About us

Welcome, dear listeners and visitors!

The European Tian Guo Marching Band is truly unique – it brings together musicians from more than ten European countries and from many different walks of life. Along with their love of music, all of its members are united by their practice of Falun Dafa (for more information, please visit http://en.falundafa.org).

The principles of Falun Dafa – Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance – are universal in nature, and it is therefore altogether fitting that the Chinese name Tian Guo (meaning 'celestial') should be reminiscent of heaven. Music crosses borders and unites people and cultures. The members of Tian Guo Marching Band wish to bring joy to their audiences through their music. Their repertoire includes original compositions like Falun Dafa Hao and Song Bao, as well as classical works such as Ode to Joy and the Triumphal March from Verdi’s Aida.

The majority of the members of the European Tian Guo Marching Band are of Chinese descent. At present, around 100 members between 9 and 70 years of age play in the band. The European Tian Guo Marching Band participates in cultural parades and events in European cities such as London, Paris, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Warsaw and Berlin. With its performances, the band also draws attention to the persecution of Falun Dafa in China. Further information can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Falun_Gong.

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Videos

Here we have put together some very nice videos for you. In the section "Songs and lyrics" you will find more live recordings to listen to as MP3

Gallery

Prag 2019

Prag 2019

Prag 2019

Berlin 2019

Berlin 2019

Paris 2019

Paris 2019

Paris 2019

Bielefeld 2019

Frankfurt am Main 2019

Wien 2018

Wien 2018

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München 2018

München 2018

Zürich 2018

Luzern 2018

London 2018

London 2018

Frankfurt 2018

Frankfurt 2018

Frankfurt 2018

Kiev 2017

Kiev 2017

Kiev 2017

News - coverage about the performances of the European Tian Guo Marching Band

Falun Dafa practitioners held a large-scale parade in Frankfurt on September 1, 2018, to tell people about Falun Dafa and the persecution in China. It was a sunny day and the weekend happened to coincide with the Rheingau Wine Festival in Wiesbaden, a city located half an hour west of Frankfurt. Many locals and tourists alike were impressed by the practitioners' performances. Clearharmony.net
Falun Gong practitioners in the Czech Republic and nearby countries held a rally and parade in Prague on September 2, 2017. The activities aimed to introduce the health benefits of the spiritual discipline to the public and raise awareness of the 18-year-long persecution of the practice in China. Clearharmony.net
The sidewalks of downtown Zurich were filled with pedestrians who stopped to watch and record the whirlwind of colors from a marching band.

The European Tian Guo “Celestial” Marching Band led a procession on Oct. 5, to help raise awareness of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong.

“With this parade we want to show the world and people of Zurich what is actually going on in China,” said Manu Huwyler, Event PR Manager. “For the last 19 years, there has been a persecution of those who practice Falun Dafa.” Epoche Times
Golden dragons flew through Flushing, hovering low and allowing people to touch their smooth scales as floats carrying heavenly maidens went by, granting the earthly realm a glimpse of their divine finery. It was a magical entrance to the Lunar New Year. Epoche Times
FLUSHING, N.Y.—Brass horns, bright banners, and bustling dragon and lion dance troupes formed part of an hour-long parade on Flushing’s Main Street on the afternoon of April 23.

Pedestrians on the busy sidewalks paused and peered at the banners. “Falun Dafa is good,” one read. “Bring Jiang Zemin to justice,” another read. Passersby whipped out smartphones to snap videos and photos of the passing military band, colorful floats, and cheery ladies beating on Chinese waist drums. Epoche Times
(Minghui.org) The European Tian Guo Marching Band was invited by the Mayor of Eger, the second largest city in Northern Hungary, to take part in the local National Day celebration activities on August 20, 2016. The Tian Guo Marching Band is made up entirely of Falun Gong practitioners, who perform at many community events throughout Europe to share the beauty of Falun Gong and to raise awareness about the 17-year persecution of Falun Gong in China. Minghui.org
(Minghui.org) The Tian Guo Marching Band was invited to perform in Kraków, Poland, on August 26 and 27 to enthusiastic applause from the many spectators.

This was the fourth stop on the band’s tour, following Vienna, Austria, on August 23rd and Szeged and Eger in Hungary on the 21st and 20th. Minghui.net

Songs and lyrics

  • The Sacred Song

    Human life is always shrouded in illusion
    Every time when life loses its bearing
    I will sing, lightly, the song in my heart
    Do not complain
    Hold on to kindness
    Most people have come from heavens
    Becoming human to wait for the Creator
    That is the long-awaited hope for all beings
    This song awakens me
    This song gives me strength
    The sacred melody makes the sky clear

  • Falun Dafa Hao (Falun Dafa is Good)

    Falun Dafa is good
    Falun Dafa is good
    Falun Dafa is the righteous law
    The Buddha light illuminates everywhere

  • Fa Gu Fa Hao

    (instrumental)

  • The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos

    For so many years, we have been wandering around
    For so many years, we have been waiting
    Today, our hearts are singing
    Today, our spirit is rising

    Look, look, look, look, the Falun is coming

    For so many years, we have been in the maze
    For so many years, we have been searching
    Today, we have finally finally found
    Today, we are cheering out loud

    Look, look, look, look, the Falun is turning

    Look at Truthfulness
    Look at Compassion
    Look at Tolerance
    They are rectifying the Cosmos

  • Song Bao
    (Delivering a treasure)

    The wheels are turning – be quick! Truth is being delivered here. There is no time to fear snowstorms or heavy rain, no time to fear the burning sun.
    The wheels are turning – be quick! Truth is being delivered here.Who fears high mountains and long journeys? It’s reaching every home. Singing this song, my heart smiles with joy, so nobles it feels, warm light shining from above. Who fears high mountains and long journeys? It’s reaching every home.

    La la la ...
    Who fears high mountains and long journeys? It’s reaching every home.
    Good people, do you know? Truth is the greatest treasure of all. When good and bad can be told apart, blessings follow after the dream ends.
    Good people, do you know? Truth is the greatest treasure of all. Remember, good is the Falun way; ahead lies a bright, golden path. Singing this song, my heart smiles with joy, So nobles it feels, warm light shining from above. Remember, good is the Falun way; ahead lies a bright, golden path.

    La la la ...
    Remember, good is the Falun way, ahead lies a bright, golden path.

    La la la ...

  • King of Falun

    Falun Sacred King has come down to earth
    Saving sentient beings with mercy at heart
    The Fa that brings salvation is being spread
    Both men and gods now walk this earth

    King of kings, graceful Enlightened
    He came, bringing Ruyi and Truth
    Turning Falun, Recreating the Cosmos
    The eternal Gates of Heaven have already opened

    People lost in the maze, quickly wake up
    You waited for millennia, do not miss this
    Can you hear the calling of the gods
    This opportunity won’t present itself again

  • Ode to Joy

    Joy, beautiful sparking of divinity,
    Elysian daughter
    We walk drunk with fire,
    O Heavenly one, in your sanctuary!
    Your magic puts back together
    What Custom sternly broke a part;
    All people become brothers,
    Where your gentle wing tarries.

    Whoever has accomplished the great feat,
    Of being a friend to a friend;
    Whoever has won a fair wife,
    Ante up your jubilation!
    Yes, including he who calls
    Even just one soul on this earth his!
    And whoever can't say the same,
    Must steal away crying from this gathering!

    All of creation drinks Joy
    From Nature's breasts;
    All the good people, and the evil
    Follow her trail of roses.
    She gave us kisses and vines,
    A friend, tried and true1;
    Even the worm was given delight,
    And the Cherub stands before God.

    Brothers, run along your path2
    Mirthfully, like his heavenly objects fly
    Through the magnificent layout of the sky
    Joyfully, like a hero to victory.
    Be embraced, you millions!
    This kiss to the whole world!
    Brothers, above the starry firmament
    A dear father must live.
    Do you bow low, millions?
    Do you sense the Creator, World?
    Search for him over the starry firmament!
    He must live above the stars.

  • Buddha sacred mercy music

    (instrumental)

  • Aida

    (instrumental)

  • Triumphant Return

    (instrumental)

  • Thank you Master

    (instrumental)

Rediscovering - the tradition with its traditional values

The symbol on our Drum Master’s baton needs explaining!

The swastika symbol on our baton often causes confusion in Europe: “Doesn’t this look like a Nazi swastika?!?” We are asked this question regularly, so we’d like to explain that OUR SWASTIKA is an ancient symbol of good fortune that has been venerated in Asia for thousands of years. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten the original meaning of the swastika symbol in the aftermath of World War 2. The true swastika is contained five times in the symbol that represents Falun Dafa, and it is in itself one of the holiest symbols of mankind. Because its rotating form is reminiscent of a spiral galaxy, it serves as a representation of the universe. Furthermore, it is the sacred sign of the Buddha that can be found on countless Buddha statues across Asia. Even the largest Buddha statue in the world (on Lantau Island in Hong Kong – see picture) has a swastika symbol on its chest.

The word ‘swastika’ comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India, and it consists of three parts. ‘Swa’ means ‘higher self’, ‘asti’ means ‘to be’ and ‘ka’ is a suffix. The word therefore means: ‘Higher Being.’ Through Buddhism, which originally came from India, this symbol also came to China. The ancient Chinese believed that Buddhas revealed this symbol to mankind, and it is therefore associated with happiness, purity and other positive things. However, many other cultures have also used the swastika: Aztecs and Mayans used it to decorate burial mounds, clothing, and their jewellery. The ancient Greeks used it on coins and to decorate their temples and palaces. It can also be seen in Roman catacombs, churches, and tombs. The earliest swastika ever found comes from Ukraine: it was carved in mammoth ivory some 12,000 years ago!

Our Uniform: Intriguing Facts about China’s Traditional Clothing

We have two different uniforms in the European Tian Guo Marching Band: A modern, American-style uniform with trousers and baseball caps, and costumes inspired by China’s Tang Dynasty!

Our traditional uniform consists of the heavenly colours, white and blue. In typical Chinese style, it has many different components and layers of fabric. In addition, there are broad and ornate adornments in the style of the Tang Dynasty. The chest and back are decorated with Chinese characters that mean “Joy through music”. The snare drummers wear hats with red feathers, while each of the other band members wears a blue cap with a jade stone on the forehead, which represents the goodness in human beings. Our shirts have no buttons, but are tied at the side.

Support

How can I help?

The European Tian Guo Marching Band does not receive any financial support from governments or other public sources: All performances are currently financed by the musicians themselves. Therefore, we welcome sponsors that could help to secure our marching band for the future. Our aim is to become an integral part of European cultural life!

What would my support help achieve?

We believe that values and traditions are the basic prerequisites for our society to remain human and to continue to exist into the future! Today, we observe everywhere how society is changing rapidly and how our humanity is being pushed into the background. Many children and adults spend more time with their smartphones than with their fellow human beings. Our human environment is becoming colder and colder. We wish to counteract this trend!

With our marching band, we set an example for a peaceful and vibrant coexistence of generations and cultures. We remind our audience of what is truly important! If you’d like to help support the revival of traditional values and culture, and if the cultivation of classical music is important to you, then you have come to the right place! Help support the European Tian Guo Marching Band as it performs in your city or across Europe!

We need:

  • Tour buses,
  • Rehearsal rooms,
  • Accommodation (hostel, hotel, gymnasium...)

In addition, we require: Instruments & equipment, music lessons and marching instructors.

As a “Thank you”, sponsors of the European Tian Guo Marching Band may display their company logo on our website and will receive special mention during our performances.

Who will benefit from my support?

Financial donations will be administered by the recognized non-profit association “Ars Honesta – Verein für Kunst und Menschenrechte e.V.” (Registered Association for Art and Human Rights). As sponsor, you may decide what we should use your donation for. We have an entire catalogue of possibilities, which we will gladly send to you upon receipt of your written request.

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