Hans Makos

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Hans Makos , actually Johann Makos , (born August 5, 1954 in Weichselbaum , Austria ) is an Austrian musician , music teacher and composer . Makos is the founder and leader of the Makos marching band .


Makos is of Hungarian descent on the paternal side. He came to brass music through a school friend. This persuaded him to attend the rehearsal of the local brass band. After that, Makos decided to learn the Eb trumpet, which served as an accompanying instrument. He learned to play in 1968 from the conductor Julius Tonweber in Mogersdorf. After two months he was deployed in the disengagement of the Tonweber band. At that time it was customary to be used as a musician in a band after a very short period of practice on the instrument. After completing eight years of elementary school, Hans Makos attended the polytechnic course in Jennersdorf. After that, he was helping at the parents' farm for a year and a half, as he had to replace the father, who could not be present for professional reasons. Then he learned the profession of tower crane operator . From the age of 17 to 19 he works as a crane operator in the construction industry. It was during this time that Makos first encountered the flugelhorn.

In 1974 Makos was used for the basic training of the armed forces, which he performed in Güssing (Burgenland). During this time Makos suffered a sports accident. He assessed himself as only an average trumpeter and feared being transferred to military music. For this reason he turned to the military pastor, Monsignore Julius Wallner, who happened to be present. This stood up for him in the military command and brought about his transfer to the military music in Eisenstadt. In April 1974 Makos took part in the Military Music Burgenland for the first time under the direction of military bandmaster Johann Schadenbauer . Makos originally wanted to start playing military music on the Bb trumpet and therefore played on it for the entrance exam.

Johann Schadenbauer found the level to be insufficient and recommended Makos to play the bass trumpet. This instrument didn't appeal to him and he decided to learn the trumpet. He received no support from military music, so Makos was left to his own devices practicing the instrument. In October 1974 he passed the entrance examination at the Vienna Music Academy and began studying as an extraordinary student with Josef Weiß. By disarming the first trumpeter in the military music in the spring of 1975, his position became vacant. Kapellmeister Schadenbauer therefore asks his musicians who would be best suited for the replacement. Impressed by Mako's progress, the musicians voted for him, and so from 1975 until he was disarmed in November 1985, Makos played the first trumpet in the Military Music Burgenland. He interrupted his studies in Vienna after two and a half years because he had to take some military courses. So it came about that Makos continued his studies at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt . There he also completed the Kapellmeister course and also acquired knowledge of harmony. In addition, in 1976 he took over the position of Kapellmeister of the Mogersdorf Music Association.

Makos founded dance music ensembles during the military service and was particularly successful with the Alpine country musicians, which consisted of members of the Burgenland military music. These were mainly played in Oberkrainer line-up ( baritone , clarinet , trumpet , accordion , guitar ). Among other things, Makos got to know the music master of the Guard Music Vienna Josef Höller at this time . As Kapellmeister of the Aspang Band , he occasionally engaged Hans Makos to reinforce the trumpet register for concerts and competitions. Hans Makos was used for the first time at a musicians' meeting in St. Lorenzen (Styria) in the Aspang band.

In 1985, Hans Makos disarmed the Burgenland Military Music in Eisenstadt, became a community servant in Aspang and taught part-time at the Aspang Music School. As the number of his music students grew more and more, he gave up his post as a community servant and concentrated on his work as a music school teacher. He mainly taught trumpeters, but also deep brass, such as tenor horn and tuba .

Makos has been married to Renate since 1980 and has two daughters, Sandra (1984) and Verena (1990).

Works (excerpt)

Hans Makos has been composing since 1974. He learned his skills as a composer by himself.

  • Aspanger Citizens' March
  • On the Winkelmoosalm , polka
  • Burgenland Reise , for 3 trumpets and wind orchestra
  • Greetings to Hussenhofen , march
  • Greetings to southern Burgenland , march
  • Greetings from Mogersdorf , march
  • Good evening , waltz
  • Hans Auerböck March
  • We go on trips with music
  • Music from our homeland
  • Musicians' women , polka
  • Musician drips , polka
  • Soloist trip
  • Summer party , polka
  • Verena , waltz
  • Weichselbaumer polka
  • Confectioners March

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