Author Archive: VOBK

VOBK 2021 will not take place

UPDATE: The championship foreseen for 17-18 April 2021 will not take place. It is logistically not feasible to organise this event within the given health rules.

We are very sorry about this, but in the light of the current COVID-19 developments and several restrictions put in place by national governments, the championship cannot go ahead as planned.

We hope to be back with a VOBK in 2022. We will inform you of the date from the moment it is set!

17 April: Gala Concert Brass Band Hombeek 125

affiche Brassband Hombeek 125Since 2005 the Flemish Open Brass Band Championship is organised by Brass Band Hombeek.

Brass Band Hombeek celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2020, as the Royal Fanfare Band Sint Cecilia Hombeek was founded in 1895.

On this occasion Brass Band Hombeek will play a gala concert on the Friday night before the Championship, on April 17th, where soloists Tim De Maeseneer and Glenn Van Looy will be invited..

More information will follow in due time.

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VOBK 2020: registrations closed – international line up published!

On April 18 and 19 the Flemish Open Brass Band Championship (VOBK) will be held at the City Theatre of Mechelen, Belgium. 

27 brass bands will compete in four sections.

You can read all about the jury here and you will find more information about the set works here.

The participants

Section C
(April 18, 12:00 – max. duration of performance 25 min)

  • Backum Brass / NL
  • Brassband David / NL
  • Brassband Gloria Deï / NL
  • Ensemble de Cuivres Mélodia B / CH
  • Jugendbrassband Oberösterreich / AT
  • Mercator Brass Band / BE
  • Rose des Alpes / CH
  • 3BA Experience Band / DE

Section A
(April 18, 17:00 – max. duration of performance 30 min)

  • Brass Band Leieland / BE
  • Ensemble de Cuivres Mélodia / CH
  • Festival Brass Band / BE
  • Hauts-de-France Brass Band / FR
  • Paris Brass Band / FR
  • Provinciale Brassband Groningen / NL
  • Soli Brass Leeuwarden / NL

Section D
(April 19, 10:00 – max. duration of performance 20 min)

  • Brass Band de Thudinie / BE
  • Brass Band Düren / DE
  • Brass Band Roosendaal / NL
  • Brassband Kapelle-op-den-Bos / BE
  • Brassband Lembeek / BE
  • Brassband Vlimmeren / BE
  • United Brass / BE

Section B
(April 19, 14:00 – max. duration of performance 30 min)

  • Brass Band Sursilvana / CH
  • Chr. Brassband Pro Rege Heerenveen / NL
  • Kon. Brassband De Grensbewoners Smeermaas / BE
  • Young Brassband Willebroek / BE
  • Youth Brass Band NRW / DE*

*update: Youth Brass Band NRW will compete in section B instead of section A.