The craziest band
in the world.
The origins of
this wacky band.
The story of La Racchia is long and so full of anecdotes that we should write a book to tell them all, which luckily has already been done.
The adventures of the Racchi, as the members of the band are called, have been carefully handed down from father to son, printed on paper in the dialectal poems of Egidio Mariotti, and transformed into drawings by the skilful Lando Marzialetti. Today they are part of the Sarnese folk culture and telling them all at once would not do them justice. This is why we would prefer to dedicate an entire section of our blog to La Racchia and their most popular anecdotes.
Here, we settle for telling you about the events that have marked its origin and evolution making it famous in Italy and Europe.
It all starts at the beginning of the Thirties: Sarnano is still very far from being a tourist site. Six young students of the music school of Maestro Gianvittorio Serrandrei founded a small musical band and ironically call it “La Racchia”, which in local jargon is used to indicate an ugly woman. The six musicians are then joined by several friends who, not knowing how to play but wanting to bring some joy and festivity at parties, start using old kitchen utensils to drive the beat and make some noise.
But the adventure of this strange group ends soon: exactly when the invitation cards to parties were replaced by call-to-arms letters, sucking all the joy into the greyness of the war.
A timeless symbol
imbued with the spirit of Sarnano.
Today, La Racchia is more than 60 years old, and, even if almost 80 years have passed since its first line-up, it is still as exuberant and lively as it was on its first day. More than 400 people have played in this group. For many, it is a family business spanning three generations. For others, it represents a phase of life, but for everyone it is unforgettable.
La Racchia is the story of how a joke showcased Sarnano in half of Europe, making it known as the home country of these weird musicians and their absurd instruments.
La Racchia is the expression of the Sarnanese spirit: a bit chaotic but always bright, ironic, and able to smile despite everything.
La Racchia is the symbol of a community always ready to reinvent itself, nurturing its own roots with irony.