in 1973, Brass Band Treize Etoiles is comprised of musicians chosen
from the best village bands in Valais (Southern Switzerland) and is
divided into two
different bands : the A and the B-Band. Both take their name from the
on the flag of Valais.
Musicians of BB13*(A-Band) with
(from left to right) Jean-Maurice Favre, Géo-Pierre Moren and
Jean-Jacques Bornet (October 2016).
A-Band of Brass Band Treize Etoiles, conducted since 1977 by
is one of the most decorated bands in Switzerland, as they have won the
Championship thirteen times (in 1978, 1979, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1998, 2000,
2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2014), the Swiss Open Contest
eleven times (in
1991, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008,
2012, 2014 and 2015),
the European Open Contest three times (in 2000, 2001 and 2003), the Dutch Open
Contest in 2011, the
Contest three times (in 1992, 1996 and 1998), the “Grand
Prix” of Birmenstorf three times (in 1991, 1995 and 1997), as
well as the first
broadcasted contest “Swiss Brass”. Moreover, Brass
Treize Etoiles was awarded “Swiss Band of the Year”
1996, 1998, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2012
band has also obtained an impressive number of places of honour, such
as 2nd place at the Dutch Open Contest in 1993 and a 5th place at the "All England Masters International" in 2006
Brass Band Treize Etoiles has taken
part in the European Brass Band Championship 14 times and placed
second in 2009, third in
1980, 1999 and 2001, and fourth in 1979 and 1990. The
Band has been crowned as World Champions at the World Music Contest in
Kerkrade (NL) in July 2005 and Vice-Champions in 2009.
Band Treize Etoiles, in addition to their different competition
activities, has given
numerous concerts in Valais, of course, but also in nearly all Swiss
well as abroad. They have had the opportunity to work with famous conductors such
as M. Richard
Evans, Major Peter Parkes, M. Howard Snell
and actually Dr.
Band Treize Etoiles has already recorded 16 CDs. They are available in
our online shop...
musicians of BB13* (B-Band) with Jean-Maurice Favre, Cédric Vergère and Jean-Jacques Bornet (October 2016).
B-Band of Brass Band Treize Etoiles was founded in Spring 1992. Many
talented musicians wanted to play in the A-Band, but it was not
welcome them because of the limited number of players accepted into a
competes at such prestigious contests as the National Championship or
the Swiss Open.
Therefore, Géo-Pierre Moren decided to found a second band
to help these young
musicians realize their dreams. This solution also provides a chance
for the A-Band to easily replace missing or departed players. The
decision to found a B-Band was made in April and, following an
announcement in the papers, 57 musicians applied for the entering exams
took place in May and June. 30 of them were finally accepted and the
rehearsal was given on June 13th, 1992.
the Summer-break, the rehearsals began again and, without losing time,
B-Band of Brass Band Treize Etoiles gave their first public performance
October 31st, 1992, at the traditional Autumn concert of the band.
in First Section at the National Championship in Montreux, these
musicians placed 5th from 15 competing bands, a real achievement.
One year later, in 1993, Brass Band Treize Etoiles B placed 2nd in
Montreux and, in
1994 and 2002, placed 3rd. They won the “Thônex
(entertainment contest opened to First Section bands) in 1995 and
The musicians in this band average 18 years old and are conducted by
Musicians of BB13*(A- and B-Bands) in October 2015