On 18 July, Field Bands from Durban, Cape Town, Grahamstown, East London, Plettenberg Bay and Dordrecht gather for a regional championship in the Stormberg Mountains town of Dordrecht, home of the Emalahleni Field Band.

A small town with a population of about 10 000, Dordrecht is just north of Queenstown, between Middelberg and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Its Field Band is unique in being sponsored and actively supported by the local government, the Emalahleni Municipality.

Other regional championships take place on 11 July in the Northern Cape (Bands: Kimberley, Postmasburg, Daniëlskuil, Kuruman) and Limpopo (Bands: Thabazimbi, Blouberg, Musina, Rustenburg, Cullinan, Hammanskraal) and on 18 July in Gauteng (Bands: Soweto, Springs, Alexandra, Witbank, Parys, Viljoenskroon, Kroonstad).