Germany 1994 & 1999

In 1995 the band were invited to Germany as guests of the Budingen Fire Brigade Band with whom Ian Edwards had appeared as a guest over the years.

Whilst in Germany the band gave six concerts in three days, each being well received. In the Old City Square in Frankfurt the former government building, now a museum, provided an ideal back drop for the first concert there by a British band).

Frankfurt
The Old City Square Frankfurt

The other concerts were in Budingen, a medieval city with its own Prince, who is a direct relation to our Royal family. The first was at the Budingen Concert Hall, opening the Old Town Festival which celebrates the beginning of summer, another first for a British band. The band also opened the second day and gave two more concerts on the final day.

The band returned to Budingen again in 1999, giving five concerts over the Old Town Festival weekend and in 2000 the Budingen Drum Band came to Cornwall as guests of the Constantine Band. Under their musical director, Andreas Stoole, the visitors attracted large audiences wherever they played. They wowed the crowds in Truro where they marched through the city and played outside the cathedral. They also played at the Constantine Carnival and Flambards and before a packed crowd at the Princess Pavilion Gardens, where they were joined by the Constantine Band.

Constantine and Budingen Bands at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth
Constantine and Budingen Bands at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth