Brass Band Western Band

History of Thurstan College Brass Band

Western Bands

The Senior Brass Band (Students from year 6 to 13)
The Percussion Band (Students from year 3 to 5)

The Inauguration of the brass band

The Brass Band was inaugurate in 1997 December 17th with a few students and with a few old instruments, under the guidance and coordination of the teacher-in-charge Mrs. Kumuduni Dalpatadu. The members of the band worked hard along with the first Band Leader Sandun Dalpatadu and the first instructor Mr. Karunatilake. Their first official performance was at the School Prize Giving in 1998

History of Thurstan College Brass Band

-The Brass Band of Thurstan College was inaugurated in 1998 December under the guidance of Principal Mr. R. D. M. P. Weerathunga. As teacher in charge Mrs. Kumuduni Dalpatadu took over the responsibility and since then fought its way through hard work as a team along with Instructors Lt. Seneviratne S. A. P. and W. O. I. Nihal K. V. for four consecutive years. Today our college Brass Band is one of the best among all the leading schools in Colombo.

The Brass Band team was formed under the 1st Band Leader Sandun Dalpatadu (1998 – 2000) and followed by Rajitha Wijewardena (2000 – 2002) as the Second Band Leader and now as the 3rd Band Leader Charaka Samarakoon (2002 – 2004) has taken over the duties.

At the zonal competition organized by the Education Department Western Music Unit in 1999, our college Brass Band became runner up. Since then they have participated in many musical events such as “Vivace Brass”, “Sprit of SPM”, “Twilight de Euphonious”, “Grandiosso”, “Nalanda Rhythms”, “Mahanama Brass”, “Brass Capriccioso” and” Prashanthi”. Year 2002 was a memorable year for our college Brass Band as we became the all island champions (boys category) from the all island Brass Band competition “Prashanthi “ organized by Ananda College Colombo.

“Thurstanite Brass 2000” is our own Band Display which goes on stage every two years as the fare well of the senior band leader and the welcome of the new band leader appointed. “Thurstanite Brass 2000” was organized to go on stage at “Nawaranghala” on 8th April 2000 as farewell function of the 1st band leader Sadun Lakmikea Dalpatadu (1998-2000) and to welcome the new leader Rajitha Wijewardena (2000-2002). It was also organized as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the College.

The chief guest for this musical evening was our distinguished old boy Mr. Graetian Gunawardena, the downer of our swimming pool.

The 2nd musical event “Thurstanite Brass 2002” was held on 8th of June 2002 at the “Elphinston Theatre” under the distinguished guests, Hon. Suranimala Rajapakse ( Minister of school activities) and his worship Prasanna Gunawardena the Mayor of Colombo. At this event the duties of 2nd leader Rajitha Wijewardena was handed over to the 3rd Leader Charaka Samarakoon (2002-2004).-

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