The Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Belgische Luchtmacht (Royal airfoce Band Belgium) consists of a harmony of 60 musicians. The main role of the orchestra is to provide military and cultural performances.
Her very varied repertory consists of classical, romantic and modern works and numerous adaptations.
The Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Belgische Luchtmacht was founded in 1946. Initially under the name Muziekkapel vanBrussel (Music Band of Brussels), it was officially recognized in 1947 under its current name.
Since January 4, 2010 the music band is under the direction of Lt Kapelmeester Matty CILISSEN. He is assisted in his function by Aids Major Major deputy master Dominique LECOMTE and ADC Olivier ZBONA and Guido De Valck. TM is Adj Rafhaël Macaluso.
The band is often requested at international Taptoes and Music festivals, including at Albertville and Nice (F), Mönchengladbach and Kaiserslautern (D), Bari, Rome and Bardonecchia (I), Alborg (Dk), Krakow (Pl), Halifax, Québec (Canada), Neuchâtel (CH), and Minneapolis (USA), Veiliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) etc.
The music band also regularly accompanies soloists, including:
Francisco Martinez (E), Tom de Vette (Nl), Sylvie Hue (F), Eugène Rousseau (USA), François Daneels (B), Jean-Claude Van den Eynde (B) and Jan "Toots" Thielemans and very recently Jan Smets (B).
The formation also had the pleasure of making music under the guidance of well-known conductors, such as: Roger Boutry (F), Simon Poulain (B), André Waignein (B), Dennis Layendecker (USA) and Bernador Adam Ferrero (E). Since 1995, the members of the Royal Music Chapel, as an important ambassador of the Air Force, have been carrying the Nestel of the Leopold Order. The title "Royal Music Chapel" was granted by His Majesty King Albert II in 1996 during the annual celebration of the Air Force