Roll Call: Koninklijke Marechaussee


The Koninklijke Marechaussee visited us twice; each time it was a different group:

  • 2009: Trompetterkorps der Koninklijke Marechaussee
  • 2012: Historisch Tamboerkorps der Koninklijke Marechaussee


Programme Notes: CTMT 2009

img_5294“The Trompetterkorps der Koninklijke Marechaussee was established in 1950, but its organisational roots go back to 1814, when Willem van Oranje established the Maréchaussée as a type of constabulary. Officially, today’s Marechaussee is the Dutch military police corps, but in fact it carries out a wide range of military and civilian tasks, including policing, guard and security duties for several ministries of state.

The Trompetterkorps is a 57-strong marching band, which participates regularly in important state occasions, but can also break down into a number of smaller ensembles. It performs about 75 times a year within The Netherlands and abroad. Countries it has visited include Australia, Russia, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand and Finland.

Its members are all semi-professional bandsmen, either on short-term contracts or as reservists, most with a degree in music. Regular police officers can also join the band, as long as their regular police duties do not interfere with the band’s schedule. It is commanded by Captain C Peters; the Director of Music is Captain E Janssen, and the Drum Major is Warrant Officer Class 1 M Gouswaart.” (CTMT 2009)


Programme Notes: CTMT 2012

“On 12th April 1950 – after a financial support action by the people of the town of Appeldoorn – the then Mayor of Appeldoorn offered a complete set of musical instruments and thus the Drum Corps of the Royal Dutch Military Police (Marechaussee) was founded. The instrumentation consists of parade drums, tenor drums, a bass drum and bugles in E-flat, together with bass bugles, in E-flat as well. The then garrison town of Appeldoorn now has its own ‘military band’.

During the subsequent years, the Drum Corps developed into a fanfare corps and thus the Band of the Royal Dutch Military Police came into operation.

However, in September 2006 and as an initiative of a former percussionist of the Band and with the authorisation of the Commander of the Military Police, the Historical Drum Corps of the Marechaussee was founded and the nostalgic sound of the first drum corps came into life again. In this way, the Military Police proves its appreciation of great musical and historical values.

The Historical Corps of Drums presents itself at special occasions, both as an independent unit and together with the Band of the Royal Dutch Military Police. The latter takes place at reunions, veteran days, historical events and tattoos. Sometimes the Historical Drum Corps takes care of military ceremonial duties if the Band is not available due to other duties or to a stay abroad.

The Historical Drum Corps wants to return to the era before 1975 in the same uniform of those days; blue with high collar and shoulder knot.

The actual Historical Drum Corps fully consists of volunteers, amongst whom former Marechaussee musicians and other talented musicians. The percussion section gets its instruction from Warrant Officer 1 (Retd) Hans Matla, a former percussionist of the Band.

The Drum Corps has as its conductor a former percussionist of the Band as well: Warrant Officer 1 (Retd) Jan van Lienden, who is also the Drum Major.” (CTMT 2012)