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The Orchid Ensemble offers a special program for school bands to experience playing Asian music. The repertoire ranges from simple Asian folk songs to original compositions blending Asian and jazz elements. It requires the students to play in “sharp keys” and to improvise in pentatonic scales. The more advanced students may be encouraged to explore “noises” or textures/colours in their sounds. This is an opportunity for the students to discover new ways of playing their instruments, beyond the usual band repertory. This workshop opens the ears for the students to Asian sounds and inspires them to explore different musical paths in their future.