After the spell-binding performance by the SAPS mounted unit, the spectators were in for a treat: the young drum majorettes of Curro Private School with their flashy red-blue-and-silver costumes, knee-length white boots and furry busbies, came striding into the arena, twirling their batons and silvery banners.
Led by drum majorette Mia, the eldest of the group, they entertained us with a high-energy routine. Even on the Wednesday night’s performance, when it drizzled quite heavily and their batons tended to slip out of wet and cold hands, the girls never faltered, but continued on valiantly, throwing their batons into the air with an infectious enthusiasm.
Here is some more history about the Curro drummies, for whom this was the first time that they performed at the Cape Town Military Tattoo – and at the Castle, for that matter. Judging from their excitement backstage, they had a great time.
“Curro Private School is situated in Sonstraal Heights Durbanville. It started in 1998 in a church building and moved to its new campus in 2000. The school has just over 1000 learners.
The Curro Drum Majorettes Team was started in 2002. The team slowly climbed up the ranks until it was crowned the South African Champion of Champions in 2009. The Curro team comprises of girls aged between 8 and 13 years old who train three times a week. The principal trainer is Miss Candice Combrinck and the co-trainer is Miss Leanne Beattie.
A number of the team members have been awarded Colours and South African Protea Colours in the sport. In 2009 Curro boasted 5 team members in the SA team, which competed in Texas, United States. Miss Candice Combrinck was also the SA coach for the Junior Team. South Africa came home with 25 trophies – gold, silver and bronze.
Curro drummies compete in various categories ranging from drill team to groups. Each division requires a certain number of girls. They have been the largest team in SA for the past three years.” (Program notes)