The first concerts for 2016 take place in Germany. Six Vrijthof concerts are also on sale and are sold out in no time.
Together with Frank Steijns, André composes a waltz for the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth the second: the Windsor Waltz.
In the spring of 2016, André visits the bustling city of Bangkok. He visits some tourist attractions in the city together with his orchestra. He also gives various concerts in Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Romania.
His biography, written by his wife Marjorie, is published in the Maastricht dialect in June. The mayor of Maastricht receives the first copy.
July is party time in André’s native city. For the 12th year in succession, Maastricht is transformed into a real waltz city for two weeks. This time, the Maestro invites 150 dancing couples to waltz on the square. Lou Bega is the special guest this year, giving a swinging show together with the orchestra.
In September, it is Argentina’s turn. André also gives a one-off concert in Maastricht. This time it is not in the well-known Vrijthof square, but in the much smaller Onze-Lieve-Vrouweplein. This performance is full of nostalgia for André and his orchestra. It was here that he once started with open-air concerts in Maastricht.
In November, André and the Johann Strauss Orchestra go down under to Australia and New Zealand. André and his orchestra are given another warm welcome. Also in November, his new CD ‘Falling in love’ comes out.
December features the UK tour. Trombone player Ruud Merx has a heart attack and André breaks the tour off prematurely. Sadly, Ruud passes away in Maastricht a week later, surrounded by his family.