Sicily Beats to Its Own Drum

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Bass drummer, during the Festa del Santissimo Crocifisso in Calatafimi-Segesta, Sicily. The “Feast of the Holy Cross” takes place every 5 or 7 years, depending on the devotees’ resources. Processions featuring creative floats and music take place the first 3 days of May. The last Feast was held in 2012. Community-based wind and drum ensembles are an important component of Sicily’s small-town social culture. 

(Photo Credit: Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta).

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