Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy

Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
(Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine)

As early as the 17th century in the days of Fleet Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, one of the initiators of the Netherlands Marine Corps, music has played an important role in the navy. Commands were initially passed on aboard the ships and barracks ashore with various drums, bugles and fifes calls and music was often made during the long voyages.

Transforming from ships’ bands and ensembles into a land-based full sized orchestra ashore, the Marine Band turned into the all-round musical ambassador of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Since 1945 this band navigates from solemn and special national occasions to a wide range of international performances and is known for her versatility and interpretation of a widely varying repertoire, illustrating the motto of the Marine Corps: Qua Patet Orbis, ‘As far as the world extends’. From military marching formation, intimate accompanying ensemble, extended big band and classic symphonic wind band to a stunning cover band; no music style is absent from the enormous repertoire.

The Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy developed an appreciation for Russia and the music of her great composers. As part of the celebrations of 300 years Peter the Great and the jubilee of the city, concert tours to St. Petersburg were made in 1997 and 2003. In 2009 the branch of the Hermitage in Amsterdam was opened with a concert and attended by Queen Beatrix and President Medvedev.

In 2013 the Marine Band and the Drums & Fifes of the Netherlands Marine Corps participated in the famous International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” on the Red Square in Moscow.

In March 2017 Major Arjan Tien was appointed Director of Music and chief conductor of the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy.