Our conductor, arranger and composer. Frans has been at the forefront of Latin Jazz music scene in the Netherlands as a recording artist, arranger and composer for the past 20 years. Plays trombone in New Cool Collective Big band, New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, Cubob City BB, Timbazo.
Besides working as a network engineer Maurice is an experienced trombone player. In the nineties he was a member Biggles Bigband, on stage with Benjamin Herman, Candy Dulfer, Ilja Reingoud, Jarmo Hoogendijk and many other others. Maurice also plays in the Amsterdam based Kosmosis Bigband.
Ruby, who works in advertising, has been playing the piano almost her whole life. For many years Ruby has studied jazz piano with the great teachers Albert van Veenendaal, Dave Frank (NY), Walter Lampe, Robert Vermeulen and Bas Gerwe. Ruby also plays in her band Ruby Plus.
Clarinet/ Soprano Sax
Kees works as an energy consultant, and he likes classical music as well as jazz. He started as a clarinettist in a student symphony orchestra and played a lot of chamber music. He now also plays in small groups like Late Lente, Stuifzand and Duo Brezjnev (contemporary Russian music).
Bart van Daalen
Bart works as a physics teacher trainer and has played Latin percussion for over 20 years and has been taught by several Cuban, Brazilian and Antillean teachers. In the past he played flamenco, samba and mestizo, but currently his obsession with bongo bell keeps him tied to the orchestra.
Karolien van Bezooijen
As a controller, Karolien does ‘something with numbers’ and actually picked up a study (again) for it. Musically she started as a classical flute student. “But once I figured out I can spend my savings the way I want, I bought a tenor saxophone and joined a big band.” Nowadays, she plays the most awesome saxophone, the bari.
Henk van der Veen
His days are always busy, working as an oncologic surgeon. How relaxing it is to enjoy playing music and clear his mind with swinging latin jazz.
Berend has been playing the trumpet for several years now. Besides Pancho’s he is a member of the Amsterdam Funk Orchestra and the jazz combo Heren 5. He works in Amsterdam as a psychiatrist.
Tommy, who works in retail has been playing bass guitar for almost 20 year. Studied bass for many years with great teachers as Charly Angenois, Theo de Jong, Udo Pannekeet, Jeroen Vierdag, Joe Hubbard ( London ). Tommy played a lot of different styles in many different bands and now finally it’s al coming together in Pancho’s Orchestra. Tommy also plays in the dedrifft.
Psychologist Marleen started music lessons at the age of six. She played the piano, tried clarinet and saxophone, and studied classical guitar. She ended up passionately playing the tough trombone, being the -according to Brent Hayes Edwards (2001, New York Times)- ‘foundation, embellishment, propulsion, and provocation’ in the band.
Guus van de Sanden
Guus started playing drums at the age of 15 in a highschool band in Haarlem. Rhytm & Blues, later on BeBop Jazz. As a student he became semipro and BIM member. Playing LatinJazz with various big bands and combos in the Dutch Jazzclubs for a couple of decades. Often drumming with the famous Haarlem tenors Ruud Brink, HarryVerbeke and Fred Leeflang.
Benno has a career in journalism and has played percussion since his teens. The cofounding of the Dutch percussion magazine Slagwerkkrant gave him a chance to combine both fields of interest. It proved to be a great opportunity to meet and interview percussion heroes (Tito Puente, Armando Peraza, Airto Moreira, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez, Sheila E(scovedo), Billy Cobham…). Playing in a latin-jazz bigband is a wonderful way to continue a great musical tradition.
She is an interim-manager, who loves different styles of music. Playing music together in a band or orchestra gives her energy and new perspectives on teamwork. She is an accomplished flutist with a classical background and has experience in various musical groups. She studied flute and harmony with several teachers.
But started as a classical clarinet player and joined the Haarlem symphonic wind orchestra at the age of 14. Soon he discovered the world of jazz and the saxophone. He played in the oldest Dutch student dixieland band (the Ceresband) and his high school jazzband “the brand new oldtimers” , never stopped performing at weddings, parties, festivals and pubs .But is head of innovation department at the ministry of Justice and Security.
Jan started his music career in the 80s when he co-founded the band Ziroop. From Dutch new wave to jazz, he joint Big Band Foreign Affairs in 2009 and the follow up Pancho’s Orchestra in 2016. Jan is also part of the acoustic singer-songwriter duo Stuifzand, as a composer and guitarist, and is an active member of the collective A Latin Jazz Meeting and Stuifzand Jazz. To make ends meet Jan works as a Information manager in one of Holland’s biggest ministries.
John is an entrepreneur, lawyer and above all: a full-hearted afro, latin and jazz fan. John plays the trumpet for more then 30 years now. Besides Pancho’s Orchestra John plays in several jazz combos such as Jerus Bakery, Kepala Kepala, First Floor and the Red Hot 100 Big Band.