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Blasmusik Texas, The Texas All-State German Band, is a volunteer band comprised of professional and accomplished amateur musicians from throughout the state of Texas. Our band repertoire is music of Central Europe, consisting primarily of German, Czech, Alsatian, and Austrian polkas, waltzes, marches and Volksmusik. Our 45-piece European instrumentation band meets several week-ends a year to rehearse and perform for German-Texan Fests and similar events. (photo) Blasmusik Texas toured Europe in 1994 (tribute) and in 1999, and has produced several recordings.

Our primary objective is to bring together outstanding musicians for friendship and to perform the unique German-style band music for the enjoyment of musicians and audience.

HISTORY

Our band was formed in July, 1993, in Fredericksburg, Texas, for the primary purpose of representing Texas at a Blasmusik festival (wind band festival) in Germany in 1994. Musicians came from all over Texas to comprise a Texas All-State German Band named Blasmusik Texas. The home bands of our members illustrate the diverse cross section of bands throughout Texas in which our musicians participate.

Herbert Bilhartz was selected director of music. Herbert is a former director of the US Army Europe Band in Heidelberg and current director of the Hermann Sons German Band in San Antonio. Band officers were elected to administer to the many needs of the new organization.

Blasmusik Texas first performed July 10, 1993, at the Fredericksburg Markplatz-Pavilion. The enthusiastic reaction of the audience to the music and the friendship created between musicians was the foundation that continues today to bring enjoyment to both audience and musician. In 1994 the band had a successful playing tour of Europe which included Germany, Luxembourg, and Alsace in France. The band returned to Europe in 1999 for another enjoyable playing tour.

Since our 1994 tour of Europe the band has continued to play for special festivals in Texas including "Night in Old Fredericksburg" in the old Texas, German town of Fredericksburg and for "Wurstfest" in New Braunfels which is the largest German festival in Texas. For future performances please check our events section.

Blasmusik Texas is open to considering requests for playing engagements. If you are interested in knowing more about being a member of Blasmusik Texas or interested in our band playing for an event, please reference our contacts section.

Our band is comprised of volunteer musicians and we are a non-profit organization. We welcome contributions & sponsors for Blasmusik Texas. Thank you for your support and visiting this site.

Please visit our site again and enjoy our music.

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