The Teutonic Council of Savannah and the Chatham County Commission are pleased to present
a live performance of the acclaimed Big Band from Halle (Germany) on Saturday, October 7 at
5:00 p.m. on the Tybee Island Pier.
The Big Band is associated with Martin Luther University in Halle. This university is also has a
student/faculty partnership for several years with the Armstrong and Statesboro Campuses of
Georgia Southern University. This exceptional jazz ensemble specializes in big band-style jazz,
pop standards, and original compositions. They have also performed across Europe, South
America and beyond.
This Savannah-Halle special exchange is sponsored by a grant from The Halle Foundation of
Atlanta. The Foundation was founded by former Coca-Cola President Claus Halle, and focuses
on bolstering German American relations in the state of Georgia.
The Teutonic Council of Savannah was formed in 2014 by members of The German Heritage
Society, The German Friendly Society of Savannah, Georgia and The German Salzburger
Society to promote cultural activities and foster relationships with Savannah’s Partner City in
Halle, Germany. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to support meaningful cultural
exchange between Savannah, Germany and Austria, with a special focus Halle, Germany.
“Deepening Savannah’s relationship with Halle, Germany has been rich and rewarding on many
levels,” said James N. Anderson, Ph.D., Vice President of the Teutonic Council of Savannah,
who helped develop the original partner city relationship between the Armstrong and Statesboro
campuses of Georgia Southern University. “We’re delighted to bring such a talented big band to
Tybee Island and the other locations for an unforgettable performance in honor of German
The Teutonic Council introduced German-American Day in Savannah, sponsoring an annual
celebration with speakers and offering information about significant cultural, historic and
scientific contributions that Germans and German-Americans have made to the United States and