Posted on 28-Jun-2014
June 12th, 2014
I remembered as I was a young private who went for the National Pesta 2012 at Johor. I was so amazed at the band performances that were held that time. I jealously thought to myself, “ I’d wish to have a band in our company.” Not long after, my wish came true! It was at Boot Camp 2013 that our company introduced the drumline to us, and without doubt some of my enthusiastic friends and I signed up for it. It was a decision that has changed my life as a BB Member.
Around July, our drums have finally arrived! But even then we couldn’t use those drums because they were yet to be tuned. We continued our practices with our regular equipment, hoping for the time we could finally make use of our instruments. Around August, our instructor Mr. Helmi had to part away from us to continue his studies overseas. At that time we had no instructor to teach us and drumline practices were suspended temporarily. Luckily around September, Mr. Helmi managed to get one of his friends to help to coach us, and that person was to be our new instructor Mr. Haziq. Under the supervision of Mr. Andrew, who has joined the school in June last year, we decided to call back our practice session on every Friday. That time Mr Haziq was just our part time instructor. Even then, practices were still going on and off because Mr. Haziq was not always free on Fridays. We wanted to change our practice time to Saturday after BB parade, but that gave a problem too as many members were not free at that time. The end result was that we had very little practices and some members dropped out.In year 2014, things had changed. Those members who have dropped out have been replaced with newer Recruits and Mr. Haziq is now a full time teacher at our school. That means there won’t be any problems regarding his attendance. Also with the new coming of our new Lieutenant, Mr. Andrew Tan, who is also now the officer in-charge for drumline, we reformed and continued to have our practices every Saturday parade. We also were finally able to use our instruments. I was hoping that I would be a snare drummer, instead I was assigned to use the tenor. But to my surprise I have grown fond using it and I’m glad that I didn’t complain much about it.
For our second performance, we were called up to perform for our Annual Concert, in which the theme for this year was “Mulan”. We were informed that indeed we will be using Chinese drums as it matched the theme. I was very excited as I have never handled a Chinese drum before. We had about a month to master all the strokes and beats, and in no time we had perfected it. But as we all know nothing comes easy, we had bigger challenges that tested all of us.
After mastering the song we were given, the teachers in charge of concert decided to change the song into an another one. We were getting frustrated as we were only informed 2 weeks before concert. On top of that, our Chinese drums have yet to be handed over to us as we are borrowing it from another school. I sulked and complained that we weren’t given priority and importance in this concert. For about 2 weeks we had to use tables as replacement for our drums when we had our practice. Trust me; it was not as fun as you think it was. But thank God that in the end we mastered the new song and we had our Chinese drums just few days before concert. When we tried on playing the Chinese drums it was pretty much different from our usual drums, and it was definitely louder. It took us some time to get used to it but we got the hang of it. It took easily 5 times more of our strength to hit the drum, and it was very tiring especially after full rehearsal.
As we, drumline members know without hardship there is no success, even though we went through hard times, we are all still enthusiastic about drumline and I hope that we will still stay the same. What I have learnt in drumline is that to be patient and don’t give up when we face challenges, as the saying goes “Good things come to those who wait”. As more members join in we are hoping that one day we would be able to form a Brass Band and finally perform during Pesta 2016 at Selangor.
That is our dream, our 12th KL Drumline Team dream. There is more I could write about my experience as a Drumline player, but I think this will be it for now. It has been a wonderful experience with the team and I am definitely not ashamed to say “I am part of our drumline Team!”