The TK Band had its roots in the school bands of the former Tanjong Katong Secondary Technical School (now Tanjong Katong Secondary School) and Tanjong Katong Girls’ School (TKGS). Started separately in 1965, the TK Tech Band called itself the Tanjong Katong Brass Band with only 26 members, while the TKGS band had about 30.

In 1967, both bands performed together, marking the beginning of their long and close relationship. Later that year, they were formally combined to form one band, with Ms Irene Joseph as the founder who became instrumental in the band's development. This is the band known today as the TK Band.

With a bigger combined band, it was able to take on more challenging music pieces and perform more ambitious outdoor displays. Under Ms Joseph’s tutelage, the band grew by leaps and bounds. By 1972, it won its first Mace of Honour, an award then given to the only top three school bands every year.

From the beginning, the band was well known for being able to smartly execute display patterns and formations on the field. Many who were involved in the school band scene during those
years remember the TK Band’s impressive displays at outdoor


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