Even the most frugal music lover can not understand that this concert should have been the last one of the Military Music Band TYROL in the cast with 47 musicians. With all sense for saving is to inquire: „Were all possibilities in this political decision really seriously examined?“ Even in our time, the dealing with the topic of culture is still much too carefree.
„The Economy“ - in consciousness of what is once lost is lost - would defend itself power-fully and take countermeasures.
The most peaceable and popular military unit, those who give the military a positive image, are simply sacrified. It is quite clear that with 20 musicians it is only partially possible to meet the legitimate demands of the audience. The financially planned savings are out of all proportion to the cultural damage. Austria, the country of music since time immemorial, with the designated small groups of 20 musicians each will join itself in the list of the poorest developing countries.
The political approval of this „prank“ will have to be explained to the voters at state and federal level at the very few reasonable auditinig of previous appreciation and promises about the importance and indispensability of Wind Music.
Did in the state of Tyrol Lieutenant Colonel Hannes APFOLTERER, more than 20 years serving Military Music Band Conductor, more than 30 years dedicated Bandleader of the BIG BAND and the COMBO, also more than 20 years highly successful conductor of the Original Tiroler Kaiserjägermusik, deserve such a „treatment“? Is this the appreciation of Tyrol and Austria?
Military Music, its tradition and its centuries-long positive impact - just think for example only to the composers Strauss, Lehar, Ziehrer and their music, which conquered the world - are among the Austrian cultural assets as well as our civil- and youth music bands.
It is still time to fight back and seek solutions, even when it comes to austerity proposals, which give the „top military floor“ in direct concern little pleasure that would be efficient and understandable in enforcement.
© Hannes Apfolterer