With 1 500 participants performing before hundreds of members of the public, sponsoring company representatives, SA government and international partners, the 2016 national championships of the Field Band Foundation were a huge success of joyful choreography, inventive dance, and musical excellence.
Held on a sunny Saturday 20 February at Soweto’s funky Nike Football Training Centre, the event brought together the Foundation’s 12 top Field Bands. Selected through their outstanding performances in four Regional Championships held in 2015, the bands were from Alexandra (supported by Investec), Blouberg (De Beers), Dordrecht (Emalahleni Municipality), Hammanskraal (Black Like Me), Kimberley (De Beers/PPC), Kuruman (Anglo American), Musina (De Beers), Parys (De Beers), Soweto (Investec), Springs (PFG Londulusha), Thabazimbi (Anglo American), and Tsantsabane (Anglo American).
Winning the national championships for their first time were Limpopo’s De Beers Blouberg Field Band. Second place was taken by PFG Londulusha Field Band (Springs), and third place was taken by De Beers Musina Field Band, another Limpopo triumph.
In the more junior First Division, top honours went to the Hammanskraal Field Band (sponsored by Black Like Me), while second and third spots were awarded to Anglo American Kuruman Field Band and Ponahalo De Beers Field Band (Parys) respectively. (See full band and section results below).
The event was opened by Department of Arts and Culture Acting DG Vusithemba Ndima, with welcoming speeches given by De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton, Field Band Foundation chairman Brian Gibson, and Foundation CEO Nicky du Plessis.
The state’s Department of Arts & Culture is sponsor of the on-field championships event, including all transport, accommodation and related logistical costs of all participants, and also sponsors the FBF’s associated Regional Championships.
At the national championships, the Field Band Foundation’s primary supporter, De Beers, also acted as generous host to more than 200 VIP guests, while the Ponahalo De Beers Trusts facilitated a special photographic exhibition. This allowed supporters an insight into the daily community realities in which Field Band Foundation victories occur.
The Foundation was founded in 1997 to use the global performance band concept in bringing focussed life-skills training to young people in areas of disadvantage and, since then, has seen more than 40 000 youngsters go through its programmes, 23 800 for a minimum of three years, in 79 600 years of developmental training.
The Foundation currently has more than 6 500 members in 48 bands across SA, 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.
FBF 2016 National Championships full results
3rd Place Brass De Beers Musina Field Band
2nd Place Brass De Beers PPC Kimberly Field Band
De Beers Best Brass Trophy De Beers Blouberg Field Band
3rd Place Marching Percussion De Beers PPC Kimberly Field Band
2nd Place Marching Percussion De Beers Blouberg Field Band
Best Percussion Trophy PFG Londulusha Field Band
STEEL DRUM & MARIMBA
3rd Place Pit Percussion Investec Alexandra Field Band
2nd Place Pit Percussion Anglo American Thabazimbi Field Band
Best Steel Drum and Marimba Trophy De Beers Blouberg Field Band
3rd Place Dance Performance Anglo American Tsantsabane Field Band
2nd Place Dance Performance Investec Alexandra Field Band
Colour Guard Trophy – Best Dance PFG Londulusha Field Band
Creative Excellence Trophy De Beers Blouberg Field Band
Black Like Me – Trophy De Beers Blouberg Field Band
Best Overall Musical Performance
Winterguard Trophy – Best Show Design PFG Londulusha Field Band
Bronze Medal Investec Black Like Me Soweto Field Band
Bronze Medal Anglo American Tsantsabane Field Band
Silver Medal Anglo American Thabazimbi
Second Runners-up Trophy & Silver Medal De Beers Musina Field Band
GSA – First Runners-up Trophy & Gold Medal PFG Londulusha Field Band
Bertie and Ronnie Lubner – De Beers Blouberg Field Band
National Champions Trophy & Gold Medal
Best Marching Percussion 3rd Place Ponahalo De Beers Parys Field Band
Best Marching Percussion 2nd Place Anglo American Kuruman Field Band
Best Marching Percussion 1st Place Black Like Me Hammanskraal Field Band
Best Dance Performance 3rd Place Ponahalo De Beers Parys Field Band
Best Dance Performance 2nd Place Anglo American Kuruman Field Band
Best Dance Performance 1st Place Black Like Me Hammanskraal Field Band
Best Brass Performance 3rd Place Ponahalo De Beers Parys Field Band
Best Brass Performance 2nd Place Anglo American Kuruman Field Band
Best Brass Performance 1st Place Black Like Me Hammanskraal Field Band
Best Pit Percussion Performance 3rd Place Ponahalo De Beers Parys Field Band
Best Pit Percussion Performance 2nd Place Black Like Me Hammanskraal Field Band
Best Pit Percussion Performance 1st Place Anglo American Kuruman Field Band
4TH PLACE Emalahleni Municipality Field Band
First Division Second Runner-up and Bronze Medal Ponahalo De Beers Field Band
Overall First Division
First Runner- up and Silver Medal Anglo American Kuruman Field Band
De Beers First Division National Black Like Me Hammanskraal Field Band
Champions Trophy and Gold Medal
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