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Turkish Armed Forces Mehteran Unit

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Turkish Armed Forces Mehteran Unit

Mehter, which is the oldest and forefather of the all the military bands of the world, is a monument of the Turkish heroism and sovereignty.

In 1289, the Anatolian Selçuk Emperor Giyasettin Mesut II sent a special horn team to Osman Gazi, who is the founder of the Ottoman Empire. This date is regarded as the first foundation of Mehter, but the history of Mehter dates back to the older times. The first documents of Turkish military music in history are encountered at the Orkhun Gokturk and Sine-Usu inscriptions, which is located in Mongolia, in the eight century. These inscriptions mentioned about tughs which means drum, big kettle drum, military band and standard.

In history, Mehter was encouraging and fortifying the national motive of Ottoman soldiers at the battlefields as well as placing fear in to the soul of the enemy.

The commander of the Mehter is called Çorbacıbaşı. He commands the janissaries and Mehter.

The standards are the honor signs of the army. The red standard represents the state, the green one represents the Islam, and the white one represents the independence.

Tughs, which are made of brass, are about 2,5 meters height. On tugh’s both sides of the top part, there are horsetail tassels. Tughs were used as the signs of military duties such as sultanate (emperor) and viziers.

The conductor of the Mehter Band is called Mehterbaşı. The performers are consisted of 6 instrumental groups which are zurna (shawm), boru (horn), nakkare (kettle drum), zil (cymbals), davul (drum) and kös (big kettle drum) and members of chorus called Çevgen.

The size and magnificence of a mehter was measured in terms of the number of each instruments. One fold Ьehter band is consisted of having one player of each instrument such as one player, one horn player, one small kettle drum player, one cymbals player, one drum player and doubled Çevgen.

The Mehter Band, which is currently a unit of Chief of The Turkish General Staff, represents The Ottoman Empire Janissary Mehter Band dated back eighteenth century.

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
Date Time Place
26 August 2017 12:00 — 13:00
20:00 — 22:30
Railway stations
Main scene
27 August 2017 12:00 — 13:00
20:00 — 22:30
Poklonnaya Hill
Main scene
28 August 2017 20:00 — 22:30 Main scene
29 August 2017 20:00 — 22:30 Main scene
30 August 2017 20:00 — 22:15 Main scene
31 August 2017 20:00 — 22:30 Main scene
1 September 2017 20:00 — 22:30 Main scene
2 September 2017 12:00 — 13:00
20:00 — 22:30
Moscow parks
Main scene
3 September 2017 20:00 — 22:30 Main scene
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