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Turkish traditional music band (Mehter) ready for performance in Ottoman costumes on May 23, 2010 in Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey. Mehter band very popular in festivals in Turkey.
For centuries, Mehter marching band accompanied the ottoman army as it marched into the battle instilling confidence, strength and courage into it's soldiers while striking terror into the hearts of it's enemies.The Mehter music, which utilized Turkish folk instruments, principally drum and zurna ( The shrill Obue-like wind instrument ), symbolized sovereignty and independence.