Ukrainian marches performed by brass bands are not lollipops – they are pleasant things, which do not stick to your hands. What do we need a march for? The answer is simple – we need it for good spirits. What do we need a brass instrument for? We need it for our souls to feel free, even notwithstanding bodily shackles. Moreover, the sounding of a brass band itself brings the feeling, or presentiment, of some kind of a holiday, elation of spirits and body. It is not that while listening to such music you automatically feel an unconscious desire to start marching along the central street of a city. Still, it possesses some kind of charm peculiar only to it. Why not to square shoulders and to twirl moustaches, even if you do not have them? Sometimes we have a holiday tete-a-tete, sometimes we have a holiday for everybody - this music suits exactly the second one. It suits the holiday during which you gladly greet every unknown person you meet in the street only because you feel glad. By the way, these marches are so melodious that you can easily dance at them. These marches are not without reason Ukrainian.
Anton Yozhyk Leyba (Hedgehog)