PAVA World Korean Traditional Marching Band
Los Angeles, California
UNIFORM: Korean traditional clothing, Traditional dancers in royal official uniforms, and traditional soldier uniform for the band members.
Updated on: 12/9/2012 10:18:31 PM
BAND DESCRIPTION: 190 total, 17 leaders, 32 drum majors, 35 brass, 12 flag bearers, 24 percussion, 26 dancers, 24 woodwinds, 10 banner carriers, 2 color guards, 8 parade assistants. The band also includes traditional dancers leading the band with 6 instruments: taepyongso (trumpet), nabal (trumbone), kkwaenggwari (small cymbal), bara (cymbal), buk (drum), and janggu (drum).
PERSONNEL: Mija Kim, director; Sungpyo Ma, Chaewoo Rhim, David Yoon, Holly Choe, Esther Lee, Sun Kyeon Kim and Soo Hee Lee, assistant directors; Rebecca Y. Kim and Brian Jun, unit leaders.
PREVIOUS APPEARANCES: 2013 marks the band's first appearance in the Rose Parade.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The band participated in the 2011 Hollywood Christmas Parade - "Highlight of the Parade". It's been in existence for the past 10 years and participated in the Korean festival and many other Korean community events.
The traditional Korean performance of "Samul nori" has been assembled in small groups but has never been assembled as a marching band of this magnitude. The word samul means "four objects" and nori means "play"; samul nori is performed with four traditional Korean musical instruments: Kkwaenggwari (a small gong), Jing (a larger gong), Janggu (an hourglass-shaped drum) and Buk (a barrel drum similar to the bass drum). Each of the four instruments represents a different weather condition: the janggu represents rain, the kkwaenggwari thunder, the jing the sounds of the wind, and the buk clouds.
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