The Guam Territorial Band and the Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra is holding a press conference to present their Vienna Tour Send Off Concert at the Micronesia Mall.

A delegation of nearly 150 musicians and support personnel are gearing up to represent Guam for the first time at the Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival in the historic city of Vienna, Austria. 

Music scholars from GTB and TBYO have been putting in hundreds of hours of personal practice and rehearsals for the honor to perform in the old stomping grounds of music greats such as Strauss, Beethoven, and Mozart.

The 2024 Festival hosts  more than 2000 performers from over a dozen countries and will take place July 5 through 10 and will include at least three performances each by the GTB and the TBYO. 

The festival performance schedule can be found here.

GTB and TBYO previously traveled together in 2019 to represent Guam at the Australian International Music Festival which included performances by each group at the

famous Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour Amphitheater, Angel Place Recital Hall and the new (at the time) concert venue, Chatswood Concourse. 

Both groups performed well, bringing the first Double Gold awards for Guam from that festival. 

“The opportunity to represent Guam in these historical concert halls adds to the rich history of the Guam Territorial Band and the short, but quickly growing legacy of the Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra. Beyond the organizations are all the members past and present, and their dedicated families, who sacrifice to make these opportunities a reality. We look forward to bringing Guam to Europe and leaving a lasting impression,” said Brandon Aydlett, the Head of the Delegation.

The upcoming trip by the GTB and TBYO to Vienna are the firsts to be recognized as official groups representing Guam.

Among the impressive roster of musicians includes a handful from Guam and Saipan with CHamoru/Micronesian heritage.

“There's more emotions being had in the news of traveling than I can fathom, music truly is a rollercoaster of experiences. I pray that the world will see Guam on that day when we play on the world stage,” said Drummer Nathaniel Dafrad.