The Spielmannszug Milwaukee Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1957 by a group of dedicated people who wanted to maintain the German Culture and it’s Music here in the United States. 55+ years later, the Spielmannszug is still going strong with Fanfaren, Fifes, Drums, Lyres, Hunting Horns and Cymbals!!
In addition to the Fanfaren Corps and its busy schedule, the Spielmannszug has an annual Karneval Season complete with Prinzenpaar and Royal Court. The Karneval Season begins in November with the Gala Prinzenkrönung (Crowning), and continues through January (February some years) with the Gala Maskenball. The Spielmannszug ends its Karneval Season with Lumpenball (Hobo Ball). The Spielmannszug had its first Royal Mardi Gras couple crowned in 1961 and have continued this tradition every year since.
In April, the Spielmannszug is host to the annual BOCKBIERFEST held at Hart Park Pavillion in Wauwatosa, WI. It is the only fest of its kind in the Milwaukee area! The Bockbierfest welcomes in Spring with a variety of Bockbeers, Bockwurst and home cooked bakery and other food, and of course good music. The highlight of the evening is the crowning of the annual Bockbier King and Queen!! Everyone is welcome! This is a Great Family Event!
The Drum and Bugle Corps also performs at many area 4th of July Parades as well as German Fest.
Outside of the “official” appearances the Spielmannszug makes, they also have many internal functions for members only such as the annual picnic, Christmas party, attending sporting events and the annual Kameradschaftsabend (member appreciation night).
The Spielmannszug is a family oriented club with members ranging from 1 to 90+ years old!! You do not have to be musically oriented to join. Membership is either “active”, the players, dancers and Board members, or “passive”, the support group. If you are interested in becoming an active player but don’t have any musical background, there is no need to worry as the Spielmannszug not only supplies but also teaches you the instruments at weekly practices!!
Anyone interested in joining this fun loving group may email President Greg Carerros; firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Spielmannszug is a member of German Fest Milwaukee Inc., The Federation of German American Societies (Kulturvereinigung), The German American Societies of Milwaukee, GAMGA (German-American Mardi Gras Association) and The International Institute of Wisconsin.