In 1966, Far Eastern University President Dr. Nicanor Reyes Jr. with the help of Mr. Victor Toledo, established in the FEU Grade School the Singing Bamboo Band also known as the “FEU Pangkat Kawayan (FEUPK).”The FEUPK then transferred to the FEU Girls High School then to FEU Diliman before eventually returning to the Manila Campus. In 2007, the group was reorganized and later on changed its name to the “FEU Bamboo Band”.
At present, it consists of 30 young and very talented FEU Students from different colleges and is now being conducted by Mr. Norberto Cads and Ms. Jemmelette Tambot under the supervision of Professor Abner Cruz. The FEU Bamboo Band falls under the auspices of the President’s Committee on Culture.
The basic instruments that the FEU Bamboo Band uses are the marimba (which provides the melody), the lira gabbang (a traditional Muslim instrument), bumbong (which carry out bass and chord rhythms), and angklungs (which provide melodies and counterpoints to the marimba tunes). These instruments are ingeniously crafted from indigenous materials, mainly bamboo and narra, and were handmade by Professor Siegfredo Calabig.
The FEU Bamboo Band not only performs regularly for major activities and programs in school but also for diplomats, tourists, and various functions in the Malacañang Palace, including the PAPAL Visit in the 1980′s. The group has performed regularly in different prestigious programs on television and in different events in Quezon Memorial Circle, Folk Arts Theater, Hotels and museums, and concerts like the “CONCERT AT THE PARK”, in the Luneta Park, and the “SINING AT KALINANGAN SA BAYWALK”, a project of Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.