BANDď SH█CHď
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Band˘ Shűch˘ I
  Almost no data on this disciple of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV, who took the name of Band˘ Shűch˘ I in 1854 in Edo. He played in the drama "Yowa Nasaki Ukina no Yokogushi", which was staged in Nagoya at the Wakamiya no Shibai in the 7th lunar month of 1854. He became a minor travelling actor and his name did not appear anymore in regular theaters banzuke. He played for example the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1863 in Hiroshima, within the precinct of the Hongakuji Temple.

Band˘ Shűch˘ I portraying Kaminari Sh˘kur˘ in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I

Band˘ Shűch˘ II
  The actor Band˘ Shűch˘ II held this name from February 1884 to September 1901.

Band˘ Shűch˘ II playing the role of Asaji in the drama "T˘ky˘ Nichinichi Shimbun",
which was staged in October 1873 at the Moritaza
(print made by Toyohara Kunichika)

Band˘ Shűch˘ III
  The actor Band˘ Shűch˘ III held this name from September 1904 to September 1935.

Band˘ Shűch˘ III playing the role of Otoki in the drama "Yudono no Ch˘bŕ",
which was staged in January 1913 at the Hong˘za

Band˘ Shűch˘ IV
 

Born in Shizuoka prefecture the 30th of March 1901. He was adopted by the actor Band˘ Shűch˘ III in 1905 and appeared on stage for the first time in November 1906, at the Shintomiza where he received the name of Band˘ Katsumi. He became nadai in June 1922 and took the name of Band˘ Katsutar˘ II at the Shintomiza, playing the role of Ushiwakamaru in the drama "Onna Kumazaka". His adoptive father died in September 1935 and he took the name of Band˘ Shűch˘ IV in April 1940 at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘, playing in the drama "Kokaji". He died the 20th of December 1985.

Band˘ Shűch˘ IV was a supporting actor, able to perform both onnagata and tachiyaku roles. He was also a famous teacher of the Band˘ dance school, who taught his art under the name of Band˘ Noshio.

Band˘ Shűch˘ V
  Band˘ Shűch˘ V is the current holder of the name since September 1987.
 
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