The Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2013 at Vygieskraal Stadium

On a blisteringly hot Saturday, 19 October 2013, Vygieskraal Stadium in Johnson Road, Rylands, Athlone, was the venue for an exciting annual interschools event: the Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival. I had been to the 2011 festival in Vygieskraal and the 2012 festival in Florida Park (see photos and reports on those links) and was rather looking forward to this year’s event, as it is always a colourful spectacle – and a great photographic opportunity. 🙂

Looking back on an exciting year of being published!

Last year, I wrote and submitted a number of articles to the Pinelands Muse community magazine and the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine, as well as the Equestrian Express and the Sawubona in-flight magazine of South African Airways, our national carrier. In order to update my CV at the start of January, I compiled a list, which I thought I’d share with you, in case you are curious.

A colourful and thrilling display of marching skills: The Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2012 at Florida Park in Ravensmead

On Saturday morning, 20 October 2012, I made my way to the Florida Park Sports Ground in Stroebel Road, Ravensmead. I had been asked by WO2 André van Schalkwyk of the SA Army Band Cape Town to take some photographs of their performance at the Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2012. I had attended and written about last year’s festival in Vygieskraal Stadium, Athlone, and was looking forward to what promised to be a very exciting event.

A fantastic evening’s entertainment: The Military Sunset Concert at the Castle

Update: An article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division website. Here is the PDF document. This evening, the Military Sunset Concert 2011 was held at the Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town, under a cloudless blue summer sky. When the big imposing gates of the Castle opened…

You’re all invited to a Military Sunset Concert at the Castle of Good Hope

Round up all your family and friends, and head on down to the magnificent old Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town on Friday 18 November 2011 and Saturday 19 November 2011, for a relaxing sunset picnic on the lawns, followed by a wonderful military music concert. Yes, you are invited to bring along…

The Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2011 at Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone

Update: The article I wrote about this event has been published in the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine of Summer 2012. Here is the PDF document. Last Saturday, 15 October 2011, I found myself at Vygieskraal Stadium in Johnson Road, Rylands, Athlone. My mission: To take photographs during a mini tattoo at the Western Cape Schools…

The Drill Squad of the Western Province Schools Marching Drill and Exhibition Association perform at the Castle of Good Hope

On Monday, 03 October 2011, visitors to the Castle of Good Hope who had come from near and far, were in for a surprise treat. The announcer spoke over the p.a. system: “Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you to the performance of the Western Province Schools Marching Drill and Exhibition Association. … Let’s give them…

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: The Drill Squad

Once all the participants in the First Muster had left the arena, the Drill Squad from the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association (WP SMDEA) emerged from the Kat archway. They were led out by their vigorous troop of drummers, who kept up a relentless beat, energising and driving on the squad.

The Drill Squad of WP SMDEA trains at Youngsfield Military Base

As explained in the previous posts (see SA Army Band CT trains Drill Squad, Visit to the Naval Dockyard and Visit to Fort iKapa), the drill squad of the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association (WP SMDEA) recently participated in a week-long training program at Youngsfield Military Base.

The Drill Squad of WP SMDEA visits Fort iKapa: Home of the Reserve units in the Western Cape

The dedicated boys and girls making up the drill squad of the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association (WP SMDEA) (see previous post) gave up their mid-term holidays, in order to participate in an intensive week of training by members of the SA Army Band Cape Town. The drill squad is part of…

The Drill Squad of WP SMDEA visits Simon’s Town: Home of the SA Navy

During the recent school holidays, the boys and girls making up the drill squad of the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association (WP SMDEA) were drilled by members of the SA Army Band Cape Town (see previous post) in preparation for the Cape Town Military Tattoo to be held at the Castle of…

SA Army Band Cape Town prepares the Drill Squad of the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010

Update: An article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division website. Here is the PDF document.  During the school holiday week of 27 September to 01 October 2010, the drill squad of the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association (WP SMDEA) received some intensive training by members of…