All my life i loved to listen to the great bigbands.
As a young boy i enjoyed the orchestra's of Cab Calloway, Bill Conti, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Harry James, Michel Legrand, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Neil Hefti, and a bit later to Harry Connick. Last but not least
closer to my home i was attracted to the orchestra's of James Last and Tonny Eijk. Coincidentially Tonny's daughter was in my schoolclass, and so i had the honour to meet him. He took me to his own orchestra and the Skymasters bigband.
Tonny Eyk introduced me into the world of bigbands when i was 16 years old. He was a big hero for me. Now we play his legendary tv-tune 'studio sport' ourselves. By that time my alltime hero was Henri Mancini. He was such a great composer and i loved him so much for his arrangements! His lead player Bud Brisbois was the best lead trumpet i ever heard in my life. It turned out Mancini also delivered many tv tunes i used to listen to. His most iconic tv tune ever is the Pink Panther.....what a tune! When i started my music studies i wanted to have my own bigband playing these great tv-tunes! So here it is; my 23 piece BIGband playing all these great music ever broadcasted all over the world for more than 40 years. A new professional band with great cats, lovely people, great musicians and big talents. Surrounded by a creative team we feel strong and we will show the world this music will never be forgotten.
I have the hounour to have the legendary Dutch drummer Ton op 't Hof as the motor of my band; Ton is a hero for me, so its a dream come true to have him around.
The themes we play?
Studio sport, Dallas, Dynasty, Mike Hammer, Kojak, Thunderbirds, The A-team, Magnum, Who's the Boss, Falcon Crest, Benny Hill, Startrek, Hill street blues, Koot & Bie, Streets of San Francisco, Alf, Cagney and lacy, Love boat, Charlies angels, Maverick, Pauw & Jinek, Shaft, Fame, Golden girls, Airwolf, Perfect strangers, Charmed, Married with children, Johnny Quest, the Wild wild west, Mission impossible, Baantjer, St. Elswere, Bonanza, Spiderman, Startrek, Top gun, Twin peaks, Baretta, Good times, Sandford and son, Sesame street, What's happening, Welcome back Kotter, Barney Miller, The Jeffersons, Fat Albert and the Cosby kids, Wild wild west, Get smart, Pauw & Witteman, Happy days, Popeye, Fabeltjeskrant, Starsky and Hutch, Swat, Beverly hills 90210, Taxi, Twin peaks, The simpsons, The Nanny, Peter Gunn, Hawai 5-0, Miami Vice, Mc Cloud, Roseanne, Oprah, Allo-allo, Flying doctors, Barend & van Dorp, Fantasy island, Green hornet, Friends, The muppet show, Tatort, The Flintstones, Family ties, Floris, Mork & Mindy, The greatest American hero, Mash, North and south, Cheers, Twin peaks, Colombo, Black beauty, Derrick, Popeye, Chips, The bold and the beautiful, Rawhide, de fabriek, Bonanza, Bevery hills 90210, The Soprano's, 24, Batman, Baywatch, NYPD blue, the X files, Murder she wrote, Monty Python's flying circus, Knight rider, Stingray, Lou Grant, LA Law, Little house on the prairy, Sex and the city, The hulk, The Adams family, Mr Ed, Ally Mc Beal, 21st Jump street, Moonlighting, Bergerac, Alfred Hitchcock presents, All in the family, Are you being served, Bewitched, Buck Rogers, Captain Scarlett, Chuck, Dad's army, Dangerman, Doctor Who, Dragnet, Dr Kildare, Dempsey and Makepiece, Fantasy island, Fawlty towers, Frazier, Gilligans island, Grijpstra & de Gier, Happy days, Hunter, I love Lucy, Inpsector Morse, Hotel, Joe 90, Knots landing, Captain Zeppos, Laverne and Shirley, Johnny Staccato, Mc Gyver, M-squad, Newhart, Peyton place, Police squad, Quantum leap, Sandford and sons, Simon and Simon, Six million dollar man, Stahlnetz, Solid Gold, The bionic woman, The Brady bunch, the fall guy, The munsters, The Jeffersons, The Tonight show, The Waltons, The Saint, The persuaders, BBC news, UFO, Vandervalk, Thirty something, Woody Woodpecker, Xena and more! Any good suggestions for more great tv tunes? Please send me a email and tell me....
Specially for Holland we play the famous Dutch tunes like studio sport, de Berenboot, de Fabeltjeskrant, Goede tijden, Meneer de Uil, Pippi langkous, de film van ome Willem, pipo de clown, Tita tovenaar, Bassie en Adriaan, Q en Q, Flipper, Wickie, de stratemaker op zeeshow, barbapappa etc.