On 26 May 2016, the Swissmint issued a silver commemorative coin about brass and wind instrument music

By The Federal Mint Swissmint ….

There is hardly a bigger festival in Swizterland that provides a brass music lineup. With their performances, the clubs enrich village and town life and make an important contribution to the mood of their fellow countrymen. Switzerland enjoys a well-deserved reputation as being a country of Blasmusiken, or “Brass Music”. Almost in every village and town has at least one wind music lineup. In contrast to other countries whose civil Blasmusik Teams mimic the occupation of military music, one meets in Switzerland mainly harmony music (with woodwind and brass instruments), further to pure metal cast, metal harmonies (with brass and saxophone instruments) as well as brass bands on the English model.

The first civilian brass music clubs were founded in imitation of the military corps in the late 18th and the early 19th century. 1862 led some in Zofingen to hold a music festival, which led to the establishment of the “Federal sheet Musikverein”. Today the Swiss Brass Band Association SBV comprises 2,000 teams of varying sizes.

With the launch of the 20-franc silver coin “Brass Music” designed by Remo Mascherini from Belp, brass music clubs and the Swiss Brass Band Association receive special appreciation. The new coin is a limited edition “uncirculated” in the qualities and “Proof” in our online shop available, as well as coin dealers and some banks.

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