Staff Band of the Bundeswehr

The Staff Band of the Bundeswehr (German: Stabsmusikkorps der Bundeswehr) is the main representative brass band of the Bundeswehr, stationed in Berlin. It works together with the Wachbataillon in the Berlin Garrison Command, Having the responsibility for protocol in during state receptions of the Federal President, Chancellor and the Minister of Defense. The band is responsible for performing pieces such as the anthems of foreign countries as well as the Preussischer Präsentiermarsch during arrival honors ceremonies for visits by foreign leaders to Germany. It is among 6 other German military bands that fall under the command of the Joint Support Service.

Staff Band of the Bundeswehr
Stabsmusikkorps der Bundeswehr
The Staff Band of the Bundeswehr during the funeral of Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in 2015.
Active1 April 1991 (1991-04-01)
Country Germany
Branch Bundeswehr
TypeMilitary Band
Part of German Army
Senior Director of Music Bundeswehr/Head Conductor Staff BandLieutenant Colonel Reinhard Kiauka


The Stabsmusikkorps der Bundeswehr was created on 16 February 1957 under the official training designation as the Lehrmusikkorps, based at Rheinbach near Bonn with 16 musicians initially. On 16 June, Hauptmann Friedrich Deisenroth took over with command duties and increased the musical strength to 50 bandsmen. Their first duties included performing in public alongside the drill and ceremony oriented Wachbataillon in the new West German capital in September. In November 1957, the Stabsmusikkorps had performed in its maiden studio recording, which would be one of its last acts before it was dissolved by the government.[1][2]

The new Staff Band was founded on 1 April 1991 as the Eastern Army Band in Potsdam. In January 1994 it was renamed to the Heeresmusikkorps and was relocated to Berlin on 1 April 1995. On 1 July 2000, the Stabsmusikkorps in its current form was established. The Staff Band of the Bundeswehr has been led by Lieutenant Colonel Reinhard Kiauka since 2014.[3]

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