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Sound of Music
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Herwig Wandschneider
Dick reports...
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German Historical Museum
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Praise after World Cup
Close - but no cigar
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German-built Space Lab
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Dick reports...

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Something to look forward to!

There will be a special attraction ‘with charm and chic’ coming to the Hansa Haus on the 12th of August 2006. It is the "Mädchenmusikzug Neumünster"(MMN). This all female band hails from Neumünster in Schleswig Holstein – the holiday country in the north of Germany.

The orchestra features about 35 girls in the age groups 11 to 25 years. The instruments they entertain with are Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, Tenor Horns, Tubas, Keyboard, Drums and Percussion Instruments. Which makes this group of young ladies, a full-fledged orchestra and the only full-fledged female brass orchestra in Germany and one of legendary quality according to the media.

For over 40 years this all-girl band wowed audiences all over the world. Some of the countries they have visited were China, St. Petersburg, France, Holland, Austria, Belgium, England, Switzerland, Nice, Tunisia, America (at America’s bicentennial ‘Steuben Parade’) and Canada. Locally they travelled all over Germany to enthusiastic receptions wherever they entertained.

Total concerts performed since the beginning - on the 7. July 1961 – over 2225 plus, including television shows. Two records were also cut and published in 1965 and 1967.

The band’s repertoire is very extensive and includes old and new marches, modern pop music and hits, evergreens and potpourris, "Volksmusik", and melodies from operas, operettas, films and musicals – all brilliantly presented to the various local and foreign audiences.

One of the highlights in their history was the fact that Max Schmeling, the Boxer, was inaugurated as honorary President of the band. Schmeling defeated Joe Louis in June 1936 in the 12th round to become world heavyweight champion. He died in 2005 – eight months before his 100th birthday.

Now we have the rare opportunity to enjoy this wonderful band here in Brampton. If you want to know even more about these girls go to their website for more details.


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