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Meet the band: Valaisia Brass Band

Valaisia Brass Band: Enchanté!

Valaisia Brass Band was formed in 2008, in the canton of Valais, in the French speaking part of Switzerland.

The band is composed of established musicians from the region, as well as very young players, products of the thriving Valaisan brass band scene. The ensemble counts in its ranks several Valaisan and Swiss solo champions.

Valaisia Brass Band took part in the Swiss Nationals for the first time in 2008. It won the top section title in 2009, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2013, the band won the Swiss Open Contest in Lucern.

Last year, Valaisia Brass Band made history by becoming the first band from the continent to win the British Open, with founding conductor Arsène Duc receiving the Harry Mortimer conductor prize.

2018 will see Valaisia Brass Band representing Switzerland for the 4th time in the European Championship. After a 3rd rank in 2016 in Lilles and a runner up in Ostende last year, the musicians and are looking forward to carrying the Swiss flag high at the EBBC in Utrecht.

When was your band founded?
In 2008

How many times did you compete in EBBC?
4 times, in 2010, 2016, 2017

How many times did you win EBBC?
Never

What was your best ranking in EBBC?
2nd place last year in Ostende

What is the age of your youngest band member?
20 years old

What is the age of your eldest band member?
54 years old

What will be the most exceptional thing about your programme?
The exceptional thing about our programme is that you can say that Valaisia brass band is kind of a ‘project’ band.

Is there anything you would like the audience to know?
Because we are a project band, this allows the musicians to stay in their village band and devote the whole musical season with them without having a programme which is to fully charged. In the Valley there is still a strong tradition of village bands and we encourage the our musicians to stay with their bands and this way the music movement and local bands benefit from the experience the players get from playing in our band on big stages.

http://www.valaisiabrass.ch

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