UNS – Marching Band (MB) of University of Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta won the 2nd place in the Grand Prix Marching Band (GPMB) National Championship XXXV in 2019 which was held at Istora Senayan (12/28-29/2019). As the 2nd champion, UNS MB brought home a perpetual trophy of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia and Rp20 million in cash.

A total of 7 trophies were awarded to UNS MB and those took them to become the 2nd champion. The seven trophies were the 1st winner for Pit Instrument, the runner-up for Color Guard Ensemble, the 3rd champion for Color Guard Technique, the 2nd for Best Show and Performance, the 1st place for Music Ensemble, the 3rd winner for Brass Technique, and 3rd winner for Visual Ensemble.

In the XXXPM GPMB, UNS MB competed with 11 MBs in Indonesia. By carrying out the concept of Farmer, UNS MB depicted village and ricefield area in their performance since those are the Indonesian local wisdom as an agrarian country. The concept was not only illustrated on their arrangement but also on their properties such as huts, scarecrows, hoes, rice hats, and other attributes.

The coach of UNS MB, Tundjung W. Sutirto said that the preparation for XXXV GPMB including routine practices that had been started since February this year. For 10 months, the preparations and practices were carried out by all the UNS MB members with diligence and discipline using the spare time between the academic activities. Even, on weekends the practice was conducted until late night.

“It is considering that the MB performance in the championship is examined in terms of art aesthetics which requires high concentration to combine the songs and adjust the movement. That is why the practice period relatively took a long time,” Tundjung explained, Monday (12/30).

In the XXXV GPMB, the 1st place was obtained by MB Waditra Prima Sangatta (owned by PT. Kaltim Prima Coal) and the 3rd place was got by MB Universitas Marmadewa Denpasar. Becoming the runner-up in the championship, Tundjung expects that the achievement will lead to the preparation of the more prestigious championships, such as an Asia MB competition named Batam Tourism International Marching Championships ( BTIMBC) to be conducted in Batam in 2020.

“I really hope for the support and contribution of the others for UNS MB in order to obtain international achievements,” said Tundjung.

Meanwhile, the UNS Vice-Rector for Student and Alumni Affairs, Prof. Dr. Kuncoro Diharjo congratulated the UNS MB for successfully achieving the 2nd place in the 2019 GPMB. This success was the result of hard-working, diligence, and discipline of the UNS MB while performed in the competition, which included the players, coaches, officials, and supporters from the alumni of UNS MB in Jakarta and the UNS Alumni Association (IKA).

“The most important thing than winning this award is the firm establishment of soft competence and soft skills of UNS MB. This will be a strong capital to enter the working world after graduating. This competition increases the quality of UNS graduates which also improves the reputation and the quality of UNS. Humas UNS/Isna/Try

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