The Johan Willem Friso Military Band is the oldest of the four professional military bands in the Dutch armed forces. The band consists of 44 musicians, all of whom have completed conservatory studies, and a small staff. At the foundation in 1819, the band was called the "Staff Band of the 1st Infantry Regiment," but on April 20, 1954, the Ministry decided to give it the present name, after the first Frisian stadholder (vice-regent) who was also Prince of Orange.
The Johan Willem Friso Military Band is part of the Royal land forces, and as such, it is predominantly active as an "operational band" within the armed forces. In addition to this, the band has a representative task. It regularly gives concerts and takes part in military tattoos at home and abroad.