MARINE BAND OF THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS NAVY
The Marine Band, based in Rotterdam, was founded on 1st August 1945 and is in fact the continuation of the pre-war Regimental Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy. In 2015 the Marine Band played an important rôle at the festivities on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (1665–2015). Nowadays this ensemble is made up of 53 professional musicians who, combined with the artistic and creative abilities of their conductors, have contributed substantially to the development and appreciation of military music in the Netherlands. The band is the musical visiting card of the Royal Netherlands Navy and with a characteristic ‘sound and drive’, it has won the hearts of a large public. The band’s principal responsibility is the musical accompaniment of military ceremonial events for the Royal Family, the government and the Royal Netherlands Navy. Traditional highlights are the annual State Opening of the Senate (Prince’s Day), Remembrance Day, the Marine Corps concert and the Netherlands Military Tattoo. There is much more than just marching music in the repertoire; this symphonic wind band is extremely versatile and its musical styles range from classical, popular, Dixieland and big band to chamber music, including a string ensemble. 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.
Photo: Maurits van Hout