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FBF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002 (article first published : 2002-09-19)

The Dobsonville Stadium outside Johannesburg will resound to vibrant performances from over 1,200 young South African musicians and dancers on September 28, when the Field Band Foundation holds its fifth National Championships Competition.

Highlight of the day will be a performance by the Norwegian Band Federation Brass Band and the National Field Band, which performed for South African president Thabo Mbeki and Norwegian Prime Minister Bondevik during Mbeki’s state visit to Norway earlier this year.

Due to a generous sponsorship by the National Lotteries Board, 10 bands from all over South Africa will be competing in the event watched by judges from South Africa, the USA – where the field bands concept originated – and Norway.

The day is open to all, free of charge, and families are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and support these talented young artists, all of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To publicise the event, a march will take place on September 27 at 11h00 through the streets of Johannesburg from the Newtown precinct– this will also be quite a spectacle. In the region of 1,000 children will march and play music in their field band formation offering a taste of what is to come on Saturday.

Free transport is provided on Saturday by main sponsors, the PG Group. Buses will leave from PG’s head offices at 57 Sixth Street, Hyde Park on September 28 at 09h30, and the buses will return to Hyde Park leaving the Stadium promptly at 14h30. Secure parking is provided.

For details regarding spokespeople in the various regions, please contact the individual representatives.

Representatives in Gauteng and KZN are: Gauteng West - Ramodise Phillip Tsolo on 082-892-1583 or fax 011 736-6408; Gauteng East - Lilian Masello Sethusha on 082-376-5093 or fax 011 360-1365, and KZN Durban - Bryan Clarke or Mpho Mathabe on 083-777-6762/1 or fax 031 202-2785.

Cape representatives are: Northern Cape, Kimberly - Reggie Moses on 083-587-4166 or fax 053 833-4353; Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth - Marcellus Welman on 082-824-6390 or fax 041 485-3723; Eastern Cape, East London - Thoko Mlonyeni on 082-591-9102 or fax 043 722-7919, and Western Cape, Cape Town and Stellenbosch - Henriette Weber on 083-272-2502 or fax 021 934-9309.




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