Since its founding in 1978 by the Concert Band Association of Baden-Württemberg, the Baden-Württemberg Wind Orchestra (LBO) has presented itself as one of the most successful symphonic bands in Germany. The repertoire includes original compositions as well as transcriptions of classical works. Premieres of new works and performances in chamber music ensembles are also frequent elements of the program.
Numerous international prizes and CD productions document the ongoing excellence of the band. Its 80 musicians come primarily from all over Baden-Württemberg. On four intensive weekends each year the band rehearses its upcoming concert program. Because of its high musical standards, the band has become one of the most sought-after performance opportunities for high qualified and dedicated musicians.
Among the LBO´s most recent successes was its first prize in gold with distinction in the Concert Division at the World Music Contest (WMC) in Kerkrade/Netherlands in 2005. In the overall rankings, the LBO placed fourth, higher than any other German band had ever placed. In 2011, the band also won the 2nd International Symphonic Band Competition in Berlin, receiving 99.5 out of 100 points from the judges.
The mission of the Baden-Württemberg Wind Orchestra (LBO) is to present original works for symphonic wind band in an exemplary fashion and, by doing so, contributing to the development of this genre. At the same time it aims to set a musical example to the many wind bands in the region. Educational concerts with specially chosen themes provide these bands with helpful tips for their daily work.
Bachseits - Johannes Stert
Cerebral Vortex - Øyvind Moe
Symphonic Dances op. 45 (1st and 3rd movement) - S. Rachmaninow, arr. Douglas McLain
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Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg and conductor Björn Bus (Click to enlarge)