The Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine (Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy) is one of the three professional harmony orchestras of the Dutch armed forces. The 53 musicians take care of the music at state ceremonies and military ceremonies. Often together with the Tamboers and Pijpers van het Korps Mariniers (Drums and Fifes of the Marine Corps).
The Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine has a special sound, aura and plays different kinds of music. That is why the Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine is reguarly asked to perform in The Netherlands and abroad.
The concerts are usually in 2 parts. Before the break, the emphasis is on symphonic harmonic music with soloists from their own ranks. After the break the band plays in bigband setup. Jazz, pop and entertainment alternate. The corps concert in De Doelen in Rotterdam is one of the annual highlights.
The Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine has performed in almost all European countries. In addition, in countries such as Aruba, Curaçao, Japan, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Before the navy had its own harmonic band, musicians went on board of ships. From 1799 ship commanders were officially allowed to allow musicians to sail along. They entertained the crew during long voyages. With King Willem III's permission, the staff music of the Royal Netherlands Navy was founded in 1864.
The staff music of the Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) was abolished after the outbreak of the Second World War. After the liberation of the Netherlands 18 former members of the staff music reported in Rotterdam. On 1 August 1945, the then Minister of Navy decided to set up a music corps again. The official name of this music corps became the Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine.