Newland Concert Brass – Fanfaren-Korps Neheim-Hüsten e. V.

by Klaus Alteköster

Signing the Partnership Certificate in the Kaim Park Hotel, 1989

Signing the Partnership Certificate in the Kaim Park Hotel, 1989

It began in 1988, when the Fanfaren­Korps Neheim­-Hüsten was asked by the Hochsauerlandkreis whether they didn’t want to look after a Scottish brass band during their HSK visit in July. This happened after a Scotland visit of the Fanfaren­Korps in 1983 (to the Boghall Bathgate Pipe Band) and their Scotland tour in June 1988. Being excited by the mentioned idea, the Fanfaren­Korps accompanied the Newland Concert Brass that has only been founded one year earlier during their stay in HSK and at the Möhnesee. They visited Cologne, the Lantern Festival in Eslohe, the Fort Fun adventure park and the Dortmund Westfalenpark. Close friendships between the members of the bands developed quickly and they contemplated on how the two ensembles can stay in touch with each other. The result was the deci­sion to found a partnership between the Newland Concert Brass and the Fanfaren­Korps Neheim­-Hüsten.

Newland Concert Brass delegation at the 40th anniversary of the Fanfaren-Korps, 1996.

Newland Concert Brass delegation at the 40th anniversary of the Fanfaren-Korps, 1996.

In the following year, 1989, a delegation of the Fanfaren­Korps board travelled to Bathgate for offcially signing the partnership certifcate. The formal signing took place in an offcial ceremony held in the Kaim Park Hotel. And before the end of the stay, a Fanfaren­-Korps visit in Bathgate for the following year was agreed on. Therefore at Whitsun in 1990, the Neheim­-Hüsteners travelled to Scotland for an 11­day journey to cultivate the new partnership.

Fanfaren-Korps Neheim-Hüsten at the 150th Bathgate Procession, 2008.

Fanfaren-Korps Neheim-Hüsten at the 150th Bathgate Procession, 2008.

On the way back from Scotland, the Fanfaren­Korps still stopped in Remscheid­-Lennep to participate in the Schützenfest (German marksmen’s festival) parade. In 1991, the Scottish musicians visited Neheim again and in 1994, the Fanfaren­Korps participated once more in the Bathgate Procession that traditionally takes place in June. During this visit, they also viewed the Edradour Distillery and Pitlochry, and the new friendships were strengthened furthermore. In the years 1995 and 1998, the Newland Concert Brass visited Neheim to participate in their Schützenfest and Jägerfest respec­tively. In between, in 1996, a delegation of the Scottish brass band came for the 40th anniversary of the Fanfaren­Korps and in 1997, the musicians from Neheim-Hüsten fied to Scotland again, in order to participate in the Bathgate Procession.

Concert of the Newland Concert Brass in the Fort Fun adventure park, 2010.

Concert of the Newland Concert Brass in the Fort Fun adventure park, 2010.

After a Newland Concert Brass visit in 2004, a delegation of the Scottish band participated in the 3­-day festivities in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Neheim­-Hüsten Fanfaren­-Korps in 2006. In the year 2008, the Fanfaren­-Korps went to Scotland again, not only to musically participate in the 150th Bathgate Procession, but also to participate in a parade in Torphichen. Furthermore, the musicians visited Edinburgh and Sterling during their stay. Two years later, in July 2010, the Newland Concert Brass came again to Neheim for a one­week visit. Their program comprised the musical participation in the Schützenfest in Bergheim, a concert in the Fort Fun adventure park and a park visit,  a trip to Cologne and a tour of the Borussia Dortmund  football stadium. Therefore the Fanfaren­-Korps Neheim­-Hüsten and the Newland Concert Brass are united by a deep over­-20­-years friendship, which both bands are very proud of.