At The Borderline 7: World Of Contrasts

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During the tour through South-Africa the Vlamo (Belgium) delegation visited four field bands. In part 7, Geert Vanmaeckelberghe highlights the field band of Stellenbosch. Translation: Hans Kloppert.

"The field band of Witbank (see part 1) was a young field band with children who had only two years ago met with the world of show, music and dance. The melancholically typical sound the Dobsonville field band in the center of Soweto produced (see part 4) will stick in my mind forever. The enthusiasm but also the desperate need for quality knowledge of color guard technique reminds me of the Macassar field band (see part 5). Today in part 7 we will feature the field band of Stellenbosch. A crescendo in this series. To me this is the personifying example of the Field Band Foundation project. Musicians in their twenties, who have enjoyed their musical formation in Norway and with the Pioneer drum & bugle corps are now teaching young and new musicians and preparing them for a better future. We interviewed about twenty adolescents and admired their compassion, dedication, expression, vision and assertiveness…

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Posted by on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007. Filed under S.A. Field Band Foundation.