Malta Philharmonic Band Clubs
Band clubs in Malta have a special place in the community.
Club followers sing and chant at the village festa while band members dress in dignified suits. Some localities have more than one band club which often results in a colourful rivalry. The band clubs also act as a youth centre as well as a source for young people to learn music for free.
The Maltese band clubs have their roots in the sixteenth century, when drums and flutes often accompanied feasts and processions. Philharmonic societies only came together towards the end of the 19th century when the British Empire’s marching bands played a strong influence.
Today, band clubs decorate the façade of the club in a most colourful and unique way, whilst playing new music. A band usually features 60-70 volunteers and professional players playing a range of woodwind, brass and percussion.