Sponsored by the national Department of Arts & Culture, the Field Band Foundation 2016 National Championships take place next week, on Saturday 20 February at the exciting Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto – specialist training ground for SA and Gauteng’s best.
The day’s public proceedings on-field will be opened by Arts & Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi MP, at 09:30.

Practicing most days since they qualified for national championships (about six months back), SA’s top Field Bands each hope to have perfected a show of unique choreography, and are raring to share it with you and with their peers – the broader Foundation Family.

Indeed, local FBF social media is vibrantly “pinging” with member “shout outs” across the country in anticipation of this premier showcase – excitement that we’ve nearly reached the gathering of the Foundation Family, and not without plenty of good-natured ribbing between the formations.

The Investec Black Like Me – Soweto Field Band have home ground advantage, and they’ll be up against it with visitors Alexandra (also Investec), De Beers Blouberg, Emalahleni Dordrecht, Black Like Me – Hammanskraal, De Beers PPC Kimberley, Anglo American Kuruman, De Beers Musina, De Beers Ponahalo Parys, PFG Londulusha Springs, Anglo American Thabazimbi, and Anglo American Tsantsabane.

The event is open to the general public, without charge, and on-field proceedings start at 09:30.

Order of Proceedings

09H00 Photographic exhibition in VIP area opened by FBF CEO Nicky du Plessis
09H30 National Anthem
09H35 Welcome by:

Deputy Arts & Culture Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi MP
De Beers Consolidated Mines CEO Phillip Barton FBF Acting Chairman Brian Gibson

Premier Division

10H15 De Beers PPC Kimberley Field Band
10H27 Anglo American Thabazimbi Field Band
10H39 De Beers Musina Field Band
10H51 De Beers Blouberg Field band

Judges Break

11H00 Anglo American Tsantsabane Field Band
11H12 Investec Black Like Me – Soweto Field band
11H24 Investec Alexandra Field band
11H36 PFG Londulusha Springs Field Band

First Division

11H48 Ponahalo De Beers Parys Field Band
12H00 Black Like Me – Hammanskraal Field Band
12H12 Emalahleni Dordrecht Field Band
12H24 Anglo American Kuruman Field Band

Judges Deliberation


Dep Min Rejoice Mabadafhasi MPArts and culture logo high res




Arts & CultureDeputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi MP