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"Brass bands: how many trombones?" Vienna Local Custom Tip by tiabunna

Vienna Local Customs: 273 reviews and 382 photos

  76 (well almost) trombones
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  • 76 (well almost) trombones - Vienna
      76 (well almost) trombones
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  • Follow the leader! - Vienna
      Follow the leader!
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  • Round in circles - photographer in foreground - Vienna
      Round in circles - photographer in foreground
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  • This is getting complicated! - Vienna
      This is getting complicated!
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  • Now, let's have a close look! - Vienna
      Now, let's have a close look!
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We were to attend a VT meeting on the Saturday of our visit to Vienna: still jetlagged from travel, there was a slight risk of oversleeping. A local Viennese marching band eliminated any worries in that regard, by providing a recital and display outside our hotel in Columbusplatz. A brass band does indeed command attention!

Consider the remarkable skill of these bands to play music while following complex marching patterns. It always seems a bit like patting one’s head while rubbing one’s stomach for 30 seconds: then reversing hands (try it now, it’s not easy)! I know if I was let loose in these circumstances I’d cause all manner of chaos, by playing dud notes and turning the wrong way into the bass drummer (quite apart from the passing detail that I have no musical abilities).

The band’s name remains unknown, but they have red and green shield shaped patches on their sleeves, if that helps any Viennese locals with identification. Yes, they were quite good and drew a small but appreciative crowd. Note the photographer in the striped shirt in Photo 3 – by the time we get to Photo 5, he’s either trying to read the music or check on the marching instructions!

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  • Written Aug 13, 2007
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