The Royal Band of the Belgian Guides regiment consists of a Symphonic Band composed of 84 strictly selected artists and a Trumpeter Corps of 19 first class musicians. Due to its exceptional qualities, the band has fascinated many composers, from Berlioz to Stravinsky, as well as large audiences in Belgium and abroad, since its foundation in 1832. In 1831, this excellent symphonic band’s principal vocation has always been the defense of Belgian music, especially original Belgian wind band music. It pursues this objective by presenting numerous concerts in Belgium and abroad as well as radio concerts and recordings.
Today, famous foreign composers such as Roger Boutry and Derek Bourgeois and Belgian composers such as Frederic Devreese and François Glorieux call on the Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides to create new compositions and recordings.
A succession of illustrious conductors increased the quality of this band that is now considered one of the world’s foremost wind bands. Successful concert tours in Canada, Spain, the USA, Thailand and Turkey, as well as numerous concerts in Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg and The Netherlands enlarged the band’s long list of achievements.
Conductor Lieutenant Yves Segers fervently continues the tradition perpetuated by his illustrious predecessors, and is already acclaimed for several remarkable recordings and prestigious concerts with renowned soloists such as clarinetists Eddy Daniels and Walter Boeykens, soprano Natalie Choquette, pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, pianist/composer François Glorieux and violinist Jenny Spanoghe that have occurred since his appointment. King Leopold I invited the conductor of the Band of the 1st Regiment of the Line, Jean Valentin Bender, to form a band, “The King’s Own”, attached to His personal guard that became the world renown Royal Band of the Belgian Guides.