Chilly days in July and August did nothing to subdue the exuberance of the thousands of people who took part in, or attended, Field Band Foundation regional championships held in the Northern Cape’s Kuruman, Gauteng’s Soweto, Eastern Cape’s Dordrecht, and Limpopo’s Thabazimbi.

With substantial financial and other supported provided by the Department of Arts & Culture, these gatherings channel the 12 top achieving bands to the Foundation’s national championship that take place in the first half of 2016.

Addressing the Northern Cape regional championships held at Kuruman’s Batlharos Stadium, CEO Nicky du Plessis urged FBF members to put their shoulders to the wheel of building their country: “Some people call you the ‘born frees’ – and that is true enough in a formal political sense. But it can also be misleading. To be able to enjoy the freedoms that come with being able to take up life’s opportunities, there is much work that lies in our own hands” (read the full speech at http://fieldband.org.za/wp-content/uploads/FBF-CEO-N-Cape-regional-champs-opening-address-2015-FINAL.pdf).

Du Plessis also addressed the Dordrecht gathering, while the Soweto and Thabazimbi competitions were addressed by chairman Herman Mashaba and regional operations manager Moira Thomas respectively, along with representatives of the Department of Arts & Culture, and Anglo American SA.

For more information, and pictures of the Limpopo championships held at Thabazimbi’s Ipelegeng Community Sports Ground, see http://fieldband.org.za/vibrant-regional-championships-happen-in-thabazimbi-and-kuruman/.