STRAIGHT UP TO HEAVEN

Ischgl’s band has a very long history – and every bit as much success. The band celebrated the end of winter on the Idalpe with an enthusiastic audience. Trisanna has all the facts and pictures of the band, which is on its way from Ischgl to brass band heaven.

1Ischgl’s brass band was first documented in 1852. The band’s musical director since 2015 is Thomas Jehle, and Dietmar Walser is its spokeperson.

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Ischgl’s band currently comprises 78 active musicians, seven sutlers and two ensigns. The average age of the group is 29. There are around 40 rehearsals with the whole band each year, as well as smaller rehearsals for the individual sections. The band marches out together around forty times a year.

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In 2018, the municipality of Ischgl built a spacious rehearsal venue for the brass band in the form of the St Nikolaus cultural centre – including a recreation room and many other club rooms.

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During the summer months, a weekly summer concert is held each Thursday in the pavilion in Ischgl. The musical high points of the year are the by now traditional New Year concert in the Silvretta Center in Ischgl, and the “MK-Ischgl on the mountain” concert on Idalpe (see the photos below).

5 At the Konzertwertungsspiel concert competition in May 2017, Ischgl’s brass band won first prize in Class C.

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The band have performed in their current traditional uniform since 1908. This consists of lederhosen, white socks with a special stitched design, and traditional shoes. The yellow bib is decorated with hand-embroidered blue flowers. A blue silk tie and a blue jacket complete the picture for the men in Ischgl’s brass band, who wear a felt top hat on their heads.

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The ladies in the brass band wear the original Paznaun traditional costume. Ischgl’s band has only been dazzling in this golden splendour for the past six years. The bib is laced and decorated with artistic hand-embroidered flowers. The apron is gold-coloured, and the jackets match those of the men. The ladies’ hats are identical to those of the men.