Dutch Open is ready for brass battle

Tuesday 4 June 2019

This Saturday the 8th of June 2019 the Dutch Open Brass Band Championships (DOBC) will be held in theatre De Lawei in Drachten, The Netherlands. Every year more bands want to participate in these popular championships. No previous edition of the DOBC has seen so many competing bands. Spectators can expect a day full of beautiful brass music.

The DOBC starts at 10 am with eight bands in the second section. One of the pieces that will be performed is A Brief Symphony of Time by Simon Dobson. This piece was commissioned by Smørås Skolemusikk and is a tribute to physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in 2018. Smørås Skolemusikk won the Norwegian championship NM skolekorps brass 2018.

From 3.20 pm the first section will take the stage. In this section there are three participants. The program includes the works A King's Lie by Stan Nieuwenhuis, Journey to the Center of the Earth by Peter Graham and Of Distant Memories by Edward Gregson.

From 5.45 pm the battle starts in the championship section. With seven bands, this section is well represented. Two bands will perform A Brussels Requiem. This piece was written by Bert Appermont in 2017 following the attacks in Brussels a year earlier. The French children's song Au claire de la Lune is the common thread. The piece consists of four parts and revolves around hope and belief in another world and is also a tribute to all victims. Appermont will judge the first and second section and will undoubtedly sit among the spectators during the championship section. Other pieces to be played are Destination Moon by Paul Raphael, The 39th Parallel by Peter Graham, Machu Picchu - The Secret City by Thibaut Bruniaux, A Tale as Yet Untold by Philip Sparke and The Fallen Bride by Ludovic Neurohr.

This year the international adjudicators are Simone Rebello from the United Kingdom, Armin Bachmann from Switzerland, Bert Appermont from Belgium and Danny Oosterman from the Netherlands. For each section the adjudication team will consist of two adjudicators.

There are several interesting prizes for the winning bands. The total value of prizes awarded this edition has never been so high.

Just like last year, Brasspass.tv will provide the live stream. The live stream from DOBC is available as a monthly subscription of GPB 12.99. There is a video on demand option on the platform, with which the video can be viewed several times. With the monthly subscription you can also view other videos, e.g. the recordings of the Dutch Open in 2018 and concerts of the Cory Band.

Tickets for the Dutch Open Brass Band Championships can be ordered through the website of the DOBC: http://www.dobc.eu/index.php/wpgforms/kaarten/ A ticket for the morning and afternoon program only (Second Section and First Section) costs €10.00. A full day ticket costs €15.00 and gives access to the entire event.

 For more information, please contact:

Mrs. Amarens Melchers-Visser, 0031-613785865

dobceu@gmail.com / www.dobceu.nl

 1.      Competing Bands

Second Section

De Lofklank, Ureterp

Brassband David, Zwolle

Gereformeerde Brass Band Groningen

Mercator Brass Band, Kruibeke (B)

Euphonia, Wolvega

De Bazuin B, Oenkerk

Backum Brass, Castricum

Gloria Deï, Gerkesklooster-Stroobos 

First Section:

Brassband Amersfoort

Oefening en Uitspanning, Wijk en Aalburg

Brass Band Bamberg (D) 

Championship Section:

De Spijkerpakkenband, Opsterland

De Bazuin A, Oenkerk

Soli Brass, Leeuwarden

Brassband Rijnmond, Rotterdam

De Wâldsang, Buitenpost

Festival Brass Band Itegem (B)

Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass Band (SCT)

2.      Own-choice test-pieces to be performed are:

·      The Raid - Oliver Waespi

·      Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Peter Graham

·      A King’s Lie - Stan Nieuwenhuis

·      Flashback- Jan de Haan (2x)

·      A Tale as Yet Untold -Philip Sparke

·      Mountain Views - Bertrand Moren

·      The Fallen Bride - Ludovic Neurohr

·      Suite Gothique - Léon Boëllmann, arr. Eric Ball

·      Of Distant Memories - Edward Gregson

·      Destination Moon - Paul Raphael

·      A Brussels Requiem - Bert Appermont (2x)

·      Kingdom of Dragons - Philip Harper

·      As a glow - Ludovic Neurohr

·      Machu Picchu- The Secret City - Thibaut Bruniaux

·      A Brief Symphony of Time - Simon Dobson

·      The 39th Parallel - Peter Graham

3.      Schedule

09:00 Draw 2nd Section

09:55 Opening

10:00 2nd Section

14:10 Draw 1st Section

15:20 1st Section

16:15 Draw Championship Section

17:10 Break

17:25 Results 2nd and 1st Section

17.45 Championship Section

22.35 Results and Awards Ceremony

 

4.      Prizes 2019

Championship section
1st Prize                                 DOBC Trophy                                                           Gemeente Smallingerland

                                             Participation Yamaha Band Clinic                                Yamaha Music Europe

                                             Cash prize € 1.250                                                                      Stichting DOBC

 

2nd Prize                                 Trophy runner-up                                                                      Stichting DOBC

                                               Cash prize € 250                                                          Music Shop Europe B.V.

 

3rd Prize                                 Trophy 3rd place                                                                       Stichting DOBC

                                               Voucher € 100                                                             Music Shop Europe B.V.

 

Soloist                                    Trophy Best soloist                                                                    Stichting DOBC

 

Programme                           Trophy Most innovative programme                                       Stichting DOBC

 

All participants                     Voucher € 100                                                                      De Slagwerkplaats

 

First section
1st Prize                                 DOBC Trophy                                                           Gemeente Smallingerland

                                               Participation Yamaha Band Clinic                                Yamaha Music Europe

                                               Cash prize € 750                                                                         Stichting DOBC

 

2nd Prize                                 Trophy runner-up                                                                      Stichting DOBC

                                               Cash prize € 250                                                                         Stichting DOBC

 

3rd Prize                                 Trophy 3rd place                                                                        Stichting DOBC

                                               Voucher € 100                                                             Music Shop Europe B.V.

 

Soloist                                    Trophy Best soloist                                                                    Stichting DOBC

 

Programme                           Trophy Most innovative programme                                       Stichting DOBC

 

All participants                     Voucher € 100                                                                      De Slagwerkplaats

 

Second section
1st Prize                                 DOBC Trophy                                                           Gemeente Smallingerland

                                               Participation Yamaha Band Clinic                                Yamaha Music Europe

                                               Cash prize € 500                                                                         Stichting DOBC

 

2nd Prize                                 Trophy runner-up                                                                      Stichting DOBC

                                               Cash prize € 250                                                                         Stichting DOBC

 

3rd Prize                                 Trophy 3rd place                                                                        Stichting DOBC

                                               Voucher € 100                                                             Music Shop Europe B.V.

 

Soloist                                    Trophy Best soloist                                                                    Stichting DOBC

 

Programme                           Trophy Most innovative programme                                      Stichting DOBC

 

All participants                     Voucher € 100                                                                      De Slagwerkplaats

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