Commissioned by Chiba Prefecture of All Japan Band Association to commemorate its 45th anniversary
This work was commissioned by the All Japan Band Association (Chiba Prefecture) to commemorate their 45th anniversary. The composer, Satoshi Yagisawa, was requested to write a march that was easy enough for junior high school students to play, and was based on the folk songs in Chiba Prefecture. Initially it was very difficult to find a folk song that was suitable for a march. After several months of research, the composer finally discovered Boushu Oiwake, a lyrical folk song sung with the Japanese bamboo flute and shamisen (three stringed Japanese instrument).
When he was first commissioned, Yagisawa made up his mind to compose a dramatic lyrical march. Thus, it was truly fortunate that he found this folk song. The composer built up March-Bou-Shu with his own musical usage, using this folk song of Chiba Prefecture. The expressions of performance vary according to the tempos and interpretations of passages. Try to let your band show their unique performance.