The Field Band Foundation, a non-profit company, was established in 1997 to bring the global marching band concept to disadvantaged areas of South Africa and to develop a uniquely indigenous variant of this performance type.
Through participation in band activities, young people who might otherwise have little opportunity for constructive recreational activity, are taught the advantages of such lifeskills as commitment, competitiveness, teamwork, discipline and timekeeping. In so doing, the advantages of heightened self-esteem and associated self-confidence are inculcated.
The Foundation has 46 Field Bands, each usually consisting of 140 members, aged seven to 21 years.
While teaching music, movement and dance is the core of the Foundation’s activities, band members also receive:
- HIV and Aids peer education
- General education in social development
- Specific lifeskills training.