7 Hills Renaissance Wind Band
During the Renaissance, small wind instrument bands were the premier professional ensembles in cities throughout western Europe. Called "waytes" in England, "piffari" in Italy, "Stadtpfeiffern" in the Germanic countries, and "ministriles" in Spain, these ensembles played an important part in civic events and church services, and performed a wide range of repertoire drawn from both vocal and instrumental sources. Each musician was expected to perform fluently on more than one instrument, and this gave the wind band a flexibility that made them suitable for almost any occasion. Playing on modern copies of historical instruments, the 7 Hills Renaissance Wind Band presents a program of diverse wind music from Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Low Countries in the era between 1450 and 1600, coupled with introductions of the different instruments and commentary about the life and role of the professional musician in Renaissance Europe.