Guest speaker at the NEN Academy

Today I was invited to inspire the management of the NEN at the NEN Academy. Coaching isn’t a great mystery. It’s just hard work, determination, and inspiration at the right moment. What makes a leader inspirational? The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance and success is a skill that leaders need. The leader’s behavior must inspire…

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Ensemble de Cuivre Valaisan, preparation for the Swiss open

This weekend I worked with Francois Roh in Valasia. The Ensemble de Cuivra Valaisan where preparing their contest music for this weekends Swiss open Brassband Champions. We worked on their program for this year: the set test piece Metropolis by Peter Graham, Hunnenschlacht bij Franz Liszt and the march The President. It was good to meet all bandmembers again after…

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Carlton Main 7th On British Open Brassband Championships

The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band conducted by Erik Janssen in the Birmingham concert Hall.   4bars rest wrote the following comments:   A solid opening if not the most atmospheric we’ve heard today and Black Land proceeds without major incident. The Towering Colliery impresses in its sound and this is coming across as a workmanlike performance whilst not grabbing…

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NNJO Denmark tour

July 29th till August 6th we had our summertour to Denmark and Germany. Het Noord Nederlands Jeugdorkest  (www.nnjo.nl)  ( North Dutch youth windband) toured with over 70 young musicians. After some great concert in Denmark and Germany, places like Aarhus, Bremen and Hamburg. Michael Steenbergen delivered a great memory: he produced this nice clip Enjoy:    

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Academie de Cuivres et Percussion de Larmor Plage, France

Last weekend I was invited to give a masterclass to some young conductors in France. The organsiation was impressive and it is great to see so many young and talented brassplayers  working together. All teachers involved where stunning and so dedicated. The students of the conducting class worked with me and the artistic director of the week Florent Didier. The…

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World Music contest Kerkrade

It was a great weekend in Kerkrade! Last weekend I was priviliged to conduct my 2 favorite bands in Kerkrade during the World Music Contest. It was a pleasure to welcome my friend from Yorkshire in our great little country! The galaconcert with Carlton Main was Live broadcasted on the Radio. We featured a program featuring  some of Ben Hollings compositions.…

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World Music Contest Kerkrade 2017

The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band from the former Miners town South Elmsall returns to Kerkrade. How great to be part of this event and so nice to visit the Netherlands with CMFCB. The relationship between the World Music Contest and Carlton Main goes right back to 1949, to a post-war tour to Kerkrade in which a certain David Read was…

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Bob Childs conducted de Spijkerpakkenband

Last weekend Bob Childs was guestconductor of de Spijkerpakkenband. Het worked with the band and myself to help us with the preparation of our performance at the World Music contest in Kerkrade. It was impressive as always, what a great passion we share ! After a briljant weekend , Bob had to write  his name on our wall of fame. Who will…

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Spijkerpakkend will Challenge in Elite Division

Top shop fit for Blue Jeans Band Spijkerpakkenband heads to the Championship Division at the Dutch National Championships after opting for promotion.   One of the most instantly recognisable brass bands in Europe is looking forward to challenging at Elite level later this year after accepting the invitation from the Dutch National Championship organisers to accept promotion to the Championship…

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