04 June 2009

IDF Music groups

تنسيق-الكليات-لعام سكس نيك كس

The IDF has several traveling music groups to entertain the troops.

The origins of the IDF's military bands begin with the troupe called "Mi Ein Ze" ('From Where is That'), which entertained the Jewish soldiers of the Jewish Brigade during the Second World War. That band was succeeded by the "Chizbatron" troupe of the Palmach, which existed during the period of the War of Independence.

The first IDF band was that of the Nachal infantry brigade - "Lahakat ha'Nachal" - established in 1951. It achieved success quickly by introducing a younger and fresher approach to traditional Israeli folk music up to that time, and it's influence spread broadly as former members subsequently formed commercial bands which pursued music in a similar style to that of the Nachal Band. Given the centrality and Zionist symbolism of the army in the years following the victory of 1948, many of Israel's finest songwriters and producers contributed material to the IDF bands, such as Nomi Shemer, Chaim Hefer and Yossi Banai. The first decades of the military bands, particularly the Nachal Band, produced a generation of future music stars, including Yehoram Gaon, Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch and others. The apex of the bands' creativity and influence was probably the period between the victory of the 1967 Six Day War and the period of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

With the changing tastes in Israeli music and the sobering aftermath of the Yom Kippur War, the influence and vitality of the military bands waned. In 1983 the Chief of Staff, Rafael Eitan, disbanded the troupes saying that they were no longer reaching out to the ordinary soldier. Two years later the bands were resurrected, although after a brief time their presence again waned.

Different bands which have existed:
The Nachal Band
The Northern Command Variety Ensemble
The Central Command Variety Ensemble
The Southern Command Variety Ensemble
The Navy Variety Ensemble
The Air Force Variety Ensemble
The Artillery Corps Band
The Education Corps Band
The Field Corps Band
The Armoured Female Recruits Band
The Border Guard Band
The Golani Spirit Team
The Nachal Spirit Team
The Combat Engineer Spirit Team
The Parachute Brigade Spirit Team

There is even a Troupe from the IDF Rabbinate that caters to strictly Orthodox IDF Servicemen.

Today there are several bands, orchestras, and song troupes in existence.

Here are a few video's.

Added at the request of a reader

Full text of the words in several languages here

Lots more here


Daniel Clay Russ said...

Nice blog. I have a sister who lives in Yerushalayim. She is very frum, unlike me.

That said, i thought I would onvite you over to my new military history blog:


it's new and I plan to write about Israel soon.

Anonymous said...

my favorites are these:

Ma Avarech (im sure you know it though)


kashe li!


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