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Bopping to the bamboo beat

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It's a tradition that started in the Philippines during the Revolution in 1896.

The first bamboo bands were revolutionaries who made their own instruments and played patriotic musical pieces while fighting for independence from Spain.

Today their descendents keep "musikong bumbong" or "bamboo music" alive making piccolos, tubas, clarinets, flutes and saxophones out of bamboo.

One group of young Filipino students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines has taken bamboo music global with their "Banda Kawayan"or "Bamboo Band" featured at the end of this video.

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