Big Band Friesland
Big Band Friesland has been a permanent fixture in the Friesland bigband culture since its establishment in 1975. Until this day there are still original members who still play in the band since its inception.
Since 2009, the band has really sped up its development. The ambitions grew thanks to favourable critique, and prizes such as the 2nd Prize in the 1st Class of the International Big Band Competition of Hoofddorp in 2015. Additionally the Big Band Friesland trumpet player and singer Ella de Jong won the soloist prize.
Today Big Band Friesland is the Friesian representative of modern bigband culture. The search for new music continues. The current director, Frans Vermeerssen has considerably contributed to the authentic repertory, and has brought in new musical influences such as African world music.
The continued addition of new young talent has let Big Band Friesland develop to its current level and the musical outlook is unchangedly directed toward the future.