Fietsorkest - the bicycle brass band

Nothing brightens a day like six musicians in matching uniforms, on one bike: the "Brabants Fietsharmonisch Orkest".

A country known for its attachment to pedal power, it is perhaps unsurprising that this charmingly cheerful orchestra-on-wheels should hail from the Netherlands. The Fietsorkest (lit. 'bicycle orchestra) certainly takes you by surprise when they come rolling round the corner. Two saxophones, a bass drum, a tuba, a trumpet, an accordion, a bicycle bell and a cymbal or two; 6 pedallers, one driver, jaunty music and truly a sight to behold.

Riding a four-metre long six-person tandem, the Fietsorkest has entertained adults and children alike all around Europe, at street festivals, parades, openings of cycle paths and many more. An unforgettable spectacle. Their repertoire includes jazz, ragtime, klezmer, and of course circus music, played with verve and finesse and not a little slapstick humour!

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Fietsorkest's website

Cyclorama saw the Fietsorkest at the Spezi in April 2010 - Watch the video

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