We are saddened to inform you that our former drummer Bob Dekker passed away. We wish his family all strength.

Bob Dekker
February 23, 1957 – November 12, 2019

Drummer Bob Dekker received a classical as well as a jazz-Conservatory education. Bob took lessons from Kees Kranenburg and John Engels. Because of his broad musical interest he has been playing all kind of styles throughout the years. Bob performed not only much with classical ensembles and symphony-orchestras (timpany, vibes , etc.), but played also in latin bands like Los Allegres and accompanied jazz soloists like Ruud Brink and Scott Hamilton. One of his jazz-CD's was awarded an Edison in 1989. Bob played drums with the Dutch Swing College Band from 1990 until 2005. Bob made many recordings with the Dutch Swing College Band and toured with great success all around the globe through all European countries as well as Australia, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand.

 

Europe's most swinging Jazz Band since 1945


During World War 2, the Nazis banned jazz music in the Netherlands. Several youngsters wanted to preserve this music against all odds. They practised secretly, copied illegal radio broadcasts and were determined to found a school for jazz music when the war was over: the Swing College. On Liberation Day, May 5th 1945, the Orchestra of the Dutch Swing College had its first public performance. Their members gave lectures, organised jazz meetings and started to teach jazz music. The name soon changed into Dutch Swing College Band®. In 1960 the DSCBand (leading the field of traditional jazz in the Netherlands) became professional, won innumerable prizes and still performs successfully worldwide to this day.