Taipei Civic Symphonic Band
Once on the fringes of the local classical scene, the Taipei Civic Symphonic Band (T.C.S.B.) was fonded earlier at the year of 2000 officially credited by the Taipei City Government's Cultural Bureau as one of the city's principal Wind Ensembles.
Now a permanent fixture on the programs of many of the City Government's numerous public festivals, the ensemble's increasing popularity has been credited to its ability to draw on the musical talents of musicians of all ages. Children as young as 10 years old perform alongside the ensemble's core of semi-professional adult musicians. Which, according to a band spokesperson, makes the T.C.S.B. one of the regularly performing ensembles to double as a classroom.
Conductor Gi-Hwa Tzou
Gi-Hwa, Tzou was born in Taichung, Taiwan (1969), and received his Bachelor degree of music from Chinese Culture University in 1993 as well as the Master degree in Music from Florida International University in 1998. When Gi-Hwa was undergraduate student, he studied trumpet performance with Prof. Yeh Shu-Han for four years. Afterward, the years of study at FIU, He had studied trumpet performance with Grammy Award Winner Arturo Sandoval, the trumpet player of Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, James Hacker, and studied wind conducting with Mr. Matthew McInturf.