Special edition of the World Police Band Concert organized in Tokyo in the midst of a pandemic

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Band and its Color Guard, MEC, perform at a special edition of the World Police Band Concert at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in the Japanese capital on the evening of November 19, 2021 (Mainichi / Yoshinori Matsuda)

TOKYO – A special edition of the World Police Band Concert, an event promoting public-police exchanges through music, was held here on November 19, with a colorful performance by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Band and the video performances of police groups in Singapore, Malaysia, the United States and France.

The 25th edition of the concert, held in the main hall of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in the capital, marked the first time in two years that the event was held, after its cancellation in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The World Police Band Concert has been held in Japan and overseas cities since 1996, when inaugural performances were held in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, with The Mainichi Newspapers Co. as the main organizer. This year, a parade that usually ran in conjunction with the concert was canceled and the event was first staged as a “special edition,” with only the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Band performing live.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police group’s acts featured the theme of “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Farewell Jamaica”, while the group’s Color Guard, known as “MEC”, danced under the applause from spectators.

Video performances by the four foreign groups, the Singapore Police Force Band, the NYPD Police Band, the Royal Malaysia Police Band and La Musique des Gardiens de la Paix de Paris, were shown on the big screen, giving a glimpse into each group’s unique character. .

The finale was marked by “Sekai no omawarisan” (policemen of the world), a march with a lyrical melody that the audience applauded in time.

(Japanese original by Nana Hayashida, Tokyo City News Service)

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