The high level of the fifties and sixties could not hold HCT. The decrease in membership was difficult to stop; a member campaign in 1966 among the primary schools in Tuindorp failed: no response came in, neither from new members nor from teaching staff.
For HCT, this meant that the performances in the musical field decreased. During the competition in Hoofddorp in 1968, no first prize was won for the first time in years, although according to the orchestra this did not happen entirely wrong.
In 1969, under the direction of conductor Brouwer, a recorder class was started; 26 children applied for this. It was an attempt to win children at an early age for the club. The number of members of the orchestra was 38 in 1969, and the drum band had 18 members. There were sixteen collaborations that year, including one launching at the NDSM.
In 1970, participating in a competition in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam again won a second prize. The result was that HCT relegated to a lower department, the Honorary Department. Characteristic of the situation at that moment was that HCT had to be absent due to under-occupation at the launch of the Shell tanker ‘Marticia’ at the NDSM.
In order to be able to provide the necessary cooperation and thus bring in money from the association, in 1970 the farmers’ chapel was established, which was very successful in carnival and other parties in the following years. The drum band also got a shot in 1970 ; the hornblower section, which in 1969 consisted of seven men, completely disappeared from the stage. The drum band only consisted of nine drummers and a number of students.
The years prior to the jubilee a number of shows with famous Dutch were given for each sold out Zonnehuis. In 1970 there was a show in April with André van Duyn, Ria Valk and Frans van Dusschoten and in August the Joop Doderer show attracted the people en masse to the Zonneplein. In 1971 there was the Rita Corita show in August and in collaboration with the theater bureau from the Tuindorp-based Joop van den Ende two try-outs of shows were organized: in February the show ‘With a smile in the room’ and in September the Ted de Braak show.
1972: 50th anniversary
On May 28, HCT organized a Bundesmars competition at the Zonneplein with the participation of fifteen corps. The organization is running smoothly and HCT obtains a first prize itself and with this in the harmony department, it receives the exchange prize for a year.
On 9 December is the celebration of the 50th anniversary. Drumband and orchestra from HCT will give a nice show in the Zonnehuis, while the evening will be completed by a large number of artists: Tony Eyk, Eddy Christiani, the Loland Trio, Saskia and Serge, Frans Vrolijk and Ria Valk.
It can freeze, it can thaw (Dutch expression)
Meanwhile, the recorder class started in 1969 was a great success. Some recorder players had already chosen an instrument and became students of HCT. To promote the flow of recorder players and students, a youth orchestra was founded in 1972. However uncertain the work with youth is, the years thereafter showed. In 1976 there was no recorder class at all and a year later the youth orchestra was also canceled because of a lack of viability.
A similar yo-yo movement was seen during the 4 May commemorations, to which HCT had always cooperated. Social developments also gnawed at this tradition. In 1971 no quiet tour through Tuindorp was held for the first time before playing at the monument. In 1972 and 1973 there was no more musical cooperation from HCT. In 1975 and 1976 there was only played at the monument and from 1977 on there was another silent march on May 4 and there was played at the monument, a tradition that continues to date.
In march games, HCT remained very strong during this period. From 1971 up to and including 1975 a first prize is always won at Federal Marches competitions; in 1975 ‘even the great Tram-harmony’ is returned to the second place at a competition in the Spaarndammerbuurt. Striking events in 1975 are also the participation in the closing night of the manifestation ‘Mokum 700′ in the RAI and the rehearsal of the championship of Red White A, which will take place after weeks of postponement when the football club finally wins a deciding match and champion of the main class.
The farmers’ chapel under the direction of Henk Wooldrik had meanwhile been busy with performances during carnival time. Sometimes there were three performances on one evening; a regular round was made from De Bult to café Het Sluisje and then to the Volewijckers. However, the farmers’ chapel also made a name for itself, and even at the farewell of footballer Sjaak Swart they played in the Hilton hotel with, among others, Willy Alberti and Mini and Maxi.
In 1979 the NDSM gave HCT support for the last time. In the same year, HCT finds the other shipbuilder in Amsterdam-Noord, the ADM, prepared to become the new patron and to support the uniform fund. This aid would, however, be of a very short duration; the ADM would also soon go bankrupt.
End of the drum band
When it was founded in 1948, the drumband was called ‘the calling card of HCT’. This function has certainly fulfilled the drum band over the years. With all successes of HCT, a major role was reserved for the drum band. In 1979 the drumband was officially canceled.
The orchestra had around 40 playing members in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At competitions was always a second place achieved, which resulted that after the competition in Ede in 1982 relegated to what was then called the First Division, but later the department Excellence was mentioned.
A memorable performance is on May 5, 1980 at the Westermarkt, where HCT cooperates in bringing in the Canadian liberators.
1982: 60th anniversary
In 1982 the 60th anniversary was celebrated. A flea market brought the necessary money into the drawer; in particular Mr. and Mrs. Ruiter, who for years also took care of the collection of waste paper, stepped up for this. During the jubilee concert on 27 November the new uniforms were put into use: the blue uniform dating from 1952 was exchanged for a sober brown out-fit. The cabaret artist Peter Faber from Tuindorp gave a one-man show and the evening ended with a cozy ball. The crowded reception fourteen days later showed that HCT was still in the spotlight.
In the early eighties there was again a considerable influx of students to note, so in 1984 again a student orchestra could be formed under the leadership of Nelis Smit. The weekly rehearsal evening shifted from Friday to Tuesday.
Farewell to Brouwer
In 1985 there was an end to an era at HCT. Conductor Brouwer silently said goodbye on June 1, according to his own wishes. He had been a conductor of HCT for 33 years.Brouwer was succeeded by Peter Tol. In 1990 Peter Tol was succeeded by Ruud Pletting.