Albert Ozlevi with his friends

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bursa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1956
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey

This is a photograph taken in 1956 in Bursa when we went to practice music.These are my friends from the military, from the left Mete, myself, Ibrahim, and Salih. I do not remember the names of the others.We were smoking hooka that day, we said let’s take a picture.When I was young, there were military parades, special celebrations, or independence days in our city. At the time my only hobby was to play  Mi bemol clarinet in the band.  I was an amateur bandmember starting at age 13. When I was in the band we went to practice every evening, after I turned 15, after this paper bag business was done.  There were 7-8 people working in the band. For example, there was someone named Misel Ovadya, he learned trumpet there. My older brother played an instrument resembling the French  horn, it was a blowing instrument but he didn't want to continue. We practiced in the old public building. Every evening, we went there to practice. We learned the musical notes, we had learned the national anthem, the anthem of izmir and such without knowing the first thing about music. I was an apprentice then. They would give us outfits for Liberation day, Independence day, or holidays like May 19th, or April 23rd, and we would play. Especially on Liberation day, they would put an arch for the liberation of Edirne, we, the bandmembers would be right across it. We would play anthems for official parades. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Albert Ozlevi
Interviewer:
Yusuf Sarhon
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2006
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Albert Ozlevi
Year of birth:
1936
City of birth:
Edirne
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Occupation
after WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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