Door Vriendschap Sterk (DVS)

The Dutch Show and Marching Band "Door Vriendschap Sterk" (DVS), in English "Strength Through Friendship", was formed on November 14th, 1953. The residence of DVS is Katwijk, which is situated along the coast of the North Sea of The Netherlands in the province of South Holland. The musicians of this famous Dutch civilian band often play in different European countries during various music festivals, such as tattoos, parades, music contests and memorials or celebrations. In 2003 DVS received its highest and most honorable award from H.M. Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.


Vice World Champion at the WMC March Contests 2001 & 2005, World Champion at the WMC March Contest 2009
During the last 10 years, the orchestra has become famous for its high results at international music contests, such as the World Music Contest at Kerkrade (The Netherlands). The World Music Contest in Kerkrade is held once every four years. For four weeks approximately 150 orchestras from all over the world take part. In 2001 and 2005 DVS became vice-world champions at the March contests, with an average score of 94 points out of 100. Finally in 2009 DVS took 1st place and now proudly carries the World Champion Title.

Music and Instruments
DVS is mostly known for its spectacular marching music, especially the famous Polka sound which is played on various instruments, such as trumpets, trombones, saxophones, French horns, euphoniums and basses, and includes standard percussion instruments. This year DVS proudly changed to the new line of Majestic Drums. For the next 5 years DVS will be fully endorsed by Majestic Holland BV.


Traditional Dutch Military Uniform
The uniform of DVS is similar to a historic ceremonial officers uniform (circa 1895) of the Regiment of the Riflemen from Limburg, H.M. the Queen’s Own Government. All buttons on the uniforms are made of original Dutch silver and are engraved with the local arms of the hometown Katwijk, the St. Andrew’s Cross. DVS has three different uniforms: the military full-dress (which can be worn in three different ways); the summer dress; and a special EURO-uniform, which appeals to the various countries of the European community.

DVS is trained to the drill standards of the Dutch Royal Marines. The musical director of DVS is the famous Dutch composer, Mr. Rob Balfoort. Maj. Kjell Martinsen, former musical director of H.M. Kongens Garde (Norway) was the band’s guest-conductor in 2003.


Invitations to Famous Military Tattoos
Specific highlights include performances at The Netherlands Military Tattoo in Breda in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 1998. Between military bands from Norway, the USA, England, Russia, Holland and Germany, DVS was the only non-military band invited to participate in this famous Tattoo and the band made a very good impression. Every year, the band performs around 35 times throughout The Netherlands and in other European countries.

As representative of The Netherlands, by recommendation of the Inspector of Military Music lt-kol. Gert Jansen, DVS took part in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo 2002 (Canada), the largest indoor tattoo in the world. Among five different nations DVS performed at the Metro stadium in Halifax for almost 75,000 visitors during 10 tattoo-days. A unique experience!

The board and musicians of DVS are very proud to be the first civilian band ever to perform at The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. And they received an honorable invitation to come back to Nova Scotia in 2008.

In 2010 DVS will participate in South Korea between 7th and 12th of September at the Military Tattoo 2010 in Wonju.

(1989, 1993, 1997 and 1998) The Netherlands Military Tattoo
(2002) The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (Halifax, Canada)
(2003) The International Military Tattoo Heerlen
(2004) Parade and Tattoo on Constitution Day by invitation of H.M. Kongens Garde (Oslo, Norway)
(2005) The Basel International Tattoo (Basel, Switzerland)
(2007) The South-Jutland Military Tattoo (Abenraa, Denmark)
(2008) The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (Halifax, Canada)

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