December 29, 2017.
First performance by students of
which is the new percussion
school, founded by Marcel Falize in
Did you know that the Falize family
also started a Tyrolean Band,
named “Tirol Ohne Bergen”, which
means “Without Mountains?”
(because Holland has no
December 29, 2017.
Article from “Parkstad Actueel”, by Callie Steijaert.
Translated by Ineke, assisted by John.
The first big student concert in Cornelius House, Heerlen, Limburg,
on Saturday December 30, 2017.
When the name Marcel Falize (residing in Heerlerheide) is mentioned, then everyone knows that he is a
professional musician, who for many years has been a gifted percussionist for the world's best Stand-Alone-
Violinist André Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra and subsequently performs in almost all parts of our
globe. In addition, he has also been instructor/conductor of the successful Hunting-Horn & Trumpet Band
"Edelweiss" in Heerlen (Heksenberg) for 20 years and is also involved in the riffle club "Vaesrade". The Lift-
Off orchestra is also a brainchild of his, in which his three sons, Colin, Dean and Glenn are also closely
involved. So this is clearly a musical family.
With Marcel Falize there are no limits when it comes to musical ideas. A special example of this is the new
percussion school, named "Splash", which was launched in August 2016 as a part of Lift-Off, and began
with only two students. But now, December 2017, Marcel & sons already have 60 students in their
educational program, who hail from various locations in Southern Limburg, with some even from an
international location of Selfkant (German municipality). The approach of this education is to provide tailor-
made lessons in, amongst others, the playing of small drums, drums, percussion and melodic percussion
instruments. The Splash Percussion School therefore provides tailor-made lessons and should also be seen
as a preparation for the conservatory for the (aspiring)-musician.
In the meantime, the training cycle of the current students is such that Marcel with ease in mind dared to
organize a real (student) concert together with his percussion orchestra Lift-Off. An Open Podium for the
students to get used to performing. This will take place on Saturday 30 December 2017, as a real premiere,
in Cultural Center Cornelius House in Heerlerheide at 6 pm (with free entrance). Of course students will be
featured in the first part of the program and in the second half a collaboration concert with Lift Off. Everyone
is of course very welcome to attend this concert, which can only be described as unique. It certainly is worth
the effort. After the concert no one needs to go home immediately, because there will be a sparkling "After
Party" on stage with the cooperation of their own Tyrolean band "Ohne Bergen" (see photo), which can also
be heard on 13 January in the community house Heksenberg and on 28 January there will be a ladies'
session at the Café de Bok in Heerlerheide.
To read more about the percussion school SPLASH and the band Tyrol without
Mountains, click HERE.
And to read more about the history of Lift-Off from the start in 2010, click HERE.
January 10, 2020,
Limburg newspaper, by Siebrand Vos. Photo: Kaldenbach.
Translation by Ineke, assisted by John.
Prince Colin I (Falize) of the Bokkeriejesj (Billy-goat riders) from Heerlerheide
(Limburg) plays the Boléro during André Rieu's world tour.
These are busy days for the brand new Prince. We ask him everything.
Today: Colin I (Falize) (23) from De Bokkeriejesj (Billy-goat riders) from Heerlerheide, a town in Limburg.
The Prince of the Carnival's Association “The Billy-goat Riders” is always lured first to a secret
location in Heerlerheide. Can you tell us something about that?
"My parents had perfectly prepared it in secret with the Princes' Committee. When I opened the door
there, I literally fell in due to a stile, which was actually placed there for this effect Furthermore, I am not
allowed to say anything about it, because this location could be used again next year. In Heerlerheide it is
still a competition to guess as to who the new Prince will be - that says something about how lively carnival
The new Prince hails from a family of percussion instrument players and professional musicians.
You're no exception, are you?
„No, I am in the final year at the Pop Academy in Enschede (town in Holland) as a drummer. My father and
brothers are classically trained. I'm a little bit in between. I am a part time-on-call employee with André
Rieu, where as my father Marcel and brother Glenn are in permanent employ. Playing with Rieu just
because of the entourage, is a fantastic experience. During the upcoming world tour the four of us - my
middle brother Dean is also participating - are playing the Boléro by Ravel, at the front of the stage.
Earlier my father Marcel Falize did that alone”.
Does Colin I also play drums with a brass band?
"No. Only with the band “Jachthoorn and Trompetterkorps Edelweiss” (hunting horn and trumpet corps
Edelweiss) and the orchestra “Lift-Off Percussion & Entertainment”. And also with the Tyrolean music band
“Tiroler Ohne Berge” (Tyrol without Mountains), with which we also played during the exclamation. With
“Edelweiss” we always participate in the procession of Groeët Ghen Heij. That is one of the largest
processions in the region. For me the upcoming procession will be very special, because I am a genuine
boy from Heerlerheide. The procession goes from Heerlerheide to Nieuw Einde and then back via
Heksenberg. Just imagine: I was born and raised in Nieuw Einde, now I live in Heerlerheide and I rehearse
in Heksenberg. Everywhere there are acquaintances.”
Prince Colin I.