History

History

Only in 1961 everything started up again. The Saint Cecilia Catholic Brass Band was founded and played in the streets for the first time on 4 June 1961. They took part in the procession. In August of the same year, the party committee organized a folk parade on the Sunday of the fair for the first time as well. On that occasion the brass band performed too.

The eye catcher of the parade was Knight Jacques de la Douve, who saw the light of the day in the same year.

Jacques de la Douve

First parade of Jacques de la Douve in the year 1961

In the beginning of 1962, the idea grew to dress the musicians in folk costumes, based on the clothes of regular people from Pieter Breughel's time.

The brass band was also joined by a dance group. With them, the first girls joined our band. At the same time our second giant, Father Breughel, was born.

Harmony in 1962

The harmony in 1962

In 1965 the brass band received gala uniforms. The following years everything became more and more formal and the Breughel outfits started disappearing to the background. Even the dance group was replaced by majorettes in the seventies.

In 1985 the brass band became a harmony, under the influence of some youngsters. That same year the harmony received new gala uniforms to celebrate its 25th birthday. The gray uniforms from the sixties disappeared and were replaced by the same gray blue uniforms that are worn to this day.

With the revival of folklore in the eighties, the harmony started wearing the Breughel costumes again. In 1992 it was completely renewed and both giants were also fixed up.

The first move towards the harmony as it is known today started at the end of the eighties and the start of the nineties. From that moment on the harmony started investing heavily in young people. In the beginning even teachers were hired to train the younger generation. Some years later, the harmony started sending its youngsters to music school. Joining forces with parents to organize transportation meant the music school suddenly wasn't as far away as it used to be for many. To this day the harmony still motivates youngsters to go to music school.

This rejuvenation during these last years has also changed the harmony. The average age has decreased to between 20 and 25 years and, because of that, is without a doubt one of the youngest and vibrant groups in the region.