After the high-energy performance by the drummies of Curro Private School, it was the turn of the popular SA Army Band of Cape Town (more here) in their red tunics and dark-blue pants to wow the audience. Led out by Drum Major WO2 André van Schwalkwyk and under the baton of Director of Music Major Martin Chandler, they gave us a glimpse of their wide-ranging repertoire.
The Army Band CT is also closely involved with youth development, by fostering the musical skills of talented youngsters from previously disadvantaged areas. More recently, they have also given intensive drill instruction to the Drill Squad of the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association, whose members were selected from numerous schools in the Western Cape, and particularly from the area of Mitchell’s Plain (a description of their most recent training camp, held during the mid-term September holidays, can be read here).
In the months leading up to the 2010 Tattoo, the Army Band has also forged a close relationship with the Rwandan Army Band, whose members spent several months in South Africa, receiving musical training (more info here).