Wind bands


Description

Almost every Swiss village, town and city in Switzerland has its own wind band. They come in all shapes and forms, and they boast widely diverse repertoires - from "Harmoniemusik" to traditional brass band music, right up to fanfares (brass) and "fanfare mixte" (wind and brass) – which ensure that they continue to attract younger generations to their ranks. The tradition of wind bands dates back to the end of the 18th century and has its origins in the army. Before long though, a growing number of civilians fell under the charms of this musical practice and began to form their own bands. Prior to the proliferation of youth music schools which began in the 1960s, wind bands in Switzerland tended to be part of local music societies offering children and teenagers the chance to learn to play a musical instrument. In 1862 Switzerland became the first country in Europe to establish a national wind band federation, the "Eidgenössischer Musik-Verein", or the "Schweizer Blasmusikverband" (Swiss Wind Band Association), as it is now known. Founded in Olten, it coordinates the activities of its members, totalling some 2,000 wind band clubs and societies. Every five years it stages the "Eidgenössische Musikfest" (national wind band contest) which attracts more than 20,000 musicians from across Switzerland.

Image gallery

  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: street music. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: a solitary trumpet player awaiting the arrival of his fellow musicians. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: a welcome relief for tired feet. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: greeting spectators. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: crowds of onlookers gather. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: marching music. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: an orderly procession during the marching music contest. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: marching music with choreography. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: the bedrock of music. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: a sea of flags © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: on stage. © swiss-image.ch/Jolanda Flubacher
  • An impromptu jam session. © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: a semi-circle formation. © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: standing at attention © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: a young conductor at work. © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: what a joy! © swiss-image.ch/Jolanda Flubacher
  • Open-air performance by the Swiss Air Force military band at the Kornhaus, Bern. © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • Open-air concert by the TerReg 2 military band during the Patrouille des Glaciers in Verbier. © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • The 11th armoured brigade military band on parade, Wangen an der Aare. © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • Fanfarabrigatafanteriamontagna 9 at a concert in Lugano © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • The Fanfare of brigade infanterie 2 in concert, Cossonay (canton of Vaud). © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • Young wind ensemble © Siegfried Aulbach
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: street music. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: a solitary trumpet player awaiting the arrival of his fellow musicians. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: a welcome relief for tired feet. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: greeting spectators. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: crowds of onlookers gather. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: marching music. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: an orderly procession during the marching music contest. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: marching music with choreography. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2006 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, Lucerne: the bedrock of music. © swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: a sea of flags © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: on stage. © swiss-image.ch/Jolanda Flubacher
  • An impromptu jam session. © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: a semi-circle formation. © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: standing at attention © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: a young conductor at work. © swiss-image.ch/Sebastian Derungs
  • 2011 Eidgenössisches Musikfest, St. Gallen: what a joy! © swiss-image.ch/Jolanda Flubacher
  • Open-air performance by the Swiss Air Force military band at the Kornhaus, Bern. © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • Open-air concert by the TerReg 2 military band during the Patrouille des Glaciers in Verbier. © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • The 11th armoured brigade military band on parade, Wangen an der Aare. © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • Fanfarabrigatafanteriamontagna 9 at a concert in Lugano © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • The Fanfare of brigade infanterie 2 in concert, Cossonay (canton of Vaud). © Centre of Competence for Military Bands
  • Young wind ensemble © Siegfried Aulbach

References and documentation

Publications
  • Brigitte Bachmann-Geiser: Die Volksmusikinstrumente der Schweiz (Handbuch der europäischen Volksmusikinstrumente Serie I, Band 4). Leipzig, 1981

  • Walter Biber: Von der Bläsermusik zum Blasorchester. Geschichte der Militärmusik und Blasmusik in der Schweiz. Luzern, 1995

  • Robert Blaser-Egli: Das Blasmusikwesen. In: Schweizer Musikbuch (Band 1). Ed. Willi Schuh. Zürich, 1939, p. 281-298

  • Walter Bossard et al.: Nachwuchsprobleme in Schweizer Blasmusikvereinen. Ed. Hochschule Luzern. Luzern, 2004 (www.hslu.ch/download/m/forschung/nachwuchsp_blasmusik_ch.pdf)

  • Brass Band. Internationale Fachzeitschrift für Brass Band und Blechbläser. Wiedlisbach, 1988– (http://www.bb-zeitschrift.ch)

  • Gabriela Mattmann: Die Roten und die Schwarzen. Die Gemeinde Rain und ihre Musikvereine (Zürcher Beiträge zur Alltagskultur 11). Ed. Volkskundliches Seminar der Universität Zürich. Zürich, 2002

  • Dieter Ringli: Musikverein. In: Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz. Bern, 2011 (http://www.hls-dhs-dss.ch/textes/d/D11894.php)

  • Schweizer Blasmusikverband (Ed.): Unisono. Die Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Blasmusik. Aarau, 1911-

  • Wolfgang und Armin Suppan: Das Blasmusik-Lexikon. Kraichtal, 2009 (5. Auflage des Lexikons des Blasmusikwesens)

  • Otto Zurmühle: Das schweizerische Blasmusikwesen. In: Musica Aeterna (Band 2). Zürich, 1949, p. 289-307

Documentation
  • Blasmusik

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