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Gugge 2000 was formed over 10 years ago in November 1998, by Dave Brewer (still our Musical Director) & other former members of bands from the Bournemouth area.


They were keen to create a type of performing band never before seen in the UK. They wanted to make people listen, tap their feet, join in and create an atmosphere of music and fun for all to enjoy.


Inspired by the Guggenmusik bands they had seen on a trip to Fasnacht carnival in Lucerne and the subsequent visit of Swiss band ‘Qua Quager’, from Triengen, to Bournemouth the group decided that it was GUGGENMUSIK that they would unleash on unsuspecting British audiences!

So in the midst of an English winter (rain & more rain) they began to meet on Friday nights, about eight to ten of them at first. The group grew bigger as the word spread and soon they had to move to larger premises to rehearse.


Of course after meeting the group were rewarded with refreshment at the local hostelry where the discussions and ideas continued to grow.

As news spread the band began to receive requests to perform and as they performed audiences seemed to enjoy & our numbers grew to the band of over 40 persons we see today and, as they often say .......the rest is history!

We are proud to have celebrated our tenth year as Britain’s First Guggenmusik Band in 2008!!

How times change – 9 people attended our first rehearsal and now registered members top 45!! When we started most of our percussion was borrowed, begged and stolen (OK, not stolen, but you get the idea). Now the band owns kit worth well over £5000. We’re no longer the only Guggenmusik band in the UK with our friends Frumptarn having joined our quest to bring Guggenmusik to the UK in 2004.

Trips abroad have become regular features of our calendar with visits to Switzerland three times, Germany three times, Austria, France & Spain twice. Crumbs, we’ve visited Wales as well (does that count as abroad?)

2008 saw a special celebration year with BIG F 08 in July and a visit to our friends Chaos Guggen in Plochingen in November plus new gigs in Worcester, Tetbury and Hyde Park.

Key Events (for an up to date gig guide click here)

December 1998 First live performance in Bournemouth (we were asked to stop playing as local residents complained we had woken their children!)
April 1999 Our first performance at the Flora London Marathon. We have performed there every year since.
April 2000 The Band participated in it’s first overseas event, the Cherbourg Carnival in France.
July 2000 We were invited to perform at the Bournemouth International Music Makers Festival. We have performed there every year since.
September 2000 Launch of website www.gugge2000.co.uk
June 2001 Invited to lead the procession & play at the famous Wimborne Folk Festival
February 2002 Invited as the 2nd only ever English band to participate in Lucerne Fasnacht.
June 2002 Hosted a visit by ‘Chottlebotzer’ Lozarn, the fourth Swiss Guggenmusik to visit Bournemouth.
July 2002 Our first ever CD is produced
August 2002 Another first. This time playing in the Beer tent at the Internationally acclaimed Great Dorset Steam Fair. Naturally this has become a firm favorite with the band.
December 2003 Guggenmusik & Christmas combine as we play Christmas tunes in Wareham – Gugge style of course.
February 2004 Our second visit to Lucerne to participate in Fasnacht.
June 2004 Our 2nd CD ‘I’m a Gugge Believer’ is available
September 2004 Our first International Guggenmusik Festival. A visit to Belgern in Germany as the guests of Geile Gugge.
July 2005 Our tours of Europe continue with a fourth country - Austria. A trip to the seaside resort of Bregenz for their first ever Guggenmusik Festival as guests of Stadtle Fetza.
May 2006 Sales of our 2nd CD 'I'm a Gugge Believer' top 500!!!
July 2006 The first ever Guggenmusik Festival is held in the UK (the BIG F) featuring bands from Germany (Geile Gugge & Chaos Guggen) , Switzerland (Blattluus)  & us!!
September 2006 We visit Neuhausen near Stuttgart Germany as guests of Bruggaklopfer for their Guggenmusik festival & our performance turns up on You Tube!!
March 2007 We are invited to attend an International Music festival in Castellon near Valencia, Spain. 12 other bands from around the world attend the 19th annual festival.
June 2007 Our 3rd CD ‘Walk of Life’ goes on sale featuring 12 new numbers plus a hidden track. It’s our most professionally produced CD so far. Buy one here.
September 2007 We travel to Wales to play as the cabaret entertainment for a huge corporate sales and marketing event in front of over 600 guests. There and back in an evening it was our furthest distance travelled for a 30 minute gig!
November 2007 Sales of our CD ‘Walk of Life’ top 500 only 6 months after it’s release
December 2007 New gigs in the form of German Christmas markets see us play in Kingston Upon thames, Exeter and Bournemouth
January 2008 We enter our 10th year……Wahooooooooooooooooo
April 2008 We are invited to another Spanish Festival this time in Figueres on the Costa Brava
July 2008 BIG F 08 – Our second international Guggemusik Festival takes place with guests from Germany (Chaos Guggen), Switzerland (Chottlebotzer & Ruemliggeischter) plus Frumptarn from Banrnsley and ourselves.
April 2008 We are invited to another Spanish Festival this time in Figueres on the Costa Brava
September 2008 Off to Germany again to help celebrate our friends Chaos Guggen’s fifth anniversary
February 2009 We are invited to attend the Luzern Carnival hosted by our friends Blattluus

Our home

The home of Gugge 2000 is in Bournemouth, Dorset on the south coast of England. Bournemouth is a seaside resort where many English people come to take a holiday in the summer along with many international students who come to our many language schools to study English.

We practise on Friday evenings about 30 weeks per year at Bournemouth University located located between Bournemouth and Poole about two miles from the sea on the A3049. Please contact us for further info.

Bournemouth is twinned with Lucerne in Switzerland  & our bands logo as seen on our flag represents Bournemouth’s pier combined with the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne.



Unlike most other Guggenmusik bands we have retained basically the same costume throughout our history. We have our core colours of yellow & black and some of our audiences recognise us as the black & yellow band.

We have adapted our costume for our various trips and 2009 saw us as bees whilst in Lucerne. Our costume is bright & colourful & designed to reflect our desire to make music fun. See photos of us here.


Members (For a full list of members click here)

Currently Gugge 2000 has a membership of over 40 who range in age from less than 10 years old to over 60 years young.

We have a strong family connection including more than seven married couples,  3 sets of parents with children in the band & even one family with 3 generations as members!!

Our members are drawn from all walks of life including a plumber, a nurse, taxi driver, bus driver, shop keeper, sales representative, an artist & a train driver. We all share one passion – our love of Guggenmusik!!


Gugge 2000 currently has a repertoire of over 60 different numbers of which 40 are actively being played in 2009.

The range includes popular Guggenmusik like ‘Insanity’ & ‘Schlurfi’ but also includes a broad spectrum of musical styles & tastes ranging from ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to ‘Lolloipop by Mika’.

We also play modern numbers including ‘Basketcase’ and even a tune by Elbow! We play great rock anthems like 'Rock U', tunes from films like 'Summer Nights' from Grease & many many more. For our current list click here.

Our Vision

We want our Band to recreate an authentic Guggenmusik style and for that style to provide musical expression, enjoyment & lots of fun for our members & for our audiences. We also hope that we prove worthy ambassadors of Guggenmusik & help to spread this musical style in the UK.

Useful contacts


Glenn Mason - Bandmasterbandmaster@gugge2000.co.uk+441202896114
Steve Proehl - The Gig Guygigs@gugge2000.co.uk
Ben Scott - Sales & Marketingshop@gugge2000.co.uk


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