Anglo-German friendships renewed

Discussion in 'The Auditorium - Concert Details' started by Lisa, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. Lisa

    Lisa Member


    Gillingham band are busy preparing for the arrival of their friends from the German Hille Musikzug band this weekend. This is a bi-annual trip in which the two bands alternate between visits to England and Germany, staying with the families of the hosting band. Gillingham band are very proud of the relationship they have with the Hille band; in the twenty four years that this exchange has been taking place many long standing friendships have been made.

    Hille Musikzug Band
    The origin of the Hille Musikzug band lies in a rifle club which was founded in 1911 with the name "Viktoria" Hille after the English Queen. In 1957 a fanfare group was formed. In 1967 this fanfare group was re-formed into a band which is known by its present title. The band, which is a member of the Federal Association of German Wind and Folk Music Bands, consists of approximately 40 members aged from 10 years to 70 years old. Hille is a large district and has about the same population as Gillingham. It is situated in the state of Westphalia, the district being Minden - Lubbeke. Like Gillingham, the area is mainly agricultural.

    Their new website, designed by the band’s electric guitar player Ivo Vorrath, can be viewed at

    Activities Planned
    The schedule of events for the weekend will start on Friday evening when the Hille band will arrive at 5.00pm, to a welcoming party, in our newly converted band function room. After a day trip to Longleat on Sunday, which will include a small concert, the bands will head back to Gillingham and unwind with an evening barn dance. On Monday, after a day trip to Shearwater, the bands will say their farewells at a leaving party in the Olive Bowl of Gillingham.

    Festive Concert
    The highlight of the visit will be the joint concert given by Hille and Gillingham bands, on Saturday 17th June, 7.00pm at Gillingham School.
    The Hille band will open the concert, playing a selection of music, including arrangements of popular tunes from bands such as the Beach Boys and Queen, as well as traditional German folksongs.
    Gillingham Band’s half of the concert programme will include an arrangement of Lord of the Dance by 2nd trombone player, Jane Borsuk. They will close their half of the concert with Philip Sparke’s arrangement of Highland Suite, featuring several soloists in the band: Natalie White (Flowerdale); Julie Hipworth (Lairg M); and Malcolm Francis (Summer Isles). Natalie White also recently won tMP’s ‘player of the day’ prize at the Whit Friday contest. The concert will end in a massed band finale.

    As a sign of the continuing friendship Gillingham band will be presenting Hille with pin badges during the concert. These pin badges have both the Hille and Gillingham band crests together as a sign of friendship. These limited edition badges will be on sale during the interval.

    There also will be commemorative DVDs made of this concert which will be on sale in the near future.

    The band would like to thank band manager Nigel Perrin for all of the hard work that he has put into co-ordinating and organising this trip. He has done as fantastic a job this year as he always does.

    Gillingham Imperial Silver Band


    Musikzug Hille Band

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