The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk • San Antonio, Texas
La Concordia Brass Band
La Concordia is a brass band based in the village of Vétroz, in the Canton of Valais, in the French-speaking part of southern Switzerland. Founded in 1907, it currently gathers about forty friends who are passionate about brass music.
In order to improve its musical quality, La Concordia has been participating since 1979 in various cantonal and federal music competitions in the championship section, and this with success since its results allowed it to represent Switzerland in international competitions. These results are also due to the attention that La Concordia pays to the training of its young players : there are currently more than 30 young musicians being tutored within its music school.
In order to motivate them further, La Concordia created in 1995, in collaboration with La Persévérante of Plan-Conthey and La Marcelline of Grône, the Valaisan Junior Soloist and Quartet Competition (CVSJQ). A success since more than 400 young people come each year to this now unmissable regional event.
The dynamism of the band throughout its existence increased tenfold with the arrival in 1973 of its honorary conductor, Géo-Pierre Moren, and its honorary president, Daniel Vergère. Since 2016, La Concordia has been conducted by Bertrand Moren, a musician whose professionalism, enthusiasm and immense motivation helps to further improve the level of the band.
Born in 1976, Bertrand Moren was of course extremely well trained by his father Géo-Pierre, but also by the famous pianist Edith Fischer, and at the Conservatories of Sion and Geneva. He brings to La Concordia the experience of twenty years of conducting but above all, he offers the almost unique supplement of a composer in residence. Bertrand Moren is indeed one of the most prolific and renowned composers in the world of wind bands. He has written more than 200 works. His entire catalog has been recorded, notably on a half-dozen CDs devoted entirely to his creations. He has also won several composition prizes.
Finally, wishing to promote brass music, La Concordia has been commissioning an original work from a composer in French-speaking Switzerland every season for nearly 20 years.