Welcome to our visitors from Greece and Macedonia!

The Black Forest Youth Wind Band or (Upper Rhine Youth Wind Band) from Southern Germany is currently on a tour in Greece an Macedonia. This site is where you can learn more about the orchestra and its concerts near your location. 


Where and when can you see us?



  • Ohrid,  Next to T. C. Amam | 17.  August  –  8 pm
  • Struga,  Cultural  Centre  | 19.  August  –  9 pm
  • Ohrid,  St.  Sophia Church |  20.  August  –  9 pm



  • Opening-Parade Sindos/Thessaloniki International Youth Band Festival | 22.  August – 6 pm
  • Sindos/Thessaloniki I.Y.B.F. | 23.  August – 9 pm
  • Final-Parade Sindos/Thessaloniki I.Y.B.F. | 25.August – 6 pm
  • Makrygialos (Mount Olymp) | 26.  August – 9 pm



About the band: 
The Upper Rhine Youth Wind Band (Verbandsjugendorchester Hochrhein) was founded in 1986 and consists of 60-70 musicians aged 14-25 years (average 18 years). It draws it members from the 120 community bands of the Upper Rhine Wind Band Association which covers the Waldshut-Tiengen district in Southern Germany. The symphonic wind band offers young musicians of the region the opportunity to make music ata very high standard. The repertoire ranges from demanding symphonic literature to contemporary music, lighter music, and jazz arrangements. The symphonic wind band prepares its concerts and concert tours with full and sectional rehearsals once or twice a month and additionally meets for several weekend rehearsals. The annual concerts in autumn, as well as the numerous concert tours the band has gone on the past years clearly represent the highlights of our year.   The Upper Rhine Youth Wind Band has performed concerts in England (1997), Sweden (1999), Portugal (2001), Belarus (2003), Wales/England (2005), Canada/USA (2007), Norway (2009), Ireland/England (2012), Malta (2014), and Iceland (2016).


Our Tour to Greece and Macedonia: 
From the 13th August until the27th August 2018, the Upper Rhine Youth Wind Band will go on tour to Greece and Macedonia. The musicians hope to get to know the Greek and Macedonian people, as well as immersing into the country and its music. As we’d alsolike to represent the German culture, its music, and our band on tour several concerts are planned.. At the moment the planning for the 21. International Youth Band Festival (I.Y.B.F.) in Greece is running.


The Band is conducted by Julian Gibbons who is a successful conductor and horn teacher. He founded the symphonic orchestra “TriRhenum” in Basel (CH) and initiated the “BISYOC Intercultural Youth Orchestral Exchange“ with more than 80 participants from ten nations. In 2017, BISYOC has taken place for the 16th time and has spread out all over Europe since its founding. Julian Gibbons studied conducting with Emilio Pomarico at the „Scuola Civica di Milano“ and attended the „Canford Conducting Course“ (GB) with George Hurst and Denise Ham several times. 


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