The Fanfaren Corps of the Rheinischer Verein Mardi Gras Society

The Rheinischer Verein Fanfaren Corps had the distinct pleasure to be invited to and to perform in THE Oktoberfest parade in Munich, Germany in September of 2006.

The Fanfaren Corps marching in Munich shortly before entering the festival grounds.


Click here to see a clip of the Fanfaren Corps performing at the 2005 Maskenball.
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The Fanfaren Corps performs at the Lake Villa Oktoberfest in September 2004.

The Fanfaren Corps performs at Oktoberfest!

The Fanfaren Corps, along with members of the Rheinischer Verein Mardi Gras Society, visit Germany.

Photo Gallery from our trip to Mainz and Loerzweiler Germany!

The Fanfaren Corp in Germany!

Who are we?

The Rheinischer Verein Fanfaren Corps is a German ethnic drum and bugle corps made up entirely of voluntary members. We are a subset of our parent club, the Rheinischer Verein Mardi Gras Society.

The Fanfaren Corps
The Fanfaren Corps poses for a picture during the main event of the Karneval season, the 2003 Pries-Maskenball.

What are we?

As a German ethnic drum & bugle corps we attempt to maintain the traditions of similar groups throughout our history. Our music selections are limited by the instruments we play. Our main instrument is the brass fanfaren which is a brass horn similar to a trumpet but without values. These beautiful instruments have only a small range of notes that it may hit. The rest of our group is composed of fanfares with valves, brass bass horns, snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums, cymbals and a xylophone.

What kind of music do we play?

Our performances include a variety of numbers, starting with the traditional marches such as "Fliege March" and "Old Milwaukee" to show tunes such as "When the Saints Come Marching In" and "Der Faule Paul".

The Fanfaren Corps performing at a recent parade.

What events do we perform at?

We perform at many types of events. In addition to the Mardi Gras events of our parent club, we also perform in parades, at fests and other celebrations. For more information, see our events and photo gallery pages.

Rheinisher Verein Klubhaus
4265 N. Elston Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618

Last updated on: September 28, 2006