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”.