His Majesty‘s Royal Netherlands Marechaussee performs in Poland
In 2016, Major Leszek Mieczkowski, Deputy Director of the Representative Orchestra of the Polish Border Guard, was guest-director in the Netherlands at the commemoration of Operation Market Garden, the battle at the city of Arnhem in which many Polish soldiers took part.
In return, “Het Trompetterkorps der Koninklijke Marechaussee”, the Band of His Majesty‘s Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, will be performing at various festivities in Poland: on 7 July in Nowy Sącz, on 8 July Muszyna and on 9 July 2017 in Krynica-Zdrój.
The gathering of Polish and Dutch Military Bands will contribute not only to more cooperation between the Polish and Dutch military and Border Guards, but most importantly create a platform to exchange experiences and best practices.
The Band of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is one of six military bands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The band is able to provide a full strength concert and marching band of 49 musicians. A number of smaller ensembles, such as a big band, brass quintets and quartets and a saxophone quartet, can be formed from the main band.
The Band members are all military personnel and professional or semi-professional musicians.
Owing to the band’s unique line-up of brass instruments, saxophones and extended percussion instruments and the fact that fifteen flugelhorns are responsible for the band’s “soft” brass timbre, the Band of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee has a unique and solid overall sound.
The band’s commandant is Captain Hans Kleemans, its conductor is Captain Peter Kleine Schaars and its drum major is Warrant Officer 1 Marc Gouswaart.
As with all military bands, the Band of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee represents the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee during State occasions and carries out ceremonial duties, such as medal and graduation parades, for the Netherlands armed forces. During the past ten years, the band has performed in Sweden, the UK, France, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, Israel, Italy, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Finland.