On Monday, 18 May, connoisseurs of culture are in for a treat: a concert of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival, which brings to Moscow the best army orchestras of the world every year. The 'Russian seasons' will air the best French military bands: the Band of the Signal Corps of Versailles, the Band of the Tank Army, the French Foreign Legion Band, the North West Region Army Band.
The spectators will see unique music compositions and performances of various years. For instance, the Band of the Signal Corps of Versailles, one of the largest in the French army played in Moscow in 2013. Established in 1949, the Band of the Signal Corps of Versailles plays with military precision twisted with artistic touch - it employs the musicians of the highest rank focusing on the wind section. Phillipe Caesmecker is the Conductor of the Band.
The Band of the Tank Army of France which was founded back in 1888, today is conducted by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Varotto and beleived to be the most significant orchestras in the French Army. It is mission statement - to restore the glory of the French military and patriotic ceremonies. The 2012 Spasskaya Tower Festival was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Patriotic War of 1812. Thus, the Band prepared a special program in collaboration with the wind bands of the Draguignan Artillery School and Second Hussar Regiment. Dressed in the historic uniform they performed compositions of the Napoleon times.
The French Foreign Legion Music Band with deep historic roots stretching back to 1831 rocked the Red Square in 2011. The Music Band carefully maintains till the present the usage of the Turkish crescent (a rare percussion instrument) and the flute, as well as a lower than usual harness for the drums, which makes it easier to go in a regimental slow march. Conductor - Émile Lardeux.
Yet another participant of the online concert is the North West Region Army Band, which performed in Moscow's Spasskaya tower Tattoo in 2010. The band counts its history from 1954 and until today is famous for honoring the traditions of its region - Brittany. Among other instruments, the musician use traditional Breton bagpipes.