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Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
The Marine Band, based in Rotterdam, was founded in 1945 and is in fact the continuation of the pre-war Regimental Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, founded by King Willem III in 1864.
The 54 professional musicians, combined with the artistic and creative abilities of their conductors, have substantially contributed to the development and appreciation of military music in the Netherlands. With a characteristic 'Sound & Drive', the band has won the hearts of a large public. It is the musical visiting card of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The band's principal responsibility is the musical accompaniment of military ceremonial events for the Royal Family, Government and the Royal Netherlands Navy. Traditional highlights are the annual opening of the States General (Prinsjesdag), The Netherlands Military Tattoo, Remembrance Day and the Marine Corps concerts.
But there's much more than just marching music on the repertoire. This Symphonic Wind Band is extremely versatile and its musical styles range from classical, popular, Dixieland, Big Band to chamber music. Various ensembles can be formed: a string ensemble, dance band, brass ensemble. Almost any combination is possible.
The busy annual programme, of up to 150 performances, makes great demands on this musical company including preparation, organizing and rehearsing to ensure attractive presentation and musical quality.
The band travels thousands of miles each year, performing both at home and abroad, living up to the Dutch Marines' motto Qua Patet Orbis: "As far as the world extends". In combination with radio & television presentations and the countless albums sold worldwide, the ‘sound’ reaches far beyond the Dutch borders, not just to most European countries, but also to the United States, Russia, Japan, the Netherlands Antilles and Dubai for example. Among these international performances are the accompanying of international performing artists and collaboration with other orchestras as The United States Marine Band "The Presidents Own" and The Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines.
Official website: www.marine.nl/marinierskapel