Tomorrow sees 16 Field Bands celebrate Youth Day with parades in different townships across SA; involving 1 500 young members of the Field Band Foundation.
These performances will start at 09:00, with brass, percussion, movement sections, and flags aloft in typically upbeat Field Band style. These celebrations commemorate Youth Day in the 20th year of the non-profit Field Band Foundation’s work.
In this time, almost 50 000 youngsters have passed through Field Band Foundation (FBF) programmes; 25 000 of them for a minimum of three years. The FBF operates 42 Field Bands in seven provinces, with a “Music for Life!” lifeskills training programme alongside its musical training.
Youth Day street parades will take place in Alexandra, Blouberg, Soweto, Hammanskraal, Khatu, Kimberley, KwaThema, Molteno, Musina, Parys, Plettenberg Bay, Stellenbosch, Thabazimbi, Ventersdorp, Viljoenskroon, Witbank.
Congratulation to Dennis Tlou, Freddy Mondhlana,Tshepo Siloto and Khayalethu Benela on doing exceptionally well on The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music ABRSM practical exams.
These four FBF members took the exams on 23 May 2017, and they all passed, gaining one distinction and two merit certificates along the way. Well done!
“Passion is everything, Skills can be taught. But what drives an individual is his will to succeed.” – Bongani Goliath
My first involvement in the programme started when I was only 11 years old. At the time I was just a young school boy from the township, highly passionate about bands and drum majorettes but only exposed to soccer and marimba groups. A friend of mine introduced me to the Field Band, where I started off and travelled the world as a drummer. I then became a tutor and advanced to the Soweto Band Coordinator in the year 2012. I became involved in the band as a drummer to pursue my passion in music and grew further to help the youth pursue their passion in music through the Field Band.
I was also fortunate enough to have toured with the band to Belgium, Amsterdam and Norway in 2008 and 2009. I toured both because of the Field Band national tour as well as pursuing my studies in music and leadership. Winning the national Field Band championships in 2011 and completing my Music Teaching Diploma were big highlights as well.
I am currently studying and Programme Managing the Soweto Band. I also aim to continue to enrich the lives of the youth in my community through the skills I have acquired in the Field Band. I am also furthering my studies in Teaching Methodology, Music Technology, Music Theory and Music Business.
Today we look back to the 2008 FBF National Championships. If you look very closely at the video clip below, you will recognise some young faces – band members who today are some of the Foundation’s backbone, as tutors, band coordinators, and in management.
Let’s keep the magic going!
Field Band Foundation, #FitForPurpose
Video Credit: Man At Large
On Wednesday 1 March 2017, five Field Band Foundation stars graduated with Diplomas in Music from the University of North West, Potchefstroom.
In 2014 Field Band Foundation members Manqoba Mabena, Mashadi Mokoena, Phelelani Mthatyane, Tshiamo Oor and Daniel Sithole were accepted at the university to read the three-year diplomas. Throughout, these young South Africans have proved committed and hard-working – a credit to themselves and to their Foundation.
Already at their end-first-year university concert, staff and fellow students were deeply impressed at their levels of performance, both in solo, and when involving fellow brass-playing students.
Our five FBF stars have returned to our operations – sharing their expertise with fellow members and tutors.
FBF CEO Nicky du Plessis expressed her delight and pride in these outstanding Field Banders as “Wonderful examples of the passion of our Foundation Family across the country. We congratulate them, and we know that they will enjoy rewarding careers and musical performance excellence through their lives”.
Mashadi Precious Mokoena
Our Woman crush Wednesday #WCW goes to Mashadi Precious Mokoena – Graduated at the University of North West this year. She obtained a Diploma with distinctions in Music.
Mashadi was only 12 years when she joined the Field Band in 2004 in Cullinan outside Pretoria. She graduated from the Field Band Academy in 2011 and received a certificate for both theory and practical through the royal school of music.
In 2012 she was selected for the USA exchange programme with the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corp for 3 months (May-August)