SEVEN DIFFERENT MUSICIANS
ONE OF A KIND ARTICLE
As we move into 2005 the Chicago OTSN each September
remains the number one source for out-sourcing bands. The rarest of these
finds is my WWII bicycle band from the Netherlands; thanks to Michael
Henry a fellow architect/designer from St. Paul Minnesota who speaks German
and has traveled extensively in Europe. On one of these trips he went
to Holland and found the maker of this wonderful 54mm. Dutch band on bicycles.
The cycling regiment was formed during WWII as a mobile infantry in the
brief struggle against Hitler's panzer in 1940. in which the band laid
down its instruments to take up guns. There is no longer a cycling regiment
but in the post war years someone in the Dutch defense department had
the idea of reforming the band. The new band has attained enough popularity
to have been asked to perform in several European cities.
Without a hint of a wobble, they steer with their elbows and play in prefect
time, wheeling around in intricate exercises responding to the shouted
orders of their bandmaster. The band appears to consist of four files
and six to eight ranks depending on who is available. The uniforms still
match those of WWII conscripts to the cavalry regiment.
My toy band consists of 10 figures representing the instruments in the
band such as cymbals, bugles, glockenspiel, side drums, bass drum, horn
and music director. To my knowledge the Dutch maker only made four for
the North American market circa 2000 and I'm lucky enough to have one
of them. I hope you enjoy these pictures.
Until next time Remember the fun is in the search!
TEN PIECE BAND