By Dinesh K
Budding musicians from the Poi Lam military band rocked the stage of the Perak State Secretariat hall recently with their concert entitled, “Team of Passion”. The 34-student ensemble thrilled the crowd with a stellar performance under the guidance of conductors, Lau Meng Yong and Lester Lim from Singapore. Principal Chan Weng Keong recounted the history and development of the band in his opening address and remarked that the show was aimed at raising funds to replace the band’s old instruments and uniforms. Concert advisor, Anne Leong, revealed that RM60,000 had been collected exceeding the target by RM10,000. She took the opportunity to thank donors, sponsors and well-wishers for their generosity. Band members had been practising for about six months while preparations for the concert began three months ago. The band is adept at playing both classic and modern numbers. Other performances that had the crowd humming and tapping along were a piano recital by pianist prodigy, Joshua Ng, an upbeat love number by student Wong Wai Shan and some dance routines by students of the school.