Adest Musica DRUM CORPS
Every month, Stu Warmington puts the spotlight on marching drums
■ 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