Glockenspiel group

The Waldburg Bell Ensemble, consisting of many talented musicians, holds an outstanding position among similar ensembles. In addition to two sets of bells comprising a total of 61 cowbells (2.5 octaves), the ensemble currently includes accordion, guitar, hammered dulcimer, zither, recorder, and a harp.

Handling the bells requires skill and precision. They must be grasped, shaken, and gently set down swiftly to prevent toppling. A misplaced instrument could trigger a domino effect. There are no teachers for this art; each musician has developed their own technique. Although these techniques are passed down, each player must find their way to flawless performance.

The exact origin of the bell ensemble cannot be pinpointed precisely, but it is believed to originate from the Allgäu region. According to the chronicle of the Waldburg Costume Association, the inspiration for the bell ensemble was sparked by the peaceful sounds of the Alpine pastures and the melodious church bells in the valley, which send their greetings daily.

The musicians, ranging from young to slightly older, captivate their audience not only regionally but also nationally. Through performances at harbor concerts, radio broadcasts, folk music hit parades, and an appearance at the Bundesgartenschau in Stuttgart, they have become known to a broader audience.

Performances in neighboring countries such as Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, as well as in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands are routine. They have also been warmly welcomed at traditional and folklore festivals in the Balkans, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the USA, and Brazil.

Many compositions have been composed and arranged by Johannes Längle, the former leader of the bell ensemble.