He has worked for nearly 50 years in the band, out of which 35 as a conductor. Thanksgiving in 1965, he dedicated himself to working with children, setting up and conducting a fanfare of students. All of us who are currently active in the fanfare have been trained since the general school by Mr. Mersici, he has made us love the singing.
Many times I say that out of respect for the memory of these two personalities, we today gather together to delight the community with the sound of the fanfare, claims the most experienced fanfarer, Cornel Ardelean.
The fanfare not only delighted the Ghelari community for years. Through the 1940s, the young musicians made a trip across the country to collect the necessary funds to raise the Orthodox Church of the "Archangels Michael and Gabriel" from the village of Ghelari.
"In 1942 when the contraction of the" Forest Cathedral "had already begun, and the walls had reached a man's head, they had no money to continue the work. Then, Joseph Mersici organized and led the pilgrimage through the country to raise money for building the church. He has performed numerous concerts throughout the country, from Timișoara to Sibiu and Cluj, even to have a concert on the stage of the Athenaeum and in the Romanian Radio-Television studios. They gathered enough money so that the works could continue until 1945 when the works were stopped again. This time, because of the Communist persecution, priest Nerva, another man who supported everything he could fanfare, fell prey to", says Cornel Ardelean.
Tradition goes further
After the closure of the mining in the Ghelari area, many people were left without a source of income, so they had to leave the village to earn their living elsewhere, the number of fanfarers decreasing considerably. But the fanfare goes on, thanks to the 16 members who do their job well, and their notoriety is known in many parts of the country.
2. Forest dance formation
3. Children group 1-4 PADUREANCA
The Museum (not classified) of the Orthodox Church, which houses a collection of exceptional value: an ancient church book from the 18th to 19th centuries, painted pictures representing church personalities who fought for unity of faith and nation, popular costumes, religious ritual pieces.
Visits on request.
Collection of sculptures (PANORAMA boarding house).