Leading the way

Norwegian korps (bands) are an important part of 17th of May celebrations in Norway By: Heidi Håvan Grosch Just as in any small-town 4th of July parade in United (many older Norwegians, when speaking Norwegian, refer to the United States that way), no 17th of May parade would be complete without a school band (skolekorps) and or adult band (voksenkorps). So I asked Terje Stene, local band director and winner of the 2012 Trøndelag director of the year award for his thoughts. Bands as we know them began in the 1850s in Prussia to showcase military music, and Norway quickly jumped on the bandwagon, forming amateur corps throughout the country (with men only). “At first the
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