The Thailand International Wind Symphony Competition 2020 is the result of collaboration between the King Power Company (The King of Duty Free) and the College of Music, Mahidol University. This TIWSC competition is open to anyone, regardless of age or nationality. It is an opportunity to promote Wind Symphony music in Thailand and a chance for the event to bring together musicians from different countries. In addition to this the competition promotes cultural art through music, and is a valuable youth activity that empowers them with skills, knowledge and development in music at an international level.


HISTORY - Thailand International Wind Symphony Competition


Western marching band and orchestra music was first introduced and performed in Thailand during the reign of King Rama the fourth, when two British buglers, Captain Knox and Captain Impey, were in charge of the Thai Front Palace and the Royal Palace's Music Division. Following Knox and Impey, Mr. Jokob Felt (Phra Chenduriyang's father) served in the Royal Thai Army Band between 1868-1910. He was later put in charge of the Thai Army Band in 1878, while the Royal Thai Navy Music Division was established by an Italian instructor, Captain Fusco.

Orchestral music was mainly developed within the Thai army until 1918, when King Rama the 6th established the Department of Marasop and the Wild Tiger Corps string quartet under the direction of Phra Chenduriyang.

In 1955 Phra Chenduriyang held a musical training camp for boy scout leaders, with the aim of promoting and exposing scouts to orchestral music throughout the nation. Many scout leaders attended these training camps, especially leaders from schools within the main provinces. After receiving training, scout leaders then taught what they had learned to their school bands. Following this the school bands would perform music on various occasions and school events such as: leading the boy scouts, sporting events, and other activities such as cortege and ordination ceremonies.

The following timeline provides important events in the history of band competitions in Thailand.

1981 – The Department of Physical Education, together with TMB Bank Public Company Limited, organized a marching band competition to celebrate Children's Day and invited 5 boy scout orchestras to participate in the competition.

1984 – His Royal Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej presented awards at the Thai Marching Band Competition.

1988 – Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented awards to the best of the female bands.

1990 – His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn presented awards to the best of the mixed bands.

1998 – Siam Motors Group organized a marching band competition for primary schools in marching and deploying.

1999 – The first year that the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the College of Music, Mahidol University organized the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition (TIWEC), offering the highest prize in Thailand. The 1st place winner received 1 million Baht and the four runner ups received each 100,000 Baht. This competition attracted a lot of interest from the region, and the 1st place winner was a secondary school from Singapore.

2000 – The second year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition was held in honor of Her Royal Highness Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani, for the occasion of Her Royal Highness' 111 year anniversary. Sarasit Phithayalai School won the 1st prize in this competition.

2001 – The 3rd year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition was held as an anniversary celebration for Bangkok's 211th birthday, and the 1st prize winner was Montfort College.

2002 – The 4th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition was to celebrate Bangkok turning 222, and the 1st prize winner was the C.Y.C. Band (Taiwan).

2003 – The 5th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition. Attawit Commercial College was the winner.

2004 – The 6th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition, which was won by Assumption College, Lampang.

2005 – The 7th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition and the 1st prize was won by Attawit Commercial College.

2006 – The 8th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition and the 1st prize winner was Triam Udom Suksa School.

2007 – The 9th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition and the Re-Fa, Mi-Do Symphonic Winds from Thailand won the 1st prize.

2008 – The 10th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition, which was won by Suthiwararam School.

2009 – The 11th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition and was won by Sarasas Ektra School.

2010 – The 12th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition and was won by RTAF Wind Symphony (Royal Thai Air Force Band).

2011 – The competition was postponed due to widespread flooding in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.

2012 – The 13th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition and the RTAF Wind Symphony (Royal Thai Air Force Band) won the 1st prize.

2013 – The 14th year of the Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition and Ratwinit Bangkaeo Wind Symphony was the winner.

2018 – The 15th year of the Thailand International Wind Symphony Competition and Zalymanian Wind Orchestra was the winner.

2019 – The 16th year of the Thailand International Wind Symphony Competition and Million Wind Philharmonic was the winner.

Update: November 4, 2020