21st April saw UCSI University’s biannual Modern Band Concert organized by students of the Modern Band Ensemble (MBE) class under the Institute of Music. The evening’s performance saw renditions of popular songs by the likes of Radiohead, Shakatak and the Eurhythmics among others. Admission, like many other events organized by the university, was free.
Set in the university’s very own recital hall, the event was run by students and lecturers in charge of leading the Modern Band Ensemble class. Students are assigned their respective bands and get to decide on their own respective repertoire based on feedback and advice from their instructors. Come concert time, the students themselves will be running the show. Everything from publicity, multimedia and technical aspects are handled by the students themselves with guidance from the lecturers.
At the end of every semester, lecturers will decide (after much deliberation) the list of bands and the songs that will be presented. Indeed, this last concert didn’t disappoint. Brief though it was, a variety of music was performed; from funky, bass driven numbers to more abstract, spacey pieces and even a traditional Irish jig, the crowd greeted each performing band with much enthusiasm. It was safe to say that this event, like many others organized here at the university, was a success.
This article was written by Glenn Tan, 3rd year student of the B. Music Contemporary program.