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b. January 23, 1952, The Hague - Netherlands
Rene Laanen
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René's father Theo Laanen was 43 years solo trumpetist in "The Hague's Philharmonic Orchestra" and for 25 years professor at the "Royal Conservatory" in The Hague.

In the 70's René took lessons at the Royal Conservatory The Hague, Rotterdam, and Zwolle
In The Hague and Rotterdam he had lessons from: Piet van Dijk, Anner Bijlsma (former principal trombonists The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra) Bas Dekker, and Gerard Velthuijsen (former principal trombonists Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra). In Zwolle he had (big band) lessons from Cees Smal and Frans Elsen.

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In the late 60's René worked as a trombonist with John 'King Size' Russell in Holland, Germany and Switserland. In the 70's he worked as a freelance trombonist with Radio/TV Orchestra's in the Netherlands: Tony Nolte - AVRO, Rogier van Otterloo - TROS, Harry van Hoof, Ruud Bos - AVRO, Rudy van Houten - TROS, The Rob Madna Big Band, Nederlands Jazz Orchestra (leader Frans Elsen/Kenny Napper), and played film music for Ruud Bos, he also played trombone in Dutch cabaret- musical shows. with the musical stars: Jasperina de Jong, Leen Jongewaard, Lex Goudsmit, Mieke Bos, and Conny Vandenbos.

Dick vd Plas, Art Moore, Erik van Lier, Bart van Lier, Rene Laanen Old Trombone Man
The Hague Trombone Quartet in 1972

In 1972 René founded the "The Hague Trombone Quintet" with "Arthur Moore" (principal trombonist "The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra"), Dick vd Plas and the famous trombone brothers "Bart- and Erik van Lier".

In 1974 his quartet made appearances on TV in the program "Music all in" with guest trombonist Dick Nash (that same year they were also featured in a radio program in Holland).
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In 1976 René worked in Berlin (Germany) and played in the orchestras Compas, the Fallade-Revue- "Jeder stirbt fuer sich allein" in the Schiller-Theater with the famous "Erwin Bootz" (piano player "Comedian Harmonies") and worked with Musicians from "The Tanz-Orchestra RIAS" (American Radio Station Berlin).
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In 1980 René went to Johannesburg (South Africa) and worked with Gerry Bosman's Radio/TV Orchestra (SABC), the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra (PACT), held the bass trombone position in Johannesburg based military band of the Light Horse Regiment (widely known as the best military band in South Africa at the time with musicians like Johnnie Fourie, Denni Lalouette, Ronnie Franchitti, Chris Vernon, Johnny Boshoff, Bez Martin) and played for several years in the George Hayden Big Band (SADF Entertainment Unit Pretoria), and the Art Heatlie Big Band at the SABC.

At the Civic Theater in Johannesburg he played the musicals: "Mame, Cats, Cinderella, Razzle Dazzle, West Side Story, Evita and Barnum". In 1984 and 1985 René made three extensive tours with the orchestra's of the singers: "Howard Keel and Antony Newley" and worked in Africa with "Peanuts Hucko". 

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Shirley Bassey, 1980 Conrad Herwig, 2017 Bill Watrous, 2016 David Taylor, 2000
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Bart van Lier, Conrad, 2003 Conrad Herwig, 2000 René & Toots, 1999 Fred Wesley, 2008
Erik van Lier Tony Eyk Ron Brandsteder Edwin Rutten
Erik van Lier in 2015 Tony Eyk in 2016 Ron Brandsteder in 2017 Edwin Rutten in 2017
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Bob Brookmeyer Bob Brookmeyer Rob Pronk Ack van Rooijen

René played for several years (1980 - 1987) in "Shirley Bassey's Orchestra" and did tours with Shirley in Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the United Kingdom...

From 1990 - 1999 René worked also as a music copyist and did fee lance work for: Rob Pronk, Bob Brookmeyer, the Metropole Orchestra and the NOS/NPS (as a music copiest)

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..René & Paul Anka in 2008

In 2008 René Laanen toured with Paul Anka in Spain, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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..René plays a Michael Rath R9 Bass Trombone

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