Haug Brass Band
The history of Haug Brass Band
It is customary for every school in Norway to have a janissary music school band og brass band. Haug Musikkorps was founded in 1984 with the objectives of creating music and contributing to good friendship and wholesome leisure-time activities. The band is adapted to persons with special needs and is open for everybody who wants to play in a band. The band is a member of The Norwegian Band Federation. Our criterion for people who want to play in the band is to have a desire to play in the band. Originally, the band had 35 musicians. and throughout our history, a total of 100 people have been musicians in the band. Today, the band consists of one main conductor, one assistant conductor, three supporting players and 20 musicians. Henning Bøgh is, and has always been, our conductor. He has a unique system for conducting using hand signs. The musicians do not have to learn how to read notes, but only follow the conductor's signs. Traditional note/music training is also offered for those interested.
The sosial aspect of being together has made us all good friends. Many of the musicians have been participating from the beginning. After some time, we got our musical supporting players. With their help, the musical expressiveness of the band has been raised to a new level. The discipline and skilll of the supporting players have been a great inspiration for our musicians. It is a case reversed integration that has been a good experience for all of us. Several supporting players have also acted as assisting conductors. Several students from the Norwegian Academy og Music have been helping us, and thereby gained valueble experience for their studies. The band has always made an effort to be visible in the local environment. We have had concerts in churches, festivals, Christmas arrangments, representations, and in participation with other bands and choirs. We have travelled a lot and have had concerts in France, Spain and on the Faroe Islands. Our repertoire has always been specially arranged for this band, but its basic can be found in both popular music as well as traditional janissary music.