Focus is a Dutch group were Classic ( Thijs van Leer) meets fusion (Jan Akkerman) After a very succesfull period Van Leer and Akkerman disagreed about the style of music and split-up. Thijs van leer made some succesfull classic-flute CD-s. While Jan Akkerman made a recordings and a reputation as perhaps the greatest Dutch fusion guitar player. The band also had Bert Ruiter during this time who was later a member of Earth and Fire.
In 2002 the band released Focus 8 with founding members Thijs van Leer and Pierre van der Linden. Joining these two were Bobby Jacobs on bass, and guitarist guitarist Niels van der Steenhoven. Focus 9 followed. With the release of Focus X, the guitar slot is filled by Menno Gootjes.