In Sydney Australia the cheers rang out as the announcement was made — Guam won its third Gold Award and Command Performance, according to a press release. 

Team Guam consists of the award-winning Guam Territorial Band, the official band of the island, and the new Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra. The combined group participated in the 2019 Australian International Music Festival held in Sydney and earned the top honor. 
Additionally, the Guam Territorial Band was selected as a Command Performance group. Only four groups, out of 60, are selected to perform at the closing concert and award ceremony held on July 10 at the historic Sydney Town Hall. 

There will be 62 ensembles comprising over 1,300 participants from over 15 countries participates in this year's 30th international festival, the release states. 

Guam has participated in this festival in 1993, 2005, 2009, 2014, and 2019. The Guam Territorial Band is a three-time Gold Award and Command Performance band. 
The Guam Territorial Band is co-led by William Brandon Aydlett and Joanne Matanane.
Both groups have been in Sydney since July 4 playing at various venues including: Angel Place City Recital Hall, The Sydney Conservatorium, The Sydney Opera House, THe (new) Chatswood Concourse Concert Hall, The Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour and the historic (older than Carnegie Hall) Sydney Town Hall. 
The Guam Territorial Band was originally formed at the Governor's Youth Band in 1976 to march at the Inaugural Parade of President Jimmy Carter. Their current membership spans musicians of all ages — from middle school student to senior citizens. They perform for many government functions around the island. Since 2005 the band has spearheaded the Tumon Bay Music Festival — a showcase of young talent from the Pacific region. 
The Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra was formed in September 2018. 
In spite of being a young ensemble, they managed to score well and win the hearts of audiences while performing in Sydney. 
Musicians welcome 
Lead by 13-year-old violinist Justine Xu from St. John's School, the new ensemble welcomes new young instrumentalists to join their ranks this fall.
Membership in both the Guam Territorial Band and the Tumon Bay Youth Orchesta is open to all interested. There is an age limit for the Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra where members can not be older than age 25 and should have three years minimum playing experience.  

Both groups will be presenting public concerts around Guam at the end of July in conjunction with the 75th Liberation Commemoration. Team Guam returns on July 13 early morning via Philippine Airlines flight from Manila.
For more information on the Guam Territorial Band, email  To learn more about the Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra, email