The Belgian and French military march repertoire is characterized by the use of nature instruments such as clarions, cavalry trumpets and hunting horns.
A corps like Sainte Cécile, from Belgian/ French origin, therefore needed this expansion for their march performances. That’s why, in 1952, the Drum- Bugle Corps (DBC) was established which, since then, has become one of the two main components of the Koninklijke Harmonie Sainte Cécile Eijsden.
In the beginning the Drum- and Bugle Corps only consisted of clarions and drummers. The current composition of cavalry trumpets, clarions, hunting horns, bass trumpets, sousaphones and percussion dates from the mid 80’s. Despite this composition for hunting horn corpses the band still uses its original name ‘Trommel- en Klaroen Korps’ (TKK).
As from its foundation the Drum- and Bugle Corps has obtained many fine results and all competitions were won with first prizes and laudatory first prizes. Thus the Drum- and Bugle Corps (competing in the Premier division, section B1) repeatedly were Limburg-, Dutch- and European Champions.
Under the leadership of the current conductor/instructor Roy van Wersch and Drum-major Nico Dassen the band conquered some impressive titles.
In 2005 they won the Limburg championships and they gained the Dutch championship title in the Premier division at the march and concert competitions of the FKM. In 2008 the Drum- and Bugle Corps became ‘Champions of the Low Countries’ at the March and Show contests of the Low Countries in Hamont (B). Again in the highest division. In 2008 the corps once more won the Limburg championships in the Premier division. This time at the march competitions of the LBT.

In 2017 the corps won the Gold Medal as Marching Band at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade.


The Drum- and Bugle Corps of Sainte Cécile annually provide some fine musical performances. Starting point in programming is a good balance between traditional and innovative repertoire. In recent years several innovative compositions appeared which were commissioned by the DBC.
With this the Drum- and Bugle Corps gives a major boost in the expansion and renewal of the repertoire in this particular composition.
The DBC cherishes its traditions but in this way they also don’t yield to innovation, which brings about interesting performances both in playing concerts as well as marching. Whether separately or jointly with the Wind Orchestra the DBC provides a number of street performances. These activities range from participation in local cultural and/or religious events to performing in street parades and tattoos at home and abroad. Anyhow their performance is simply impressive. At these march performances the Drum- and Bugle Corps so to speak show the flag of Saint Cécile whereas its members feel connected to and responsible for the Belgian/French traditions of the (march) repertoire which is characteristic of Sainte Cécile. In co-operation with the Wind Orchestra
the Drum- and Bugle Corps recorded two magnificent CD’s: the double-CD “Bronkmuziek in Eijsden” and the CD “International Marches”.