“The Evolution of Japanese Band Music”

Since the early 2000s, the popularity of band music in Japan has been on the decline. In fact, according to a recent poll, only 22% of respondents said they were interested in band music, down from 29% in 2001. So, what does the future hold for Sheet music.

Every country has its own unique style of music. For Japan, that style is often referred to as “band music.” But what exactly is band music, and where did it come from? In this article, we’ll take a look at the origins of this fascinating genre of music.

The term “band music” actually refers to two different styles of music that have their origins in Japan. The first is military band music, which was developed during the Meiji period (1868-1912). This type of band music was modeled after Western military bands, and it was used to provide musical entertainment for troops as well as to inspire patriotism. 

The second style of band music is brass band music, which originated in the city of Osaka in the late 19th century. Unlike military band music, brass band music was designed for civilian audiences. It quickly caught on in popularity, and by the early 20th century brass bands could be found in cities all across Japan. 

Both military band music and brass band music remain popular to this day. In fact, you’re probably more familiar with Sheet musicthan you realize; if you’ve ever heard the song “Sakura Sakura,” chances are it was performed by a Japanese brass or military band. 

7AM – Wake Up & Breakfast

The day starts early for BABYMETAL. They have to be up by 7AM so they can have time to eat breakfast together and go over the day’s schedule. Since they’re usually traveling, they usually just eat whatever is available at the hotel or venue. 

9AM – Rehearsal

After breakfast, it’s time for rehearsal. This is where the band runs through their setlist and makes sure everything is perfect before the show. This can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the size of the show. 

1PM – Lunch & Soundcheck

Once rehearsal is done, it’s time for lunch. Usually, the band will just grab something quick to eat so they can head over to soundcheck. At soundcheck, they make sure that all their instruments are sounding good and that the stage is set up how they want it. 

4PM – Hang out & Relax

After soundcheck, the band has some time to kill before the show. They usually just hang out in their dressing room and relax before getting ready for the show. 

7PM – Show Time!

Finally, it’s show time! The band puts on an amazing performance full of energy and excitement. After the show, they usually stick around to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. 

11PM – Back to the Hotel & Sleep

Once everything is done, it’s time to head back to the hotel and get some well-deserved rest. Tomorrow is another long day! 

Conclusion: Japanese band music is a truly unique genre of music that has its origins in the Meiji period. While it may not be as widely known as other types of Japanese music, such as karaoke or taiko drumming, it remains an important part of Japanese culture. If you ever have the chance to see a Japanese brass or military band perform, be sure to take advantage of it!


Ivy Skye Marshall: Ivy, a social justice reporter, covers human rights issues, social movements, and stories of community resilience.