The «Original Tiroler Kaiserjägermusik» Band
Due to the forthcoming visit of Emperor Franz I of Austria in Innsbruck, First Lieutenant Johann Baptist Gänsbacher, musician and composer, formed a military music band in 1815, consisting of 14 men in the usual bandl instrumentation of that time with
After several reorganisations and regrouping the existing Tyrolean
Under the direction of famous conductors such as Karl MÜHLBERGER, Gustav MAHR, Rudolf Achleitner they provided excellent musical performances including beautiful military music marches.
The music composition «Kaiserjä
In 1972 the «Original Tiroler Kaiserjägermusik» — band was founded in its present form by Lieutenant Colonel Professor Siegfried SOMMA. After retirement as Military Band Conductor of the Military Music Band TYROL, he intended to revive the tradition of the «Kaiserjäger»-music bands. The flag of the historic Wind Band bears the
The rehearsals began and the number of members quickly rose to 80 persons, mainly former military band musicians. In November 1972, the first record was produced, and on March 31st, 1973, the large band played the first concert in the city of Innsbruck.
Professor Siegfried Somma conducted the band until 1990, followed by Professor Michael Stern (1991–1992) and Military Music Band Conductor Lieutenant Colonel Professor Erich Hendl (1993).
Since 1994, Military Music Band Conductor Colonel Professor Hannes Apfolterer is the musical director and conductor of the «Original Tiroler Kaiserjägermusik» — Band.
The requirement profile of the musicians is very high and anyone who intends to become a member of this band is to complete one year of probation after successfully valuated audition. The conductor is proud that many outstanding musicians of this band are music teachers, excellent soloists and former military musicians. A considerable number of musicians acting in the band as instrumental musicians are or have been conductors of known civilian brass bands additionally.
This band enjoys highest reputation not only as Ambassador and Representative of the Image of Austria, but also for keeping Austria’s historic military tradition alive, and by maintaining the Austrian cultural heritage.