ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Thursday, February 5th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
Since its inception in the early 60s, the Abu Dhabi Police Music Band has become a bright and distinguished entity that reflects the success and innovation of the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters. Music is a universal language that everyone can understand, and has always been considered to be an essential element in the life and culture of a nation due to its inherent ability to portray the bright image of any civilization and culture from around the world.
Colonel Waleed Salim Al Shamesi, Head of the Police Schools Department, said: “The regional and international success achieved by the Abu Dhabi Police Music Band since its birth in 1963, was made possible thanks to the support of the police leadership. With more than 50 years of experience, the Band’s keenness to participate in various local and international events has attracted tens of thousands of fans.”
“The Abu Dhabi Police Music Band is the first military music band in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and for the country as a whole. It was founded in 1963 and made its debut at the end of the same year,” he said.
First Lieutenant Ibrahim Ma’touq Al Hosani, Deputy Chief of Police Music Section at the Police Schools Department, said: “The Abu Dhabi Police Music Band has undergone various developments throughout the years regarding the number of instrumentalists and musical instruments, and over time, a number of string instruments were added to the band. Developments regarding both official and folklore performances throughout the years were made as well. Expanding both in breadth and in quality since its beginning years, the band went from performing five military marches to performing global symphonies. Delving into the depths of the UAE spirit, the band has expanded its library to include Emirati folklore in order to contribute to the revival of heritage and culture; and also has included hundreds of other instrumental pieces encompassing military, traditional, Arabic, and international symphonies. Some of the best international musicians have worked closely with the members of the Abu Dhabi Police Music Band and have helped improve their skills.”
“In an effort to gain more skills and experience and to develop the capabilities of the musicians, the band has traveled internationally over the past years and has visited Italy, England, Germany, Scotland, and Switzerland to receive additional training,” he said.
First Lieutenant Al Hosani said: “We have had the chance to perform in a number of international festivals and events, and were the only band representing an Arab country at festivals in Bremen in 2003, Moscow in 2013, and Berlin in 2014. The Berlin Military Music Festival “Berlin Tattoo” 2014 was the most significant international participation for the band, due to the amount of admiration received from the audience due to the Abu Dhabi Music Band’s performances of national, traditional, and folklore pieces.”
Corporal Mubarak Saqr Al Muamari, the Abu Dhabi Police Music Band bandleader said: “The local presence of the band featuring national and traditional Emirati music reflects the authentic spirit of the Abu Dhabi Police Music Band. We are keen to participate in the various national, traditional, and sporting events and in any event for governmental bodies and institutions.”
“We personally tailor our music for each event and our portfolio includes numerous musical works that could be used for different events. The band can play a variety of traditional, national, Arabic, and Western musical pieces,” he said.
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