The Carabinieri band (Rome)
The band was founded in 1820 when a group of trumpeters was introduced into the Royal Carabinieri Corps for the first time. In 1862 it was transformed into a real brass band and then developed into a full band contingent. Since 1920 the orchestra assumed its’ present name — the Carabinieri band.
Directed by outstanding musicians, the prestige of the band grew fast in Italy and abroad. In 1916 the band made its’ first tour in Paris and performed with the band of the Republican guard of France and the Royal Guard band in Trocadero, Tuileries garden and Invalides for injured allied soldiers.
Owing to the conductor Luigi Cirenei, the pupil of the famous Pietro Mascagni and a very talented musician, the orchestra performed with the most famous musicians, made records for the label «La voce del Padrone» and some audio documents of the Second World War. Cirenei improved the artistic skills of the Band and composed «La Fedelissima» — the march theme adopted as the official one by the Carabinieri Force.
In 1947 the band begins to travel a lot all over the world: 25 tours in Europe, in Brasil, Japan, USA (35 cities).
Since 2000 the band is directed by Massimo Martinelli, who preserves its’ high artistic level and continues to participate in important events and international festivals: in the international festival of Police bands (Japan) in 2001, in the World Expo in Aichi in 2005, in Guǎngzhōu on the occasion of the year of Italy in China in 2006.
In 2001 the band performed for the pope John Paul II during the first official visit of a supreme pontiff in the history of the Roman church to the Chamber of Deputies.
Today the band of the corps of carabiners counts 102 musicians of the highest level, who play a vast repertory varying from original pieces composed specially for the band, to famous military marches and modern music. Wherever the band performs — concert halls, theaters, radio or television, — it always gets the approval of the most severe critics and love of the audience.
Chief conductor Massimo Martinelli.
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