South Tyrol's brass bands
Sunday morning, Whitsun. It is hot, the church bells are ringing, the people is waiting on the church square.
And then suddenly they hear them coming, they here the trumpet, the tuba, the clarinets and the drums: the marching band is coming, awaited eagerly by the people.
And now the musicians are here, dressed to kill with beautiful traditional costumes, their instruments mirror the sun. They play an old march and the children are excited about the music as well as about the musicians in costumes.
No matter which festival is celebrated in South Tyrol, the 211 brass bands of South Tyrol turn every event and every feast to something special and to something typical.
In South Tyrol about 22,000 women and men are engaged in marching bands, most of them are under 30. Nearly every village has a brass- or marching band. Nearly every village has an own marching band. They have to rehearse march, waltz and present music about two times a week in winter to be prepared for the concerts in spring and summer.