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Sunday, February 14, 2016


The national Field Band Foundation NPC was founded in 1997 to use the global performance band concept in bringing focused life-skills training to young people in areas of disadvantage.

On February 20, the sounds of brass, percussion, marimbas and steel drums, with accompanying flash of flags and colourful costume, will reverberate through Soweto when the Field Band Foundation holds its bi-annual national championships at the Nike Football Training Centre.

South Africa’s 12 top performance field bands, each with 125 members, will put on long-rehearsed displays of closely choreographed music, dance and band movement before local and international judges, and the public.

Many field band players, including those from KZN’s popular PG Bison Buccaneers, are among the more than 40,000 youngsters who have gone through the Field Band Foundation programme, 23,800 for a minimum of three years, in 79,600 years of developmental training.

The Field Band Academy, formerly situated at Oakford near Verulam outside Durban and now located in Johannesburg, is the Foundation’s training and capacity-building institution that enhances the skills of operational leaders and other talented youngsters of high potential from across the country.

The Foundation currently has more than 6,500 members in 48 bands and receives significant corporate support. State support comes through the Department of Arts & Culture, and international support primarily through partners in Norway, Flanders, and the US.

The Field Band Foundation Championships will take place on February 20 at the Nike Football Training Centre on the corner of Mokoena and Chris Hani (“Old Potch”) Streets in Klipspruit, Soweto. (M68 Klipspruit Soweto Gauteng 1837, M68, Soweto, 1837).

The championships will be opened by a representative of the office of Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Ms. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, and by Phillip Barton, CEO of the Field Band Foundation’s primary supporter, De Beers Consolidated Mines. The championships will run from 09h30 to 13h30 and members of the public are invited to attend at no cost.

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