Friday, January 30, 2009

old school music in Loboc, Bohol

Traditional funerals are accompanied by brassband music. Funeral dirges are played by community musicians who will lead the mourning march, first, from the house of the deceased to the church (for requiem mass) and last, to the cemetery. One always knows a funeral by the slow sad music being played. Nowadays in urban centers not like Loboc where I took this picture, bands are slowly replaced by loudspeakers blaring out taped music or song. Sometimes, there will be none at all for expediency.

at Loboc Church, Bohol, the Philippines
Canon EOS 350D Digital, 4/5s, f/9, 48mm, ISO 100, +1/3EV

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Gibb said...

When canned music isn't available, drum and bugle corps replace brass bands. In my opinion, these drum and bugle corps don't play music at all but plain noise.

It has always been my dream to revive the aging brass band in my hometown.

Farl said...

Gibb- there used to a brass band in Opon Poblacion too but like others, it went away. The players were old and were probably volunteers...