2002 Tour to Germany

 

The South African Navy Bandís first international tour as a whole group was to Germany from 20 January to 4 February 2002. The primary reason for our visit was to participate in the 38th International Music Show of the Nations, Bremen. The show comprised seven performances over four days with an estimated crowd attendance of almost 35,000 people. This was the first time in the history of the Band that we participated in the same arena with eleven other military bands from Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

On completion of the performances in Bremen, we travelled to Neu-Brandenburg for one Tattoo performance. We then made our way to Hamburg for our first overseas concert performance. Here we performed for the shipbuilders who were building the South African Navyís new ships at the time, South African Navy members living in Germany, and their families.

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Our final concert performance on tour was in BŁnde where we held a combined concert with members of the local Shanty Choir. (The Shanty choir is affiliated to the German Naval and Marine Association.)