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DRUM FOR JOY! (article first published : 2007-09-9)

The National Creative Arts Youth Festivalís 25th Drum for Joy! Steel Drum Band Competition was held at the University of KwaZulu-Natalís Westville Campus on September 8. The event was well attended and saw steel drum bands from as far afield as Ixopo and Pietermaritzburg challenge for top position in two categories: the Senior Primary School Competition, and the Senior Secondary School Competition.

Drum for Joy! is convened by Bryan Clarke who conducted all the bands. An amiable and genial teacher, he is a great inspiration to the young learners, many of whom are learning a musical instrument for the first time through the Steel Drum Foundation.

The winners in the Primary School section were Rivermead Grades 4-5 followed by Durban Primary and Embury Grade 6 in second and third places respectively. Rivermead Grades 4-5 also won the trophy for the Most Outstanding Single Performance by a Band.

Winners in the High School Section were Hillcrest High in first place followed by St Nicholas and FBF Umlazi in second and third places respectively.

The trophy for the Most Improved Junior School Band was presented to St Monicaís and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Spirit Trophy was won by Warner Beach.

The ArtSMart Rising Star Trophy is presented to a single individual in either the primary or high school section who shines above the rest, impressing with his or her performance focus, enthusiasm and commitment. This was won by Litseone Mapena from St Monicaís.

More information from the Festival Office on 031 201 9312 or 083 952 5714 or e-mail: ncayf@iafrica.com




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