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  23rd February 2010


Progressive rockband Mangrove and drummer Joost Hagemeijer have ended their collaboration after a common conclusion was reached that productive co-operation was not possible anymore.

Manager Henri Heijink said: "It was a far reaching decision for us all, but in the end an inevitable one. The band is striving for further growth and we are convinced that no musical challenge in whatever form it could appear may be ruled out. The foundation for that is an absolute commitment of the complete band."

The remaining bandmembers Roland van der Horst (guitars, vocals), Pieter Drost (bass) and Chris Jonker (keyboards) are pleased to announce that all scheduled gigs will take place as planned.

During the upcoming series of gigs in May drummer Remco Engels will be behind the drumkit. Remco has many years of experience in different bands and is most of all known for his drumming in 'Genesis Project' and the symphonic/progressive coverband 'Knight of the Progs'.

Chris Jonker: "Recently we witnessed Remco's drumming when he performed with 'Knight of the Progs'. We were impressed by his playing of the drums and his enthusiastic way of performing. I am sure that he will be able to add a tremendous value to the Mangrove live shows."

During the theatre show on 21st of May in the 'Gigant' venue (Apeldoorn, NL) drummer Aldert Glass has offered his availability. The foundation of his own school for drums and percussion called 'Multipercussion' ( was based upon his passion for these instruments.

Aldert is very experienced in the music business: he did instruction for many different percussion groups, he was drummer and percussionist in many Big Bands and Jazz ensembles and he is regularly employed as a freelance percussionist in classical orchestras and in accompaniment of musicals.

Drummers interested in auditioning for the permanent position shoud contact the band at

Last year Mangrove released the critically acclaimed new album 'Beyond Reality'. Besides the other mentioned concerts the band is headlining 'De Boerderij' venue in Zoetermeer (NL) with a special show on 20th November 2010.

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