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Music Exams

Three BBJ quintets were examined by officials from the London-based Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) in Medan on Sept 5. Two brass quintets were examined in the intermediate category and one in the primary category. All passed. Read about it here. 

Performance at Sun Plaza

On Indonesia's Independence Day, August 17, 2014 BBJ gave a special performance at Medan's Sun Plaza.

North Sumatra Music Camp

BBJ members attended a special music camp in Brastagi organised by the Salvation Army's North Sumatra division from July 29 to August 3, 2014. Apart from about 60 brass players, there were also 20 choir members and about 10 others learning to play the timbrel. Read about it here.

BBJ Cirebon tour

In December 2013 BBJ travelled to Cirebon in Java to participate in the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Salvation Army's work in the city. 

BBJ sends band trainer to Bekasi

BBJ sent band trainer Ganda Sinaga to Bekasi corps to help establish a Salvation Army band in this satellite city of Jakarta in early December 2013. The move came only a few months after BBJ sent two band trainers to Surabaya in July 2013. 

Second hand instruments were provided from Singapore on loan. Should the project be successful, these will then be donated. 

BBJ tuba player Lasnointer Marbun is already in the process of establishing an SA band in Yogyakarta. Read about it here.  

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  • The Medan band (BBJ) is a brass band based on a Boys Home run by the Salvation Army in Medan (North Sumatra, Indonesia). I founded this band back in 1987 and it is still functioning. Currently (August 2012) there are about 24 active members. Read More

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BBJ ensembles face music exams

BBJ ensemble exam 2014

There was a mad scramble on the morning of the exam when band librarian Yunus Marbun realised that he could not find the original copies of the music for the primary group to present to the examiner.

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Salvation Army band in Yogya

Yogya Band

Yogyakarta (Yogya), long renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture, now has a Salvation Army band!

The 13-member ensemble is being taught by BBJ tuba player Lasnointer Marbun.

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First Ever Music Camp

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The major event for BBJ in 2014 was the first ever music camp organised by the Salvation Army's North Sumatra division.

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New Junior Band Members

Two young boys - 12-year-old Andreas and 11-year-old Maijen - have become the latest members of BBJ's junior band.

Read more: New Junior Band Members