VLAMO is organising the VLAMO Open Championship for Wind Orchestras (VLOH) for the fourth time in Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium.

In the fourth edition of this championship for wind orchestras the participants compete for glory, beautiful prizes, a unique work of art and foremost for the chance to represent Belgium at the European Championship for Wind Orchestras (ECWO) that will be held in 2020 in France (www.ecwo.eu).

Every wind orchestra will perform an own choice program and a test piece: ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Klaas Coulembier (BE). A jury of three international judges will deliberate all participants. Three renowned musicians, conductors and composers – Dirk De Caluwe (BE), Jan de Haan (NL) and Norbert Nozy (BE) will undertake this difficult task.

The competition is a partnership between VLAMO (Flemish Association of non-professional Music Bands and Musicians) and Heist-op-den-Berg. The venue at CC Zwaneberg is the ideal location for the participating bands and offers superb acoustics.

The first orchestra starts at 1.30 PM. Fanfareorkest Brass-aux-Saxes Westerlo, winner of the VLAMO Open Championship 2018 will perform at 7.30 PM conducted by Jan Van Hove.


Competing Wind Orchestras


Concertband Maasmechelen conducted by Mark Prils

Dynamic Symphonic Band vzw (Dendermonde) conducted by Geert Baetens

KH Sint-Martinus Opgrimbie conducted by Dieter Boffé

Koninklijk Bevers Harmonierorkest (Beveren-Leie) conducted by Bert Decavel

Koninklijke Harmonie van Peer conducted by Kevin Houben




CC Zwaneberg, Cultuurplein 1 in 2220 Heist-op-den-Berg


Editorial note:

About VLAMO:

VLAMO, the Flemish Association of non-professional Music Bands and Musicians, consists of 1200 associated amateur bands with more than 65.000 members. These bands are very different and varied: wind orchestras, marching bands, brass bands, pipers, symphonic orchestras, guitar ensembles, accordion orchestras, show bands, drum bands, and so on. Every kind of non-professional band is welcome within VLAMO. The individual musician, who isn’t playing in any kind of band is also welcome. Moreover, more and more music academies are becoming VLAMO members.

VLAMO organizes all kind of music education. For all ages, disciplines and levels, individual or band related. VLAMO offers tailored artistic, technical or organizational support to musicians, conductors and board members. VLAMO also is well known for its many competitions.


For more information:




Vlamo vzw, Tim Van Moorhem, project coordinator
tim@vlamo.be | +32 (0)9 265 80 10 | +32 (0)485 14 72 73