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BRASS STUDENTS TO OZ (article first published : 2000-09-4)

Following the successful and varied South African music and dance presentation (World Expo 2000 Hannover, Germany) that was organised through the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music, Glynis Malcolm-Smith the Centre’s programme administrator was asked to identify six brass students to play at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

These students will be part of the 2000 strong marching band that will play and parade at the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. Chosen of the basis of instruments and wind band experience the following lucky students will be flying out on 29 August; Michael Magner (trumpet), S’kumbuzo Khumalo (trumpet), Aubrey Skalkie (trumpet) from the University of Natal and Angela Ayers (trumpet), Allison Porter (trombone) and Justin Sasman (trombone) from the University of Cape Town. Glynis Malcolm-Smith who will accompany the group as manager and chaperone says the Australian rehearsal schedule includes two weeks of early rising and all day attention to precision and time perfection.

The South African musicians will be part of the red Olympic ring and will play the music of Bulgaria, Cuba, Japan, Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, Korea, Ukraine and South Africa. The repertoire includes some world favourites like Chariots of Fire, Waltzing Matilda, March of the Olympians. Rehearsals have already taken place at the Centre for Jazz with Brian Thusi (UND Masters student and professional trumpet player) taking all six through their musical paces. The Olympic Committee sent a video showing marching sequences to help them prepare. Every detail down to ordering special marching shoes from the United States has had to be handled through the Centre which is fast becoming a South African arts and education resource worldwide.

Victor Julius, Director of the Department of Arts and Culture says, “ these musicians are the only official cultural representation sponsored by the DACST”. Darius Brubeck says “The University of Natal should be very proud of the confidence shown in us by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Department of Foreign Affairs” and “we should all watch out for our representatives in the red band on opening day”

More details from Glynis Malcolm-Smith on (031) 260-3385 or fax (031) 260-2085




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