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On Thursday, June 6, the KMKJWF will host a spectacular concert featuring a composite Youth Orchestra. This temporary youth orchestra stems from the Bloazen Bliksem project of the Groningen Drenthe Music Association (MGD).

What can you expect besides beautiful music? Special effects, a drone, premiere of the new piece Ellert and Brammert by Ivo Kouwenhoven ánd 2 great soloists. Namely Lito Fontana (trombonist from Italy) and Daniël Schwagermann (the youngest musician of KMKJWF, on bass tuba).

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2024
Concert Commencement: 8 p.m.
Cost: € 15.00
Location: De Nieuwe Kolk(DNK) in Assen.

Ticket KMKJWF with Great Youth Orchestra

Royal Military Band 'Johan Willem Friso'

The Royal Military Band 'Johan Willem Friso' is a "company orchestra." For the most part, the chapel is active within the armed forces. In addition, the chapel has a representative task on behalf of the armed forces. And regularly performs various concerts and tattoos at home and abroad.

On the concert stage, the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel 'Johan Willem Friso' presents itself through a programming in which original wind music, transcriptions of classical repertoire, light music and entertainment are in balance. With regularity there are specially written arrangements and the band performs with well-known artists. The tattoo shows are characterized by sophisticated choreography and a solid military appearance. The chapel has been under the direction of Major Frans-Aert Burghgraef since October 2023.

The Royal Military Band 'Johan Willem Friso' was created on January 1, 2005 after a reorganization of military music. Its tasks include the musical accompaniment at official receptions of heads of state and ambassadors by His Majesty the King. It also plays music for military ceremonies and concerts for relations.


The Koninklijke Militaire Kapel 'Johan Willem Friso' continues the traditions of the former Koninklijke Militaire Kapel from The Hague (founded 1829) and the Johan Willem Friso Kapel from Assen (founded 1819). The designation 'Royal' was granted on August 3, 1876 by King Willem III to the former military band in The Hague. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix has also been pleased to grant the new chapel the designation 'Royal' as of January 1, 2005.

If the chapel is used at ceremonial ceremonies, such as the opening of the session of the States General (Prinsjesdag) and burials of members of the Royal House, the chapel performs in the Ceremonial Dress of the Garderegiment Grenadiers. Characteristic of this are the bear hats and shell trees donated to the then Royal Military Band by Queen Emma in 1901.

Johan Willem Friso

Johan Willem Friso (1687 - 1711), Prince of Orange, Prince of Nassau-Dietz, was the son of Hendrik Casimir II and Henrietta Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau. He acquired the stadtholdership of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe after the death of his father in 1696, under the guardianship of his mother. In 1702, by virtue of William III's testamentary disposition, he became his heir; also of the title "Prince of Orange. This was because the King Stadholder William III died childless and was double cousin to Johan Willem Friso.

At the age of 20, Johan Willem Friso was honored as stadholder and held the post of commander-in-chief from then on. He distinguished himself in the battle of Oudenaarde (1708), the siege of Lille and the battle of Malplaquet (1709). Johan Willem Friso married Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel.

In 1711 he was called to The Hague to settle the inheritance of William III. Over which there was a dispute between him and the King of Prussia. During his trip to The Hague, he drowned when the ferry across the Hollands Diep capsized due to a storm.

Composite Youth Orchestra

There is a youth orchestra of about 80 musicians composed of amateur orchestras mainly from Drenthe and Groningen. See also Bloazen Bliksem of MGD

For the entire program of Groningen Brass Experience 2024, click here