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Educational concert with the Royal Military Band Johan Willem Friso(KMK JWF), a DJ and a composite youth orchestra. Theme: Music and Technique

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2024
Location: De Nieuwe Kolk(DNK) in Assen

Further information to follow soon

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, special arrangements are written 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 following a reorganization of military music. Its duties include the musical accompaniment at official receptions of heads of state and ambassadors by His Majesty the King, adorning military ceremonial and giving relationship concerts.


The Royal Military Band 'Johan Willem Friso' continues the traditions of the former Royal Military Band in The Hague (founded in 1829) and the Johan Willem Friso Band in Assen (founded in 1819). The designation 'Royal' was granted on 3 August 1876 by King Willem III to the former military chapel in The Hague and it has pleased Her Majesty Queen Beatrix to also grant the new chapel the designation 'Royal' as of 01 January 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.