Corendon International Big Band Competion
22nd edition, Saturday the 2nd of June 2018

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The registration period is now open for the Corendon International Big Band Competition 2018. Below you will find all the information about the competition and registration procedure.

The IBBC offers good amateur big bands from the Netherlands and outlying countries a stage where they can measure themselves to an international standard. It is assumed that the the orchestras consist of the standard big band instrumentation, (with or without vocalist), but this is not a requirement for applying. For many years now, youth bands have also held an important place in the competition.

Number of bands and performance time
After the application round, a selection committee selects the best twenty orchestras. These bands are categorised into the Top Class (five bands) and the First Class (fifteen bands). The competition is held on four stages, one for the Top Class, and three for the First Class.  During the afternoon session, which begins around 12:00, every band receives a performance time of forty minutes.
Of the five bands that will go through to the evening finale, two bands are selected from the Top Class, and one per stage from the First Class. In the finale every band plays for thirty minutes. The day is closed around 11:30pm with the announcement of the winners and the awarding of prizes. 

Because we are still awaiting final decisions about funding and sponsoring, we must take into account the possibility that we may only be able to invite fifteen bands this year. In this case there will only be three stages, with five Top Class bands and 10 bands in the First Class.
We will notify all parties about the outcome of these processes in due time and before the announcement of the selected bands. 

The Jury
The jury is composed of renowned jazz musicians and orchestra leaders, and is headed by an internationally acclaimed jazz professional. The name of the jury chairman will be divulged at a later date via the Meer Jazz website.
The jury team consists of 8 members who are dispersed two per each of the four stages. In the days following the competition, each band is sent a fully noted personal report on their performance from their jury.

The Prize Money
The bands who make it through the afternoon round to the final compete for the following prizes:

  • Top Class, First Prize
    The sum of €3,500
    The Dik Trom “Wisseltrofee” (changes hands every year)

  • Top Class, Second Prize
    The sum of €2,000

  • First Class, First Prize
    The sum of €2,000

  • First Class, Second Prize
    The sum of €1,000

  • First Class, Third Prize
    The sum of €600

  • Prize for the best soloists
    A soloist prize of €400 will be awarded for a distinguished solo performance at each of the four first round stages.
    In the final rounds, a ticket for the Keep An Eye Summer Jazz Workshop of the Conservatory of Amsterdam will be provided to a young, promising wood or brass player. This prize is personal and not refundable for money.


Repertoiry and Instrumentation
Bands are completely free in the choice of performance repertory. Traditional as well as modern bands are welcome. By big band we consider a group with a minimum of eleven wind players. Further instrumental additions (strings, turntables etc.) are allowed.

Travel Costs Compensation
All participating big bands receive compensation for travel and other expenses according to the following calculation (please note, this calculation differs from the one in past years):

  • Travel distance < 300 km: €280 + €1.60 per km
  • Travel distance between 300 and 1000 km: €760 + €0.30 per km
  • Travel distance > 1000 km: €1060

All kilometer distances in the calculation are one way road distances from the home of the band to the festival grounds in Hoofddorp.

Example: A participating big band is from Oxford, UK.
The distance Oxford – Hoofddorp is 640 km, making the band fit in the second category (300 – 1000 km). The band receives €760 + 640 x €0.30 = €952 compensation.

Offer for an overnight stay in Hoofddorp
For the orchestras who wish to stay over in Hoofddorp, we’ve arranged a special deal with the four star Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, which is within walking distance from the festival. The Novotel offers rooms, including breakfast, for the special price of €77.10 for a two person room, or €66.80 for a single bed room (including all taxes). If your band is interested in this deal, please contact Pytrik Rot.

Registration Procedure
Your written application for the Corendon International Big Band Competition 2018 should be received at the latest upcoming on the 10th of December. Please include good quality audio or video material (weblinks are permitted) no older than two years and a recent biography of the band. An expert committee selects the participating bands. In February of 2017 the results of the selection committee are sent to all applicants, and the participating bands will be announced per news brief and per general PR to the public.

In the case that your band is selected, you are required to send at least two high resolution photographs of your band before the 1st of March 2018, for use on our website.

Your application can be sent via the following two ways:

By mail: Stichting Meer Jazz, (c/o “Inschrijving IBBC”), Postbus 579, 2130 AN HOOFDDORP, THE NETHERLANDS
By e-mail:

International Collaboration
As an international oriented music event the IBBC is always interested in the possibility of collaborating with like-minded organizations within and outside of the Netherlands. Herein we think of examples such as project exchanges or touring events with affiliations to the competition. If you have ideas or suggestion then feel free to contact us via the above mentioned means.

In Conclusion
Meer Jazz and the Corendon Foundation are engaged in fruitful cooperation. This cooperation fits the goals and aspirations which both organizations aim to achieve. Not only sustainability, but also youth education and opportunities for the under-privileged are important aims of the Corendon Foundation. The International Big Band Competition whole-heartedly shares these intentions.

More information about the TAKE OFF Music Event and the International Big Band Competition can be found at the website Further questions can be directed to Pytrik Rot .

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