About the bagpipe bands in Postřekov

Bagpipe groups had undoubtedly an important position in social events of Chodsko villages in the19th century. Firstly remembered bagpiper frome those times was Jan Kuttenberg, called Kubnác. He played the bellows bagpipes with Postřekov violin player Bartoloměj Sladký Matyjdl or Díly Drancal (term of a very passionate musician) Jakub Zahořík. Sometimes they were accompanied by violin player and clarinetist Josef Kuneš, nicknamed Sef Kodrda. Although the latter rised to fame particularly by founding a small brass band in 1880s, which later became a basis of the famous brass band of the masonry association, led by excellent clarinetist and composer Štěpán Volfík, who was also said to play with bagpipers from time to time.

There was a period of quiet for bagpipes in Postřekov after the World War One. Up to 1932 when Jiří Kajer, a teacher and bagpiper married into Postřekov, founded a Chodsko band. The other fine clarinetists playing with him were brothers Karel and Jiří Frišholc from Trhanov and local violinist Oldřich Královec. They accompanied primarily Postřekov ethnographic group established already in 1926 which Kajer enlarged into a bigger ensemble in 1933. He was transferred to Touškov in 1935 and later to Pilsen which caused a restriction on activities of the band whose head he was. Therefore Josef Kuželka, a music teacher, organist, and clarinetist from Klenčí, founded a new bagpipe group. Bb clarinet was taken over by František Schürer from Mlýnec, the bagpipe playing was quickly learnt by flugelhorn player, singer, and dancer Antonín Kuželka and the violin was undertaken by idling Oldřich Královec. Their activities were ceased by the World War Two.

frišholcova /trhanovská/ muzika But after its end the original Kajers bagpipe band was performing again, they even made a record with four Chodsko songs published by Ultraphon in 1946. Since the leader and bagpiper Jiří Kajer was still living and working in Pilsen and Oldřich Královec moved to Prague as early as 1938, Frišholc brothers invited to the band Jakub Jahn from Zdanov in early 1950s, and Josef März, a teacher and violinist from Klenčí. Soon other two players came: bagpiper František Wimmer and violinist František Říha from Domažlice. The band was renamed to Frišholc (or Trhanov) Bagpipe Band. In that time Karel Frišholc ended his playing the Es clarinet and so his brother Jiří, younger by eight years, took over the smaller clarinet and engaged his son Jirka in the larger one. They were playing in that set until 1958.

postřekovská muzika In the following year primirily the bagpipe band from Cultural House in Horšovský Týn, led by bagpiper Heřman Menza cooperated with Postřekov ethnographic group. But by then a new band was ganging up, getting ready by Vladimír Baier from Chodsko Cultural House in Domažlice, following instructions from Zdeněk Bláha, an editor in Pilsen radio, to take part in the national radio competition for newly formed folk bands. The clarinets were played by Jaroslav Kuželka (he became the leader) and Jan Pitner there, the violins by Josef Kapic and Karel Kuželka from Díly, the bagpipes by Jakub Jahn from Zdanov and local player Jindřich Šleis, double bass by Jindřich Šimek from Šitboř. After a short time Bb clarinetist Pitner was changed by Jan Kuželka from Klenčí and violinist Karel Kuželka by younger brother of mentioned Oldra Královec, Štěpán. In 1980s also Jiřina Holoubková played the violin and her husband Jan the bagpipe. Both performed in a local small country band called The Drancals in the years 1982- 1992 as well, it was founded and led by Vladimír Baier, Es clarinet player from Domažlice. It must not be forgotten to mention that there was a good children bagpipe band performing then too.

drancalové In 1988 new clarinetists Bedřich Kůst and Jaroslav Kuneš came to the group of adults. Bagpiper Holoubek turned to the double bass since. Only bagpiper Šleis remained with the old bunch, later followed by young Richard Vísner. The set was changing again between 1991 and 1993. Young Domažlice musicians Karel Bečvář and Josef Stočes appeared at the clarinets, counterbalanced by the violins of Marie Řezníčková and Antonín Kuželka junior from Postřekov. Sometimes Helena Vítková from Poběžovice played the violin too.

In the years 1993-1996 clarinets were played by a father and son duo Jan and Jaroslav Řezníček and then there was another period of changes, when several young musicians not only from Postřekov appeared for a short time. From the beginning of the third millenium the following have been playing permanently: Roman Kalous-Es clarinet, Jan Hrbáček-Bb clarinet, Pavel Ježek violin, and Jan Holoubek- double bass. Richard Vísner is the leader. They are very good and long may they keep together!

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