The Swiss Farmer Band was originally founded in 1993 by a group of Swiss immigrants most of whom, as the name implies, were farmers or involved in farm related businesses. The goal of the founding members was to continue the European brass band music tradition in their new homeland.
Today, the band of around 20 members has diversified and now includes Swiss, German and Canadian musicians alike. They practice weekly in Listowel or Milverton, Ontario, and come from all over southwestern Ontario to do so -- from Cambridge to Moorefield and from Blyth to Grand Valley.
Their lively mix of traditional Swiss, German, and concert music can be heard at various functions throughout the year including, of course, the Swiss National Day Celebration in Monkton, the Christkindl Market in Kitchener, and their annual fall concert and dance held in November of each year in Milverton.
The band is always looking for enthusiastic players to join the fun (we may even be able to find an instrument for you). If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining, please feel free to contact us!
If playing isn’t for you, you can also become a supporting member by donating funds for new music or instruments. Any help is truly appreciated!
To see what we’re up to and where we will be you can follow us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SwissFarmerBand/ or touch base with Andy Rechsteiner (our president) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519-291-1717.
Our current members include:
Jim Glasser, Conductor
Sandra Rechsteiner, Flute
Elaine Luymes, Flute
Imelda Ruest, Clarinet
Katie Girt, Clarinet
Andy Rechsteiner, Flugelhorn (President)
Fritz Egger, Flugelhorn
Josef Huber, Flugelhorn
Werner Thüring, Trumpet
Margreth Signer, Trumpet (Secretary)
John Schmidt, Alto Horn
Markus Eigenherr, Alto Horn
Antje Hurlburt, Alto Saxophone (Treasurer)
Vreni Tschudi, Alto Saxophone
Arnold Egli, Tenorhorn/Baritone
Walter Pfaeffli, Tenorhorn
Franz Kissling, Tenorhorn
Peter O’Reilly, Trombone
Ralph Schmidt, Trombone
Werner Ruttimann, Tuba
Dieter Morell, Tuba
Maribeth Fobel, Percussion