Unexpected Fanfare

Fanfare Korps Der Genie
Because I seem to be incapable of going out without passing through the Domplein, we were lucky enough to come across a performance by the Fanfarekorps Der Genie (Engineers Regiment Fanfare Corps) on Sunday afternoon. We had just begun to approach Achter De Dom when we suddenly heard the sound of drums. There, behind the cathedral, they began to perform and we raced up to get a good view and listen.

Per the Corps’ website:

In 1888 the Royal Dutch Army Engineers Regiment Music Corps was first formed by NCOs and volunteer soldiers in the city of Utrecht. Now, 118 years later, volunteers from the Engineers Regiment again uphold the musical tradition of the Engineers Regiment (1748 – 2006).

Due to a re-organization within the defense department, the “Engineers Regiment Fanfare Corps” was disbanded. At the beginning of 1997 the idea occurred to breathe new life into the “extinct” music corps. After discussions with the headquarters of the Engineers Regiment Corps, we started to correspond with almost all of those earlier recruits of the Engineers Regiment Fanfare Corps.

In September 1997, the first meeting was held at the “Lunetten Barracks” in the town of Vught, a terrain well-known to us. From this moment, the band was named “Old Members of the Engineers Regiment Fanfare Corps”

Presently, the band consists of 50-65 musicians, all dressed in the historical 1888 uniform.

Fanfare Korps Der Genie
As we were watching, we couldn’t help noticing two women in their ranks with small casks. It seems that it is a tradition that a small tot of brandy be poured from the cask carried on shoulder straps by the serving girls. Special guests are now usually the recipients of the glass of brandy. The group also sells special bottles of the brandy to help raise money for uniform maintenance.
Fanfare Korps Der Genie

Finally, here’s a brief bit of the drummers performing.

Fanfare Korps Der Genie

6 thoughts on “Unexpected Fanfare

      • Only now i noticed that there was a new pavement too … My picture was taken in june 2017. I came to your blog as i was looking for connections with other sources for the pope’s house and his statue. I put a link to your tag “pope’s house” in my recent post:
        https://pozedecat.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/van-utrecht/
        In fact, i have some more pictures from Utrecht in other previous posts.
        As i understand you moved to Bologna, i must agree it’s a wonderful city also, congratulations for the good choice! Been there 18 years ago so my pictures from there are all slides ,,, i will try to scan some of them.

        • They started the new pavement in late 2016 and finished in 2017, when I moved. I did get to see some of it, but would love to see the whole area completed now, as it marks the original location of the Trajectum Castellum, the Roman fortress that was originally built there. An area rich with history!

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