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Fukushima school brass band members perform in New York

New York, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press) — Eight brass band members from a high school in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture joined six New York Philharmonic musicians on Saturday in performing an arrangement of a Japanese song.

The performance by the students from Futaba Future High School was part of a music program held at New York’s Lincoln Center to support Japan’s recovery from the 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami.

The arrangement of the song “Furusato,” which means “hometown” in Japanese, was created by the students themselves in partnership with Japanese composer and conductor Takehito Shimazu.

The song was arranged as a march-like melody to “portray disaster-hit people who are becoming positive and forward-looking gradually through encounters with many people,” said Issei Endo, 16-year-old leader of the school’s brass band club.

The school, which offers combined junior and senior high school education, is located in the town of Hirono near Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant damaged by the disaster.

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