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Garden Concerts for the Elderly

Garden Concerts for the Elderly

Last Sunday's garden concerts demonstrate that the corona pandemic can have positive side effects as well. On an initiative of the municipality of Lyss, the MG Lyss organised a concert tour from retirement home to retirement home. Originally planned in groups of five, the concerts were ultimately held with eleven people due to the lifting of restrictions by the FOPH. The band walked between the five retirement homes and pulled the drum set in a handcart.

The MG Lyss played well-known pop songs, but also jazz tunes as well as a quiet arrangement from 'Les Misérables'. The President, Simon Scheurer, says that the residents had fun: 'An honour-member of the society even hat tears in his eyes'. The staff thought it was a well-received event, too.

The concert tour was the first public event by the MG Lyss after a corona-induced break. Today the band will hold its first regular practice – with strict hygiene rules.

MG Lyss raps for #StayHome

MG Lyss raps for #StayHome

The MG Lyss plays hip hop to support the advice of the WHO: #StayHome!

The song ‘Corona is Dictating our Lives’ is an innovative fusion of hip hop and wind music, created by the MG Lyss feat. Swiss German rapper ‘Chiubigigu’. A first musical step in the direction of popular music was originally planned for a concert in May. Due to the corona pandemic, however, this concert had to be moved to September 5, 2020. To stop their instruments from rusting, the MG Lyss created an innovative project: Individual band members recorded themselves with microphones, and afterwards the instrumentals were mixed to create a complete track. In parallel, a text about quarantine, economic recession, but also the reopening of the world and hope was created. Nevertheless, the message stays the same: Stay home!

In the video, the musicians show themselves from their most creative sides. The trombonist is dancing in neon-coloured clothes, the tubist wears a bathrobe, the conductor is relaxing in his garden, the flutist reads her text from a roll of toilet paper, the trumpeter plays on his bicycle and the saxophonist wears a huge hoodie and a baseball cap.

The medley was originally arranged by Michael Künstle under the title ‘Emergency Hip Hop’ for the Swiss band ‘Brass Department’. It contains some of the best known riffs and beats from the history of hip hop: ‘Thrift Shop’, ‘Who’s that Girl’, ‘Get Up’, and many more.

Jingle for World Peace

Jingle for World Peace

Practices and concerts are cancelled due to the corona virus. Nevertheless, the MG Lyss continues on its innovative track.

We produced a jingle for the 'Week for World Peace' by Radio Chico, which will take place from 13 to 21 September 2020 – and all while in home office!

Our in-house composer, Yves Chapuis, had already composed the jingle and planned all the recordings before the current crisis. But because of the virus, we were not able to continue as planned.

Instead, recording devices and microphones were passed from band member to band member and the individual tracks were cut together by Yves. The result – including an exclusive corona-video – is now viewable on YouTube!

#StayAtHome #StayHealthy

History Repeats Itself

History Repeats Itself

'The flu hit our town badly as well. Our two good friends Marti Ernst & Dyli Fritz have been taken from us. As all gatherings are prohibited, we were not able to attend their funeral' – Protocol of the MG Lyss, July - August 1918.

Yves Chapuis – When I first read this entry about a year ago I though, 'luckily, this kind of thing no longer happens today'. I have been proven wrong. The MG Lyss has to cancel all practices in its 150th anniversary year. 

Such a situation demands a lot of solidarity and innovation. Unlike in 1918, we can at least to continue the social aspects of our band and with virtual hang-outs and meetings.

The MG Lyss wishes good health to all its members, fans and supporters. We hope to see you again soon!

The MG Lyss with a New Look

The MG Lyss with a New Look

Yves Chapuis Yves Chapuis – Starting today, the MG Lyss has a new look: A new logo, new colours, a new website, new social media channels. With this new look we are starting to practice our new programme under conductor Ueli Schori. Come, join us!

The MGL in the SMZ

The MGL in the SMZ

Simon Scheurer – Our tuba player, Yves Chapuis, who also studies musicology, has published an article in the journal Schweizer Musikzeitung under the title 'Visibility of Community Concert Bands'. Using the MG Lyss as an example, he describes the change municipal concert bands went through over the last 150 years. Here is the article (in German).

Open-air concerts

Open-air concerts

Yves Chapuis – In order to become more visible for the population we have decided to perform more open-air concerts. Because of changes in society, however, we will no longer hold these events in small neighborhoods, but in the middle of Lyss. Because of this, we performed a concert on 21 Mai 2019 on the Glaserplatz. Even though we didn't have a huge audience we reached our goal to play in the town-centre once again. By doing this we could play for people who normally don't listen to wind music. Another open-air concert in front of the hotel 'Weisses Kreuz' had to be cancelled due to rain.

In addition to these 'new' open-air concerts we also played at the retirement home 'Pfrundacker' as well as at the 'Seelandheim' and for Alfred Schweizer in Worben.

Concert at the Tertianum Lyssbachpark

Concert at the Tertianum Lyssbachpark

Fabio Jakob – On 25 May 2019 we played at the yearly festivities at the Tertianum Lyssbachpark. We played marches as well as more modern songs such as 'The Final Countdown' or 'Mamma Mia' from the musical of the same name. The residents and staff were delighted to hear our music. Especially for the residents, one or the other piece of music recalled fond memories. Even though the acoustics of the room were not optimal it was a great concert, which, of course, also pleased the musicians. After the concert we were invited to an apéro by the Tertianum Lyssbachpark. They served wine, beer, cheese and bread. This way, we had a relaxed afternoon.