16 November 2015

 The Blue Devils, the internationally acclaimed show band and performing arts youth development organisation from California, and System Blue Education, will be marching in tandem with SA’s Field Band Foundation (FBF) to provide unique lifeskills and active citizenship education to young South Africans.

Frequent winners of America’s prestigious Drum Corp International Championships, the Blue Devils have announced an acceleration of their longstanding partnership with the FBF. This collaboration takes place under the auspices of the Blue Devils’ “One Music One World” initiative and is delivered by System Blue Education. The partnership includes an exchange of personnel and shared educational initiatives.

System Blue Director of Education, Frank Troyka, will attend the Field Band Foundation’s National Workshop in late November. He will work with Foundation education head Nonceba Lushaba to incorporate some of the world class showband techniques developed over 50 years by the Blue Devils and delivered through System Blue into the Foundation’s South African work.

The FBF will host national workshops in December for 30 young tutors, change agents in the Foundation’s 48 bands around SA that have more than 6 500 active members between the ages of seven and 21 years.

“We use the exchange of music to bridge cultural, economic and political divides, and establish a lifetime of shared social engagement in youth. Like the Field Band Foundation, our objective is to develop personal character through challenging physical and emotional activities while having a great deal of fun and providing incredible entertainment for everyone. The synergies between the organisations are fantastic and we are delighted to be able to link in this way, and to continue to expand our One Music One World initiative,” says Donna Batchelor, president of the The Blue Devils board of directors.

The One Music One World initiative and The Blue Devils will support the FBF in raising funds to continue the varied range of educational activities that the Foundation provides to members annually, with a particular focus on holding national workshops.

Adds Foundation chairman Herman Mashaba: “A critical mass of confident young people with a balance between their personal rights and collective responsibilities contributing positively to a vibrant civil society is what the Field Band Foundation is committed to”.

National workshops content will include a strong component on the lifeskills of personal leadership and entrepreneurship. Thirty young tutors will enjoy intense in-residential training at the Field Band Academy near Verulum, KZN for two weeks in December, benefitting from the expertise of facilitators from SA, Norway, and the US.

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This news update is issued by the Field Band Foundation communications unit. For additional information, please contact public relations administrator Sello Ramosepele on 071 576 7214.