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Economy measures affect military bands
KMK merged with JWF
Assen (NL), Mon, 12. Sep 2005The Koninklijke Militaire Kapel had to move to the city of Assen to merge with the Johan Willem Friso Kapel.

On January 1st 2005 the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel ceased to exist. The renowned band, which from 1829 onward had rendered such excellent services to the Royal Family and the Governement and had given so many brilliant concerts to the public had to move to Assen to merge with the Johan Willem Friso Kapel at that city.
Since February 25th, when the the new band got the predicate ‘Koninklijk’ (Royal), the official name of the new orchestra is “Koninklijke Militaire Kapel ‘Johan Willem Friso’”.
It is only now thanks to the great CD’s they made in the past that we can still enjoy the original sound of the KMK.

Horn player Jacob Slagter warns:
'Economy Measures Disastrous for KMK'
The Hague (NL), Thu, 4. Dec 2003In 'Friesch Dagblad' of October 18th 2003 horn player Jacob Slagter of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra writes that the Royal Military Band (Koninklijke Militaire Kapel) is now reduced in number to such a degree that it may keep on functioning only with the musicians' utmost effort.

"Last Saturday I acted as guest conductor for the KMK (Royal Military Band) in Oirschot,' writes Jacob Slagter, principal horn in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in 'Friesch Dagblad' of October 18th 2003. "We play a lot together these days and I get to know the members very well. It strikes me time and again how devoted these musicians are to their job, and this in spite of the fact that they have often to perform under the most extreme conditions, standing for hours in hot or cold weather and playing the most diverse kinds of music.
For these men the fact that they are already for years victim of a strict policy of retrenchment is enough to make them despair. This beautiful orchestra with a tradition of more than 150 years is within a short time reduced to nothing more than a simple brass band. The number of musicians is reduced to such a degree that no one can allow himself to be ill - there is simply no one to replace him.
It fills me with great respect when I see how, in spite of all the misery, these musicians are still devoting themselves with all their energy and enthusiasm to the music in all his aspects.
I hope to have made clear to the people who are responsible for the future of the KMK what the artistic and social importance is of this beautiful orchestra with its specific symphonic sound and rich tradition."


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