De Beers Blouberg Field Band

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

PREMIER DIVISION

BRASS

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

PERCUSSION

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

DANCE

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

FINAL PLACING

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

 

FIRST DIVISION

 

PERCUSSION

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

DANCE PERFORMANCE

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

BRASS PERFROMANCE

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

PIT PERCUSSION

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

FINAL PLACING

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

 

Media contact:

Sello Ramosepele

Public Relations Administrator, Field Band Foundation

071 576 7214

sellor@fieldband.org.za

www.fieldband.org.za