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Germany Brass Band Back

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd April 2004 03:00 AM

GERMAN brass band, the AAG Big Band, has returned to Uganda. They were last here over Easter 2002 and have returned to perform in Kampala, Kasese, Kabarole, Masaka and Mbarara.

GERMAN brass band, the AAG Big Band, has returned to Uganda. They were last here over Easter 2002 and have returned to perform in Kampala, Kasese, Kabarole, Masaka and Mbarara.

By Juliet Nsiima

GERMAN brass band, the AAG Big Band, has returned to Uganda. They were last here over Easter 2002 and have returned to perform in Kampala, Kasese, Kabarole, Masaka and Mbarara.

AAG Big Band is a student brass band of Albrecht Altdorfer Secondary School in Regensburg, south of Germany.

During their last visit, these young people were impressed by the beauty of the country and its friendly people and vowed to return –– they have kept their promise.

This time round, the band will hold concerts, workshops and give out donations collected from various schools and churches in Regensburg. They will start off with a private concert at the residence of the German Ambassador and head for a tour around the country. They will first visit Masaka and Mbarara. In Mbarara, they will hold a concert on April 6, at the University campus. They will take a break at Queen Elizabeth National Park after which they will hold another concert in Fort Portal at the Gardens Restaurant on April 10.

They will hold a public workshop for all brass musicians on Easter Monday from 9:00am to midday, in cooperation with Ndere Troupe in Ntinda. This will crown their activities in Uganda. Ndere Troupe will hold two workshops for the band to teach them Ugandan drumming and traditional dance.

Otto Vielberth, a music teacher at Albrecht Altdorfer School, founded the band over 30 years ago. Since 1995, it has been lead by his daughter, Barbara Vielberth-Baer. It comprises approximately 50 members in their teens and mid twenties.
Their musical repertoire spans from traditional German folk music, pop, classic movie soundtracks and “brass-band-evergreens.”

Some of the evergreens they played wereHello Dolly by Louis Armstrong and Girl from Ipenema by Stan Gertz.
In 2002, they held concerts in orphanages and schools in Kampala, Luzira prison and Murchison Falls National Park.

At Luzira Prisons, they performed to over a thousand people. This audience was their biggest and most responsive audience.

Germany Brass Band Back

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