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 Sep 14 2021

The Premiere of the New JSEC March - One for All, All for One

ULM, Germany - In the course of the official declaration of the Full Operational Capability on September 8, 2021, the new JSEC March premiered; a musical gift presented to the newly established Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) by The Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

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The march is a musical representation of what JSEC stands for in NATO: 'Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno' or 'One for all, all for one'. Later that day, after an impressive short tattoo in the centerpiece of the 19th century Fortress of Ulm, The Netherlands Vice Chief of Defence, Vice Admiral Boudewijn Boots, handed over the original score of the march to the JSEC Commander, Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe.

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The march in of The Netherlands Royal Military Band "Johan Willem Friso" to the short tattoo in the Fortress of Ulm (JSEC picture by Senior Airman Bastian Süpple, DEU AF).
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The Netherlands Vice Chief of Defence, Vice Admiral Boudewijn Boots, hands over the original score of the march to the JSEC Commander, Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe (JSEC picture by Senior Airman Bastian Süpple, DEU AF).

Written within the typical form of a military march and inspired by various marching styles from different NATO countries to underline its international character, the march is made up of two contrasting parts:

The convincing technical first part: Characterised by a continuous alternation between minor and major keys, contrasting dynamics and the necessary virtuoso passage work, symbolises JSEC with its responsibilities. In addition, it refers to the strength and tradition of the home of JSEC, the Wilhelmsburg barracks in Ulm.

The milder and more lyrical second part: Recognisable by the lilting melody lines, expresses the noble responsibility that JSEC bears: Supporting its brothers and sisters in arms. This part also represents the harmonious movement, connection and collaboration within Europe. The march ends grandly and cheerfully, as majestic as the Danube River flowing through Ulm.

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The JSEC March was composed by Hendrik de Boer, who studied euphonium and conducting at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, The Netherlands. Besides being a composer, he is a non-commissioned officer in The Netherlands Royal Military Band 'Johan Willem Friso'.

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The Netherlands Royal Military Band 'Johan Willem Friso' (national title: Koninklijke Militaire Kapel (KMK) 'Johan Willem Friso') forms part of the Royal Netherlands Army, consisting of 53 musicians and led by conductor Major Tijmen Botma. It is the oldest military orchestra in The Netherlands.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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The JSEC March premiered in the course of the ceremonial declaration of JSECs Full Operational Capability on September 8 in Ulm, Germany (JSEC picture by Senior Airman Bastian Süpple, DEU AF)
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The march in of The Netherlands Royal Military Band "Johan Willem Friso" to the short tattoo in the 19th century Fortress of Ulm (JSEC picture by Senior Airman Bastian Süpple, DEU AF)
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The Netherlands Royal Military Band 'Johan Willem Friso' consists of 53 musicians and is led by conductor Major Tijmen Botma. It is the oldest military orchestra in The Netherlands. (JSEC picture by Senior Airman Bastian Süpple, DEU AF)
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High-ranked international guests listen to the premiere of the JSEC March in the 19th century Fortress of Ulm (JSEC picture by Senior Airman Bastian Süpple, DEU AF)
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The original score of the JSEC March (JSEC picture by Senior Airman Bastian Süpple, DEU AF)
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The JSEC March, conducted by Major Tijmen Botma (JSEC picture by Senior Airman Bastian Süpple, DEU AF).

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