Even just the first few notes from the Righteous Brothers’ song “Unchained Melody” never fails to remind us of that iconic scene. The one where Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore sensually make pottery together in the movie “Ghost”. The sultry sound of the Righteous Brothers sets the stage for romance and intimacy in that scene. It’s a popular song. And that scene was a moment of cinema gold.
But has the song found a substantial life outside of the film?
In this video, it certainly has!
In the town of Bremen, Germany several different orchestras all come together to play a combined cover of the song. Needless to say, it’s very moving and they do a fantastic job. Each individual orchestra, as well as the various band members of each, get their moment in the limelight.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes this rendition so special.
If you like people in uniform, then this is the video for you!
The performance starts off with a simple solo trumpet to kick the song off. Gradually, a few other orchestras join in, each with their own particular regalia. Sometimes it seems like military personnel can be a tad on the serious side. I’m not saying that’s true, but I will point you to look at this keyboardist who is NOT mucking about.
The tubas lend their gravitas when they come in.
Technically speaking it’s a sousaphone, as it fits around the band member’s body, but for all intents and purposes, let’s go with tuba. Just keep that sousaphone fact in your back pocket for the next time you need an interesting fact at a party. Or if you want to be a know-it-all at your nephew’s next recital.
Watch out for the drums.
This drummer boy is doing his own purum-pum-pum-pum, but seems to be taking the matter very seriously indeed. Maybe this is like a drill, and anyone who messes up will be subject to intense discipline. Perhaps this is the face of a man hoping to avoid having to do 50 push-ups and running 100 yards?
A little clarinet brings in some tenderness.
When this orchestra joins in, we get to see a taste of what Mr. Clarinet has to offer. The soft timbre of this soothing instrument is just the ticket for such a tender song as this. Surely, the Righteous Brothers would deem this rendition righteous enough.
Seeing all the orchestras all lined up is a sight to behold.
A whole stadium is as good as filled with military orchestral bands. Now that’s one impressive affair! I wonder if they all have to march single file in and out?
Ah, bonjour Monsieur French Horn!
This man, who has arguably the coolest uniform, almost nut-cracker level of lavish, toots on that French horn like a dutiful Christmas band member. Maybe Christmas has come early…in 2002…
And how fun to see such a multicultural event!
As we move across the different orchestras throughout the video you can recognize musicians from many diverse countries. Right on!
Watch the full video below to enjoy this BIG band rendition.
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