Since 2009, “Brass for Peace” is a registered non-profit organization in Germany. The members of this organization are mostly from Germany. Brass for Peace established in cooperation with the Lutheran Schools and Churches, single group and ensemble lessons for brass instruments. It makes it possible for children in Bethlehem and surroundings to learn a brass instrument.
The initial idea for “Brass for Peace” arose during a visit to Germany by Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor in Bethlehem, in 2005. He envisioned brass musicians playing their instruments at the wall being erected around Bethlehem. He wondered, like long ago in Jericho, was it possible that the wall might fall down under the sounds of the horns (and trumpets)? Since there was not yet a brass ensemble in Bethlehem, Pastors Dr. Mitri Raheb, Eberhard Helling, and Friedemann Schmidt-Eggert (former Chairman of EPiD) developed the idea of a brass ensemble in and for Bethlehem. In the meantime, the “Brass for Peace” organization was founded and the initial idea began to take shape. “Brass for Peace” organized brass music campaigns and Brass tours in the Holy Land and in Germany and started a brass music project in Lutheran schools in Bethlehem region.
The idea for Brass for Peace music project in its current form was hatched at Talitha Kumi. After a concert given by German brass musicians in October 2007 that was enthusiastically received by the pupils, the principal at that time, Dr. Georg Dürr, expressed his wish that every child should have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Prof. Monika Hofmann took up this idea and implemented it for brass instruments. Existing contacts were activated and new contacts made in the Bethlehem region and since January 2008, German volunteers have been giving lessons at the school. Currently there are around 50 children participating in the project, taught by the two volunteers Carolin Modersohn and Moritz Luebben.
All the work of „Brass for Peace“ is done by volunteers and honorary members in Germany and Palestine. The work of the volunteers is made possible through donations by friends of “Brass for Peace”.
Music brings people together, and is also important for self-development. In the brass project children learn to listen to each other, to respect each other. It´s better to perform music together, not to quarrel with each other.