sense of discipline.

While two of the teams were made up of girls, the rest comprised boys. There were 20 members in each team performing for 20 minutes before a three-member judging panel. The band head constables of the city police, P.C. Bhasi, George Lopez and M.S. Sajeev, were the judges.

Apart from display, uniform, drums chord and the national anthem performance were given special attention. While the all-girls team from St. Teresa's chose red and cream uniform, St. Antony's girls donned white and navy blue dress. The uniforms of the other teams were in white, red and blue.

Apart from patriotic music, all bands played both English and Indian music with two circular bass, two euphoniums, eight trumpets, two bass drums, four kettle drums and a cymbal. There were formatios of flower, fan, zigzag, diamond, etc. Invariably, all of them ended with the national anthem.

The CCPLM school bagged the first prize of Rs. 10,000, St. Antony's got the second prize of Rs. 7,500 and St. Teresa's the third prize of Rs. 5,000. Master Rodrigues, who trained the students of CCPLM and Lady of Hope Anglo Indian High School, had another satiating season.

By Abdul Latheef Naha

Photo: Mahesh Harilal