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Kfar Vradim Youth Band

 

Introduction

Kfar Vradim Youth Band was founded in 1999 by Reuven Malach, a lawyer by profession and an enthusiastic conductor holding Master’s degree in music and education. 45-55 boys and girls, ages 12-18, play wind instruments, percussions and guitars. The players are coming mostly from Kfar Vradim but also from the nearby town of Ma'alot - Tarshiha and other neighboring communities in the Western Galilee.

The Youth Band is the elite players of Kfar Vradim Music Center were over 300 students learn to play various instrument, theory, composition and sections. At the end of their second year at the Music Center, the players could take the audition to join the lucrative Youth Band. Those that are committed enough and are willing to work hard will join the Youth Band and enjoy the unique, not to take for granted, environment where young, pre Bar Mitzvah kids are playing alongside Juniors and Seniors.

 

International competitions and tours

Since its foundation, Kfar Vradim Youth Band has performed all over Israel and internationally, participating musical tours, festivals, and competitions.

Their first international experience was on the summer of 2002, when the band participated bands competition in Rostock, Germany. Dozens of bands from all over the world participated in this 7 days challenging competition. The whole community of Kfar Vradin was proud when the Youth Band won third place overall.

Encouraged with their success in Germany, coming summer of 2003, the Band was heading Interlaken Switzerland to take part in yet another worldwide competition. Energetic, balanced repertoire played with talent and passion got them into third place again.

In 2009, the band won the second place in youth bands competition in Schaldming Austria.

The Youth Band participated also in musical tours including visits to several countries and participation in international musical events. In 2003 the band performed in the opening ceremony of the Maccabee Games in Belgium. In 2005 they had a successful tour to Hungary, where the program included joined practices and performances with local orchestras. This wonderful experience enriched the musicians of both, the hosts and the guests, who had the opportunity to learn more about each other’s culture, develop friendships and share stories and educate each other of their countries.

The unforgettable tour to South Africa took place in 2006. With the contribution of the Johannesburg office of Jewish National Federation a two weeks tour was enabled, bringing the Youth Band to performances, joint classes and concerts in local community. The icing on the cake was a 2 hours concert at the Israeli embassy in Pretoria.

The last international tour took place at the summer of 2011 where the Youth Band participated in Scotland and performed in the Hadoo Music Festival. The energetic encore, string of Oriental songs, at ‘His Majesty’s Concert Hall’ the band pushed the audience to dance and lengthy applause.Challenges

In the Israeli reality, living less than 10 miles from the Lebanese border, presents unusual challenges. In the summer of 2006, the Youth Band had a difficult period, together with the rest of Israeli citizens residing in the Galilee, experiencing first-hand the Second Lebanon War. Several rockets hit Kfar Vradim, one of them causing damage to property next to the Music Center.

During this period the Youth Band and its members, when not in bomb shelters, continued its practices and as much as possible stayed together, using their music as a 'therapy' to overcome the traumatic situation.

 

The Youth Band as second family

The musicians' have unique and family-like ties among themselves. They play music together and socialize together after rehearsals. During tours and outings, younger and older kids share rooms, responsibilities and have fun.

A special professional and at the same time friendly relation was established between the musicians and the Youth Band manager and conductor, Reuven Malach. The kids are attached to Reuven, respect him a lot and share with him their debates and challenges including those that are not directly related to their musical lives.

 

Coming June, the Youth Band plays their annual concert in front of the proud families and for the honor of the 18 years old players that graduate the Youth band and proceed with their national service joining the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Nurtured in a community where social responsibility is an important value, it is common that military service is postponed in one year when the young guys and gals volunteer to do a year of Social Service (‘Shnat Sheroot)’, working with youth at risk, mentally challenged, disabled, young Kibbutzim etc. before joining the army for their full period in service.

 

Contribution to the community

In addition to musical education the agenda of Kfar Vradim Youth Band includes vast involvement in the community. The Youth Band has key role in local ceremonies on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Purim parade (Ad-Lo-Ya-Da) and more.

On one memorable and moving event, in 2011, the band held a concert to raise funds for

cancer treatment for three years old girl, Moria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

On YouTube

• Music by Dor Asaf – Trombone player (Senior)

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