This unique 14-member
saxophone orchestra by initiator and conductor Karl Veen is an
ensemble where all types of saxophones are represented. The
orchestra had a promotion function for the Center for Artistic
Education "de Meldij" from Drachten and was founded around 1990. In
the year 2000 the orchestra continued independently.
The majority of the members of the orchestra are advanced students,
supplemented by a number of professionals and a single sax-addict.
The line-up consists of, one sopranino, 3 soprano saxes (one of
which occasionally plays soprillo), three alt- and three tenor saxes;
two baritone and a bass saxophone and 1 Tubax. This plays a
repertoire that runs from Bach to Queen, from Middle Ages to modern
with works from around the world. The repertoire that is played is
arranged almost exclusively for this ensemble by the conductor and
saxophonist Karl Veen, who is connected to "de Meldij" as a teacher.
In the 1980s, Karl Veen was a senior lecturer in saxophone at the
conservatories of Enschede, Groningen and Leeuwarden.
KARL VEEN (1946) studied saxophone with Ed Bogaard.
He studied in Groningen en Utrecht. He did the hafabra course and studied flute.
In the 70's and 80's Karl Veen teached saxophone in the conservatoria of
Enschede, Groningen and Leeuwarden.
This orchestra was founded in 1990. He wanted to show the possiblities of the saxophone, his hobby. The orchestra had a promotional function for the School of Arts and Music
"de Meldij" in Drachten (Nl).
In 2000 the orchestra continued independently.
Nowadays Karl is an music teacher at the School of Music. In the
past he held many workshops, studydays for saxophone and ensembles.
He hopes to continue these activities long into the future. Karl arranges every type of music for saxophones, be it 2 saxophones or 268
saxophones. You can see that on the photo's. Karl is also possessed by large
saxophones, for example the Sub-contrabas, Tubax.
He is an specialist in saxophones and many people can appreciate that.
The Saxophone Orchestra 2015
Karl Veen, Femmy van Haitsma, Andrea Kramer, Sibbele Wijnia, Monique
Dijkman, Liesbeth Koops, Myrthe Spoelstra, Tanya Nowee,
Bertine Meijer, Jeannet Boverhof, Nelleke van Veen, Wilma Hallema,
Robert Blaakmeer, Peter de Vries, Leo Smid.
3 Sopraan Saxophones
3 Alt Saxophone
3 Tenoor Saxophone
2 Bariton Saxophone
1 Bas Saxophone