Württemberg trombone day

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The Württemberg State Trombone Day is a major church music event of the Evangelical Youth Office in Württemberg , which takes place every two years on a weekend in May or June in Ulm .


For this winds meeting mainly brass players from trombone choirs come together in the catchment area of ​​the Evangelical Church in Württemberg , in order to give predominantly spiritual music in the Münster , in the Martin Luther Church , in the Pauluskirche and in other churches, in social institutions as well as in the Donauhalle and the Congress Center To play works of all ages and styles and to celebrate church services . The state trombone day traditionally ends with a liturgical closing ceremony on Münsterplatz, at which all participating wind players make music together under the direction of the Württemberg state trombone attendant, thus forming the "largest trombone choir in the world". The second to last is the chorale Nun danket alle Gott, based on the movement of Johann Sebastian Bach BWV 252 (transposed from G major to E flat major): first 4 voices, then with the fanfares and finally with the upper part by Hermann Mühleisen. During the third stanza the cathedral bells begin to ring. After Nun danket alle Gott , the third stanza of the chorale Wachet is the last to be played, the voice - known to the wind players simply as "Gloria" - calls us . This is the final chorale from Cantata BWV 140 .



In 2006, with the 41st State Trombone Day, a "Jubilee Trumpet Day" took place under the direction of State Trombone Warden Hans-Ulrich Nonnenmann . A hundred years earlier the winds came to Ulm for the trombone day. At that time, however, there were only 250 musicians, compared to around 8,000 in 2006. The first State Trombone Day took place in Esslingen am Neckar in 1901 . Until the Second World War, the Württemberg State Trombone Days were held in various cities.



The great tradition of the Ulm Trumpet Days began when the then state trombonist Hermann Mühleisen called the trombone choirs to the Münster city that was destroyed by the war . On March 1, 1945, a 500 kilo bomb hit the choir vault. It fell to the ground without exploding. At that time , the cathedral was one of the few larger buildings in downtown Ulm that was not in ruins. Theophil Wurm began the sermon about Jesus Christ reigning as king with the words: "For 12 years it has not been possible for me to speak to you". Vespers that were donated were handed out from baskets free of charge. While playing the "Gloria" seasoned men burst into tears.


In 1947, a selection choir was added to the great overall sound: the Swabian Trumpet Service was born .


Due to the steadily increasing number of participants, from 2000 in 1946 to 9000 fifty years later, even the cathedral became too small for all participants in the State Trombone Days, and other venues in Ulm had to be included; there are now five venues in Ulm.


A new concept was decided in 2020: A range of games and sports supplements the State Trombone Day, which will take place in Ulm in odd years in future.

Originally, the 48th State Trombone Day was scheduled to take place on June 27 and 28, 2020. But the political requirements for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic made new considerations necessary.

Against this background, those responsible at the Evangelical Youth Office in Württemberg (EJW), in cooperation with the city of Ulm, have decided to postpone the state trumpet day to 2021.


In 2021 the Evangelical Youth Office in Württemberg will celebrate its 50th anniversary; At the same time, sports work in the EJW is celebrating its 100th birthday. That is why there should be a festival with two accents in Ulm on July 3 and 4, 2021. The EJW trombone players transform Ulm into a sounding city; the athletes of the Eichenkreuz sport work in the EJW will get young and old in motion with their offers.

In the future, the trombone day will take place in Ulm in the odd years.

Symbols of the country trombone day

Oak cross desk

The state trombonist Hermann Mühleisen conducted the wind instruments of the state trombone days from the oak cross desk.

Oak cross

Oak cross

In Württemberg the oak cross was mainly used as a proper name for sports work in the Protestant youth organization. in 1844 with his holistic approach to youth work - for body, mind and soul - physical exercise became a central element. A milestone for sports work from an organizational point of view was the year 1921, "when the regional gymnastics committees of the young men 's associations merged, [and] the oak cross was introduced as a uniform symbol".

The founding fathers formulated the following principle at the time: “The oak cross is the creative redesign of physical exercise based on Christian responsibility for the faith, which knows no 'religious neutrality'. It captures the totality of youthful life down to the depths of the fellowship of God and thus develops forces of moral attitude to life that cannot be measured with a stopwatch and tape measure. The oak cross is the will to make physical exercise an essential part of a comprehensive community of youthful life that is rooted in the Gospel. "

In 1925 the Christian gymnastics and sports federations merged under the officially uniform name “Oak Cross Association for Physical Exercise of the Evangelical Young Men’s Associations in Germany”. The oak cross was developed by Johannes Tack in 1921 for all of the work in the National Association of Young Evangelical Men. The green leaves of the oak have often been understood in Germany as symbols of steadfastness, victory and new life. In the graphic used oak cross of the sports work in the Evangelical Youth Work in Württemberg and in the YMCA movement, acorn cones without fruit are artistically put together. Here consciously associated with Jesus Christ or Christianity through the cross-shaped arrangement . Low-growing oak forests, on the other hand, thrive on dry rock heads in the Swabian Alb , where other tree species can no longer cope. The CVJM Westbund uses the oak cross for the Bundesthing.

Clothing with an oak cross is used in the Bundischen youth work .

Ball cross flag

The circle inflated with a cross

The fanfare trumpets are flagged with the ball cross made of cloth at the State Trombone Days in Ulm .

Ball cross

The ball cross was established in May 1946 by the Protestant youth associations as a symbol for the Protestant youth of Germany. For the Protestant youth, this was a sign of a new beginning after the time of National Socialism . The cross on the globe is also used as the highest award, in the form of the golden ball cross .


The state trombonist conducts with an oversized baton (98 cm). Like the chop of honor in mining, the stick is passed on upon retirement. In 1968, Wilhelm Mergenthaler rose to the podium of his predecessor and took over the long baton from Hermann Mühleisen.



  • Reinhart Hohner, Albrecht Schuler: Ulm - a forecourt of heaven. Chronicle of the Württemberg State Trombone Days. book & music, ejw-service-GmbH, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 978-3-932595-89-9 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Outvote Hermann Mühleisen
  2. Mühleisen
  3. Oliver Helmstädter: Danger of falling rocks: Plastering is going on under the highest church tower in the world . In: Augsburger Allgemeine . October 19, 2018 ( augsburger-allgemeine.de [accessed October 21, 2018]).
  4. Südwest Presse Online-Dienst GmbH: Ulm Minster: After the plaster has crumbled: the choir is closed until March 2020 . In: swp.de . October 19, 2018 ( swp.de [accessed October 21, 2018]).
  5. Church history
  6. Trumpet Day anniversary of the Eichenkreuz youth work and postponement to 2021
  7. Historical photography by Hermann Mühleisen on the oak cross desk Eichenkeuz desk accessed on May 24, 2020
  8. Rolf Müller (Ed.): “Between independence and external determination. The history of sport in the YMCA in Germany ”, Kassel 1987, p. 123
  9. Rolf Müller (Ed.): “Between independence and external determination. The history of sport in the YMCA in Germany ”, Kassel 1987, p. 123
  10. Bundesthing homepage of the YMCA Westbund accessed on May 24, 2020
  11. Oak cross hats accessed on May 24, 2020
  12. Fanfare trumpets with spherical cross flags in the third stanza of the chorale “Nun danket alle Gott” - YouTube from the Ulmer Landesposaunentag 2010 accessed on May 24, 2020
  13. 98 cm
  14. ^ Mining
  15. baton