Once upon a time, when 'heavy metal' had progressed and florished spendidly under the majesty of metal
monarchs like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, long before
Van-Halen, Whitesnake and Metallica released their debut album,and India very own
13 A.D, Shiva and Indus Creed came into existence. A band
came into the rock scene of Nagaland, Originally
founded as the 'Rivals' in the year 1976 on the 4th of April.
This rock and roll outfit was later re-christened as "The 4th NAP Jazz Band".
Following their recruitment as the official band of the 4th Battalion
Nagaland Armed Police. Presently the word 'JAZZ' is omitted to
avoid confussion as they do not play Jazz music. And thus, "The 4th NAP
Band" came about. They might be, If not the longest surviving band
in the sub-continent.
Their band is under the police department of Nagaland, a unique feature
found only in the state. Hesso Shohe says:
"This means we get a monthly salary from the department."
Over the years the band had undergone drastic changes in terms
of line-up. Neitsilie, the only original member and the present
Band Manager, reminisces, "Our band has been through much evolution.
But it has been worthwhile." At 48, he is a young grandfather who
doesn't think twice about shaking a leg while performing good old
rock & roll numbers. Music lovers of all age owe this dedicated musician for
keeping the local music circuit alive. Suffice it to say that under his superb
leadership, the 4th NAP Band is now a cohered and thoroughly professional
band. Yes, faces have changed, style have also undergone drastic
metamorphoses and the present musical accessories would probably even be
unrecognisable and incomprehensive to some of the original members if they were around.
Yet they will always be fondly known as our very own 4th NAP Band.
Today, Michael ( A graduate sound engineer from Audio
Institute of America ) is glad to be in his father's shoes. He is the eldest son
of Neitsilie, he modestly attributes their recent success to their superior officers
and well wishers, and to those who had the time to remmember them in their prayers.
They have a hectic schedule throughout the year with performances
in small time charity show besides their normal
official obligations. Consequently, their potential for greater heights
had remained thus untill they participated in the last North-East Region
Beat Contest organised jointly by Doordarshan, NYKS, Ashok Groups of Hotels
and Department of Development of the North East Region, at New Delhi.
The Show which was held in the premises of Hotel Ashok at New Delhi on the 25th and 26th of
April 2003. The 4th NAP band was adjudged the "BEST BAND."
The journey of the 4th NAP band has not been an easy cruise as
evidenced by so many changes,near disbanding and a general feeling of lethargy
among the band members.Through it all, there had always been someone or
the other who has come to their rescue, Just when the band could no longer crank out respectable sounds
from their obsolete amps and creaking speakers. Neiphiu Rio the then
minister for Home and present Chief Minister, gifted them a whole
new set of Peavey Sound System and Imported instruments. Recently, IAS
Temjen Toy has donated a professional keyboard (Roland) and a Peavey Guitar to the band.
It's touching to hear a 200 pound, six footer Neitsilie voice, " We
can only say,' Thank You '. Let Music heal our land."
Discography : NONE
All information taken from 'Eastern Mirror'