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Representative Central Band of the Romanian Army
Orchestra Reprezentativă a Armatei Romania
Palatul Elisabeta Band.jpg
The band at Elisabeta Palace
Active August 1, 1951-present
Country  Romania
Branch Romanian Armed Forces
Type Military band
Role Public Duties/Musical Accompaniment
Part of  Romania Army
Garrison/HQ Bucharest
Nickname(s) Fanfara Armatei
Anniversaries Day of the Military Bands (July 1)
Commanders
Current
commander
Col. Valentin Neacsu[1]
Notable
commanders
Emilian Ursu[2][3]
Insignia
Ceremonial Flag of the Armed Forces Battle flag of Romania (Land Forces model).png

The Representative Central Band of the Romanian Army (Romanian: Orchestra Reprezentativă a Armatei Romania, also translated to Muzica Reprezentativă a Armatei Romania) is the principal military band of the Romanian Armed Forces and the sole premier band of the Romanian Army based in Bucharest. The organization also involves a multitude of symphonic elements. It is often considered to be a reference to the cultural life of the armed forces and the music of the country.

Brief History, Duties, and Activities[edit | edit source]

The band in 1984.

Founded on August 1, 1951, the Representative Central Band of the Romanian Army is the seniormost band in the Armed Forces and carries on a long-standing heritage of military music in Romania. In the more than half century since its founding, the band has become the benchmark for all similar bands in the country. The band is composed of at least 70 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and is by three officers/conductors who are all graduates of the National Music University in Bucharest. The band has been known to perform all types of music, with marching music and classical being the priority type of music, and modern, jazz, and folklore also being used. The band is known for its consistent presence at numerous protocol events such as honors and military ceremonies, and frequently supports army units with musical accompaniment. Protocol events that the band takes part in includes the Great Union Day Parade in the capital, as well as the state arrivals ceremony for foreign leaders visiting the President of Romania at his/her residence. and on the most important scenes Bucharest and the country. The representative band has released many CDs, audio/video tapes, and other forms of media over the years. It commonly performs on Romanian TV channels such as Romanian Television and radio stations like Radio Romania. It has taken part in many public performances in and around the country. Concerts, military tattoos, and musical parades are not uncommon for the band, which visited over 12 countries in Europe, including France, Poland, China, Italy, Denmark, and Germany.[4][5][6]

Ceremonial Music[edit | edit source]

The sheet music to Deșteaptă-te, române, which is the national anthem of Romania.

The band's repertoire of ceremonial music includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Deșteaptă-te, române (Awaken thee, Romanian)
  • Marș de întâmpinare (Inspection March)
  • Marș Sportiv (Sportive March)
  • Marș Drum bun (Bon voyage March)
  • Marș Militar (Military March)
  • Marș Aniversar (Anniversary March)
  • Alexandru Marș (Alexander March)
  • Victoria Marș (Victory March)
  • Waves of the Danube

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