Our History

Marching On Since 1997

The Field Band Foundation was started in 1997, based on the model of American marching bands that has been “Africanised” to produce a unique performance product combining brass music and dance movements inspired from a wide variety of traditional and contemporary sources.

FBF is a non-profit company in terms of the Companies Act No.71 of 2008, with registration number 1997/002/009/08. We are also registered with the Department of Social Development as a non-profit organisation and with the South African Revenue Service as a public benefit organisations without members.


FBF programmes are endorsed by the SA Department of Arts and Culture and have received numerous awards, including:

1998 BASA Award for Best Long Term Development Project

1999 BASA Award for Increasing Access to the Arts.

2002 Arts and Culture Trust Award for Best Practice Project

2003 Arts and Culture Trust Award for Best Project

2004 Kimberlite Organisation of the Year Award

2007 Musina Municipality Arts Project of the Year Award

2007 Gold Partner Award – Fredskorpset – Norway

2009 BASA Chairman’s Premier Award

2013 BASA International Sponsorship Award

2013 National Lotteries Board Compliance with Grant Funding Award

2013 National Lotteries Board Corporate Governance Award

2015 BASA Champion of the Arts Award – Herman Mashaba, former FBF Chairperson

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