Brass & Drum Festival to take over Ramstein today

by Petra Lessoing
Ramstein Public Affairs

Ramstein’s Fifth International Brass & Drum Festival takes place today to Sunday. A diversified program is offered on stages on Marktplatz and next to the Catholic church as well as in the Haus des Bürgers.

The band From Da Soul will perform at 8 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Saturday on the Marktplatz stage next to the Haus des Bürgers. They feature the brass and drum percussion group Magic Tam Tam in between from 9:30 to 10 p.m. and 11 to 11:30 p.m.

The band Camino will play Caribbean rhythms from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the Kreissparkasse stage next to the church. The Ramstein Dancing Sports Association will perform from 10 to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday activities start with a drum workshop at 3 p.m. in the Haus des Bürgers. Ralf Gustke, a well-known drummer, will present his percussion skills. Tickets cost €10.

The festival continues at 8 p.m. on both outdoor stages. The band Die Dicken Kinder will perform on Marktplatz stage until 1 a.m. with presentations by Sambagroup in between.

On the stage near the church, Grupo Andaré will play Musica de Cuba. The last festival day, Sunday, will start with a jazz brunch and the RhineStream Jazzband at 10 a.m. in the Haus des Bürgers. Tickets for this four hour long event, including brunch, costs €17.50 for adults and €8.50 for children over 6.

Outdoor performances continue at 2 p.m. on both stages with various brass bands and youth orchestras. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Check Six will present its repertoire from 7 to 9 p.m. on Marktplatz stage. All open-air performances are free.

Advance tickets to the other performances are available at the Haus des Bürgers. Opening hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit

The stores in Ramstein-Miesenbach will offer Sunday shopping from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. A car show will be set up between the church and Marktplatz.