Musicians flock to Switzerland's annual Alpenhorn festival

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Musicians flock to Switzerland's annual Alpenhorn festival
Alpenhorn players practice near the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players carry their instruments as they walk along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players perform along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players from the French Haute Savoie region walk along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players wearing traditional Swiss outfits stand near the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players line up before performing along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players from the French Haute Savoie region chat after performing along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
An alpenhorn player carries his instrument near the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players from the French Haute Savoie region perform along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Men carry Swiss flags near the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players, along with traditional flag twirlers, gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players perform along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn player Rolf Birchler, from Geneva, Switzerland, talks to a fellow musician along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorns are laid on the ground along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
An alpenhorn player wearing a traditional Swiss tunic poses for a photograph along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players prepare to perform along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players prepare to perform along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
A woman wearing a traditional outfit sits in a field as she listens to alpenhorn players perform along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players perform along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
Alpenhorn players perform along the Lac de Tracouet, situated 2200 meters (7220 feet) above sea level in Haute-Nendaz, canton of Valais, Switzerland, Sunday, July 26, 2015. More than 200 alpenhorn players gathered in Nendaz on Sunday to perform as an ensemble in the Alpenhorn Festival. (AP Photo/David Azia)
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Hundreds of talented musicians gather in the Swiss Alps every July for the annual Alpenhorn festival. Although the origin of the instrument is unknown, the large horn has become a staple of Swiss culture. The cornerstone of the three-day event is an ensemble played by the 400-plus attendees. Take a look above at the incredible photos of the event taken by photographer David Azia.

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