Highlights of the 2015-2016 Report to Society include:
- We operated 48 bands in 24 localities and, through an active recruitment campaign, increased average band membership to 140 members each (2014: 137). This year sees active membership of 6 742 youngsters attending an average two rehearsals a week (up from 6 586 members last year).
- This year’s member numbers mark the Foundation’s highest impact yet, and our 2016 cohort will swell an alumni of more than 40 000 young South Africans who have passed through our ranks over 19 years – 23 800 for a minimum of three years each – in 79 600 years of developmental training.
- The FBF’s reach is national, through 48 full Field Bands working in 24 localities.
- The financial year ended on 31 December 2015 with the Foundation showing a surplus of R528 000, a healthy turnaround on 2014’s deficit of R3,5m.
- As with every one of its 19 years of operation, the Field Band Foundation received a clean audit from KPMG for its 2015 financial year.
- In 2016 the FBF launched a new, highly active, North American presence in FBF-USA, and details of our American friends are carried in the Report.
- Taking readers right up to date at mid-2016, the Report details the FBF’s extraordinary communications successes and national Twitter “trending” in 2016, the national championships celebration in Soweto in February this year, as well as 2015’s regional championships that drew thousands of people to FBF gatherings in the Northern Cape’s Kuruman, Gauteng’s Soweto, the Eastern Cape’s Dordrecht, and Limpopo’s Thabazimbi.
- This year’s Report includes moving tributes to the Foundation’s late Honorary Life President, Mr Bertie Lubner, and to former chairman Mr Herman Mashaba.