Adest Mu­sica DRUM CORPS

Every month, Stu Warm­ing­ton puts the spot­light on march­ing drums

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

■ This month we leave Basel be­hind and head 800km North to the quaint town of Sassen­heim in the Nether­lands, where we meet Adest Mu­sica. Sassen­heim’s Drum and Show­band Adest Mu­sica (NLD) was es­tab­lished on 31st Jan­uary 1952. The band cur­rently con­sists of more than 60 mu­si­cians and is one of the top civil­ian march­ing bands in the Nether­lands.

Adest Mu­sica’s reper­toire cov­ers a broad spec­trum, rang­ing from the stan­dard Bri­tish-style marches through to mod­ern chart and film scores.

The youth mu­si­cians are trained by Adest Mu­sica’s in­struc­tors. Be­fore they can join the Drum and Show­band, they must have earned sev­eral diplo­mas and have gained ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence within the Youth Band.

There are a lot of mu­si­cians from all over the coun­try who join Adest Mu­sica. Some of them travel hours to Sassen­heim just to at­tend re­hearsals. In a busy year – which might con­tain the World Mu­sic Con­test (WMC) – they have to travel to Sassen­heim at least twice a week for re­hearsals.

It’s tra­di­tion for the WMC to be held in Kerkrade every four years. In the Nether­lands, it’s a bit like the Olympics for Show and March­ing bands. Bands from all over the world are judged on their skills and drills to find the best band out there.

Adest Mu­sica has been part of the top five in the history of the WMC.

Up un­til 2010, the band had their shows in Bel­gium and France on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, as well as their usual per­for­mances in the Nether­lands. Since 2010, the band has also played in Ger­many, Lux­em­bourg, Nor­way, Den­mark, North­ern Ire­land and Switzer­land.

Mem­bers must be highly ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore they can join the Adest Mu­sica Show­band

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