Drums and flags of San Gimignano
The group Drums was born in San Gimignano 2001 inside of the "Knights of St. Fina", from the need to have the same group of drums scandisse time for the historical procession.
It consists of 18 elements that play three different types of drums, due to the interaction of which can create rhythms and sounds impressive. The drums are made of wood with tie in hemp rope and skins from flying donkey and are played with the head of cloth.
Born with simple, but fundamental, role to support and manage the procession chanting the step, over time has evolved thanks to the, the passion and all'affiatamento of its components, expanding its repertoire with new rhythms and some choreography, in order to be able to offer a greater variety of sounds, colors and moods.
Today, the group plays its original role within the Association, especially in the days of the annual reenactment "Harvest Holidays" during which you can hear the drums and the four trumpets, For several years collaborating with the group, playing in the streets of the city almost every moment of the day; but has taken part over the years to many historical events that took place in other cities in Italy and abroad. One in all the German town of Meersburg, Lake Constance, twinned with San Gimignano, where a Medieval Festival takes place every year in which the group participates in a number of years gaining acclaim.
The group of flag-waving of the Knights of St. Fina was born in 2013 and becomes an integral part of the Drummers, together forming the group "Drums and flags of San Gimignano", with its own standard bearer.
The group of flag-waving wearing the monture 13 century, their style is close to the military movements of the Middle Ages.
The flag-wavers were born in the late twelfth century as "markers" during the war. The presence of the municipal flag among the troops was a sign of civic pride and expressed a need for tactical, as a reference point during the fight. The flag-wavers, in fact, needed to communicate with departments through launches and waving of banners, indicating, in this way, the most propitious moment for attack, movements to be carried out with the troops and the important phases of the battle, according to a precise code. The cloth of the flag was made with a strip of cloth or leather in different colors and multiple, in such a way that the flag-waving could be recognized by their own troops.
The handling of the flags was entrusted to good soldiers who had the task of defending its own banner to the death. They had to be faithful, discrete and clever as well as educated in different languages to communicate with the enemies on the battlefield. If the enemy captured flag waver, these, in spite of violence and torture, he must not reveal the secrets and the signals that he jealously guarded. Military academies and military colleges of education was taught "the art of banner maneggiar", because the Lords of Italy saw in this a core of defenders useful to maintain their principality.
In the courts of the great Italian GAAP was frequently the exercise of flag games to entertain the knights and ladies.