West Winds performance at the WASBE 2005 international Conference is featured in NAC’s Annual report. See Page 4 of the link.
Maj Tng Liat Peng started his music education at the age of ten under the tutelage of Mr. Lee Tuck Fah. While pursuing his education, he was named the Best Boy Cadet of the year 1985 and was awarded a music scholarship in 1987 for his contribution in the Singapore Polytechnic Concert Band.
In 1990, Maj Tng won another scholarship, this time to study at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall in London. In 1993, he graduated with several accolades which include the first prize in the ‘Fanfare Award’, the ‘Fred Mortimer Memorial Competition’; second prize in the ‘Besson Cup and Medal’, the ‘Sommerville Prize’ and was awarded the ‘Graham Wallace Award’ for being the best Overseas Student Bandmaster of the year.
An adjudicator for the SYF Indoor and Outdoor Competitions, Maj Tng is presently the Senior Director of Music, Singapore Armed Forces Bands.
Are you an amateur or semi-professional musician who enjoys playing challenging band literature?
Since its inception in 1993, WW has established itself as a haven for reasonably skilled amateur musicians in Singapore who wants to play original band repertoire and orchestral transcriptions, rather than the light pops selections. Then WW is the place to be!
In its short history, WW has earned her local reputation for her willingness to attempt all types of music.
Membership into the Band is subjected to an audition / interview. The purpose of this audition is due to the limited number of instruments available in West Winds. Successful candidates will get to use top model instruments. Do feel free to call or write in and enquire.
Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org . Include your name, your instrument and contact number.
The Band gets to perform frequently outdoors. Past venues of performance include Sentosa, World Trade Centre Amphitheatre, and Marina Square Shopping Centre. The Band also took part in the 1995 Singapore Arts Festival Fringe. The Band recently performed at Riverside Point Shopping Centre as part of its promotional activities and at the Singapore Press Holdings / Lianhe Zaobao carnival.
The Band also recently performed for the Opening Ceremony of the Fort Canning Country Club, in which prominent guests attended.
West Winds also supports grassroots activities at the Bukit Batok Constituency. The Band performed at the World War II Memorial Revealing Ceremony held at the Bukit Batok Hill in 1995, and it has always been the Band-in-Attendance at the community’s annual events such as the Bukit Batok Town Council Day, Resident’s Day, National Day Dinner as well as the CC’s Christmas Cheer concert.
The Band has also held two annual programme concerts – “West Winds in Concert ’95” and “West Winds in Concert ’96” – of which both were sold out and the band received an overwhelming response from the audience.
Probably the Band’s most significant achievement to date will be the attaining of the GOLD medal award at the 1st International Youth Music Festival, organised by World Projects Corporation and was held in Singapore in August 1996. The Band competed against several other foreign entries from Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong and received many favourable comments from the panel of world renowned judges.
During the formation of the band, it was then the first and only community band located on the western side of Singapore. That is how the band got its name, West Winds.
West Winds was formed with the support of the People’s Association & the Bukit Batok Community Club in 1993 for amateur musicians, who would like to continue pursuing their interest in band music after graduating from their educational institutions. Its members come from all walks of life and they include full-time national servicemen, young executives, engineers, managers as well as students. They come from all over Singapore, some as far as Hougang, Tampines and Pasir Ris. Members’ age ranges from about 16 – 31, all bonded together by the common love for music. Currently, the Band has a strength of about 60 members.
The Band practices on every Saturday evening and will increase practice on Sunday afternoon whenever there is any major project coming. Members often have to make sacrifices on weekends for practices.
It is one of West Winds’ objective to promote culture awareness by bringing wind music to wherever the Band performs. Over the years, it has become a place where music lovers gather and many good acquaintances were made.