Sunday, August 22, 2010

Crowds Gather in Serbia for Trumpet Festival; Ten-Day Festival Includes 2,000 Brass Musicians

More than a half-million people have gathered in the small Serbian town of Guca to witness its 10-day famous trumpet festival fueled by about 2,000 brass musicians, according to the Daily Rosetta website.

The unique festival -- which has made Serbia the trumpet capital of the world -- was originally started to honor the art of playing the trumpet, and now includes the international competition dubbed the World's First Trumpet in Guca.

A total of 15 orchestras -- from Russia, the U.S., Germany, Macedonia, Poland, Austria, Turkey, France, Romania, Republika Srpska, and Serbia -- joined in the competition.

People in Serbia traditionally have been playing the trumpet on every important happening in one's life, such as a baptism, a wedding, and even a funeral.

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