The Big Friends Guggen Musik Band was once again Malta’s ambassador between 26 August and 1 September 2019. During such time, the 40 person band undertook various music arrangements both in Maltese and Italian. The band played a musical program in the main square of Santa Marina and San Gaetano in Leni on the island of Salina, attracting a large audience.
After the success achieved in 2018, when the band played in two places simultaneously in both Malta and Acireale, for the first time in history, the band played both as a traditional band as well as Guggen band. The Big Friends Guggen Band accompanied the local neighborhood band with traditional Maltese marches during the procession of the feast of St. Bartholomew in St Marina.
This tour was not solely about music: the musicians also had the opportunity to glean information about the cultural traditions of the island’s history as well as the religious history of the place.
The musicians played on the island of Salina, in villages like Leni, Santa Marina and Lingua. Band members had a chance to visit the salt lake which in the past produced all the salt that was used in the archipelagos, as well as the Sanctuary of Our Lady (Madonna tat-Terzjarju) where band members were invited to hear Mass .
After Mass, the band also played at a retirement home for the elderly: the Casa di Riposo, SS Maria del Terzito, bringing joy to all those present.