The Carabinieri Music Band and Fanfare


Una immagine dal libro Arma dei CarabinieriThe Carabinieri Band is one of the Corps' many prestigious features, ever-constant yet ever-changing like the Corps itself: at once looking to the future and anchored to its values and traditions. It is known throughout the world for its assorted repertoire, the impeccable execution of its performances and the charm that its musicians produce, with their impressive uniforms, magnificent composure and profound music vocation. Wherever the band performs, they earn success and the votes of the harshest critics. “A band that sounds like a symphony orchestra” or “an orchestra of wind instruments”: these are just two of the experts' flattering comments used to define the Carabinieri Band. All reviews, however, can be summed up in Paolo Monelli words, who has pin-pointed the secret of such perfection in “the fact that these musicians are indeed Carabinieri and show, in the execution of their performances, the big heart and dedication that inspires all Carabiniere in their different tasks”. This complex band traces its roots back to 1820, when for the first time the Royal Carabinieri Corps included a corps of Trumpeters. The ensemble was later transformed into “Fanfara” (1862), “Musica” (in 1894), the “Banda della Legione Allievi Carabinieri” (in 1910) until 1920 - after further changes - when it took on the basis of its current structure. In 1916, after a large number of concerts around Italy, the Band made its international debut in Paris. Since then, it has given concerts in all major European countries, as well as the United States, Israel, Palestine and even in China and Japan, receiving praise everywhere. Public participation at its concerts is one of the many examples of the natural fondness that Italians (and not only) feel for the Carabinieri.

Today, the Carabinieri Band is a complex organisation capable of interpreting the most famous compositions, thanks to its 102 musicians and one archivist, coming from the best Italian music academies and selected through public competitions. From the modern rehearsal room of the band's historical premises, within the Legione Allievi Carabinieri in Rome, different tunes can be heard, from traditional military marches to classical symphonies, to contemporary compositions. Concerts are also prepared here with the meticulous commitment and under the careful guidance of Maestro Director Lieutenant Colonel Massimo Martinelli. His predecessors are the Maestros: Vincenzo Borgia (1972-2000), Domenico Fantini (1947-1972), Luigi Cirenei (1925-1947, who in 1929 wrote the march of ordinance “The Most Faithful”) and Luigi Cajoli (1887-1925).

The musical tradition of the Carabinieri, in addition to the band, is also represented by Fanfare, consisting of 32 elements and inserted into 6 units: the Scuola Marescialli e Brigadieri in Florence, the Legione Allievi Carabinieri in Rome, the Reggimento a Cavallo in Rome and Battaglioni Mobili in Milan, Naples and Palermo.