EM 2024: Saxophonist André Schnura plays his way into the hearts of fans

EM 2024: Saxophonist André Schnura plays his way into the hearts of fans

EM „Major Tom“

A saxophonist delights German fans

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By Laura Wolf

Editor News & Society

When he plays, the atmosphere is boiling – saxophonist André Schnura is the fan favourite of the European Championship

Saxophonist André Schnura has become a minor celebrity at the European Championships. With sunglasses, a Völler jersey and his distinctive black saxophone, he has played his way into the hearts of the fans.

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He starts singing “Major Tom” and the fans can’t contain themselves: Saxophonist André Schnura has become a celebrity at the European Championships. With sunglasses, a Völler jersey and his black saxophone, he plays his way into people’s hearts. Who is the man?

The European Championship in Germany brings nations and fans together, people cheer, hug and of course dance and sing in the streets. One young musician in particular gets the fan miles going: saxophonist André Schnura. With his black instrument, sunglasses and in his Rudi Völler jersey, he wins the hearts of fans at the European Championship parties with “Major Tom” and “Zeit, dass sich was dreht”. The videos from Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt have millions of views on Instagram.

The 30-year-old from Haan-Gruiten near Wuppertal did not expect this success. “I am completely overwhelmed and infinitely grateful for what is happening right now. This week has been such a crazy up and down – at the beginning of the week I was fired from the music school where I taught for six years due to a new TVöD regulation and I was already wondering how I should carry on now,” he writes on Instagram. His profile, in which he calls himself a “wedding & event saxophonist”, now has over 91,000 followers.

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Schnura uses the attention to promote his trademark: the black saxophone from his own company. But he also uses it to help others with his music: “To give something back, we have decided that from now on, for the rest of this year, we will donate €150 for every saxophone sold through our shop” – the money will go to the Toni Kroos Foundation for seriously ill children: “We are still a mini company and can’t move mountains, but why shouldn’t we just start doing something good on a small scale?”

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“If we get to the final, he has to play the anthem!”

The fact that respect and love for humanity are important to Schnura is also made clear by the messages he uses in his EM posts: “From now on, let’s just love each other” and “let’s just stop this hate,” he writes in the videos in which dozens of fans stand and dance around the musician.

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“In addition to the goal of making saxophone playing cool again, I hope to be able to give some love back at the same time,” says Schnura.

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These goals have probably already been achieved, the comments under the videos speak for themselves. “I think I speak for everyone when I say that you are doing Germany and the European Championships so incredibly well with your vibe. Thank you!”, it says. According to the “Stuttgarter Zeitung”, the DFB fan club has booked Schnura for three days, but what will happen after the DFB team’s last group game is not known. For many fans, however, one thing is clear: “If we get to the final, he has to play the anthem!”

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