The Fijo Festival has always been connected with many personalities from the public life of the region and Czech wind music. To the founders of the festival belong f.e. Václav Kučera – the conductor who led the Youth Wind Orchestra of Cheb for many years, or Jaroslav Kohout, an important organizer of this festival and a big propagator of brass music. Among famous personalities who have cooperated on the festival are the music composer Jindřich Praveček, whose music piece „Flags, flaunt!“ became the theme of the festival. Czech wind music has its base not only in the perfect musicians, but in the authors, who have become famous in our republic and all over the world, as well. In the past two years of the FIJO festival the attention of the organizers focused mainly on significant anniversaries of some authors. We could not omit the fact that Jaromír Vejvoda´s polka „Škoda lásky“ became the top hit of the century; therefore, the show „The Aces of Czech Wind Music“ which was a part of the FIJO festival 2000 at the Cheb Castle focused on such extraordinary success. The son of Jaromír Vejvoda, Josef Vejvoda, a bandmaster, composer and famous jazz musician, accepted the invitation for this evening. The cooperation with Josef Vejvoda, whose music part „March 2000“ sounded under his baton during the closing ceremony of the festival at Cheb Stadium, proceeded to the next year when it reached its height by the show (again at the Cheb Castle) „Three Kings from the Year Two“ in participation of Vejvoda´s band. The year 2002 was remarkable, in the music world, for many round anniversaries. Thanks to very strange fate, three important personalities of Czech wind music were born 100 years ago: JOSEF PONCAR, KAREL VACEK and JAROMÍR VEJVODA. PERSONALITIES (SHORT PROFILES)
Josef Poncar – born on March 14, 1902 Czech music composer, mainly of wind music. Among many dance parts the most popular are especially polkas (When I´ll Go to the Army, Little Ann, Of Chodouň, Through Two Villages, The Lorrette Bells), mazurkas and waltzes (The evening of May, The Sorrow of Heart).
Karel Vacek – born on March 21, 1902 Czech music composer, player of the wind music instruments, esp. the trumpet and a singer, member of Osvobozené divadlo (theatre) in 1935 – 1938, founded his own orchestra in 1940 and its public performances in Prague and in other places during the occupation had political significance. The author of dance and march songs (You Beautiful Gypsy Woman, The Fairy Tale of Youth Will Never Come Back, Four Pairs of White Horses), out of which some of them have become folk songs.'
Jaromír Vacek – born on march 28, 1902 Czech folk bandmaster and composer, led his own band for which he composed esp. polkas (Oh, dear love, Once,twice, If the music wasn´t here). The author of world-famous music part Škoda lásky (originally The Polka of Modřany, in English Beer Barrell Polka), which became an unofficial anthem of all army troops in the battle fields of the Second World War.