Returning Music Where it Belongs: T-Shirt Campaign Launches for Petrinja Wind Orchestra

Daniela Rogulj

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An earthquake doesn’t ask which building to tear down; family houses, administration buildings, hospitals… It doesn’t matter; it destroys everything that is in its way. Petrinja – a town, a home, and a place of many beautiful things that are now lost due to this earthquake (but not forever). The list of buildings that now lay in ruins is pretty long. The home of the wind orchestra of “GLG Petrinja” can also be found on this list. Unfortunately, working conditions weren’t great, but we never gave up. We were happy that we had a place where we could create and make others happy with our music. Although it wasn’t at its best, these walls were our everything: a place of laughter, happiness, joy, a place where you make friends, have great rehearsals, celebrations, gatherings… everything! Between these walls, you could find a different way of life. A life that not everyone gets a chance to experience. We are heartbroken because that place was a home to us and numerous other members that grew up inside those walls. That building is now useless. The orchestra has lost its home. That family with many children has lost everything… Music hasn’t yet surrendered completely, but it is a question of time. All of you who know how and when orchestral music is made, precisely music created by “GLG Petrinja,” please help us in any way you can. Together we can restore that little bit of beauty that makes Petrinja known. Help us return the smiles that our music brought to the faces of our citizens. All for one musician, and one musician for all… that is where our strength and power lay.

The pure hearts of Croatians far and wide shine brightest in times of crisis, which we have seen on display in the aftermath of the Petrinja earthquake. While many channels for donations have opened in the last two weeks, a new t-shirt campaign has begun by Petrinja musicians to help repair the damage to the GLG Petrinja building. 

Namely, founded in 1808, GLG Petrinja is one of the oldest wind orchestras in Croatia. There are currently more than 60 active members, and several Petrinja citizens have played in the orchestra at some point. GLG Petrinja’s current conductor is Josip Kapović from Metkovič, a tuba player in the Croatian Armed Forces Band.

TCN spoke to one of the campaign organizers and GLG Petrinja members, Iva Petračić, about how the idea and design came about. 

“My friend Vrban suggested that we make the shirts when he called me after the earthquake. I came up with the design with a few others that helped. A friend offered to assist with the graphic design, and now the shirt is here. I had all of the support from my orchestra and we really hope this will spread and that people will buy the shirt,” said Petračić.

Along with the design, the t-shirt reads ‘Vratimo glazbu tamo gdje pripada’ (returning music where it belongs) with the time and date of the earthquake reflected. 

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T-shirts cost 100 kuna each, and all proceeds will go directly to the GLG Petrinja.


For more on the Petrinja earthquake and to see how you can donate money, food, humanitarian, sanitary, and material aid, follow our dedicated section.



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