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Dutch Open ready for entertainment battle

Bands from four nations will head to Drachten this weekend to try and claim the prizes on offer at the Dutch Open.

Dutch Open
  The Dutch Open takes place this weekend in Drachten.

The Dutch Open Brass Band Championships will be held in theatre De Lawei in Drachten this weekend where 18 bands will be providing over 12 hours of entertainment.

Four nations

The adjudication team of Simone Rebello, Armin Bachman, Bert Appermont and Danny Oosterman will compare and contrasts the bands in the three sections from the bands from the home nation, Belgium, German and Scotland.

A wide variety of works are being performed including a compositions by Simon Dobson, Stan Nieuwenhuis, Peter Graham, Edward Gregson, Paul Raphael, Thibaut Bruniaux, Philip Sparke, Ludovic Neurohr, Bert Appermont and many more.


The Championship Section winner will take home a cash prize of 1,250 Euros plus the opportunity to participate in a special Yamaha Band Clinic event. The winners of the First and Second Sections will also add Yamaha Band Clinics to their prizes of 750 and 500 Euros respectively.

Competing bands:

Championship Section:

Brass Band De Spijkerpakkenband Opsterland
Brass Band De Bazuin A Oenkerk
Soli Brass Leeuwarden
Brass Band Rijnmond Rotterdam
De Wâldsang Buitenpost
Festival Brass Band Itegem
Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass

First Section:

Brass Band Amersfoort
Brass Band Oefening en Uitspanning Wijk en Aalburg
Brass Band Bamberg

Second Section:

Brass Band De Lofklank Ureterp
Brass Band David Zwolle
Gereformeerde Brass Band Groningen
Mercator Brass Band Kruibeke
Brass Band Euphonia Wolvega
Brass Band De Bazuin B Oenkerk
Backum Brass Castricum
Brass Band Gloria Dei Gerkesklooster-Stroobos

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