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The Band’s primary function is to provide music for ceremonial occasions

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We would like to welcome you to the official website of the South African Navy Band, the premier band of the South African National Defence Force. 

The latest news

28 January 2014    The SA Navy Band turns 60

The SA Navy Band celebrates its 60th birthday this year. News about a birthday concert to be announced later...

26 July 2012    The SA Navy Band's newest CD 'All of me', featuring WO2 Willie van Zyl, is now available for purchase.

More information available here...

About the South African Navy Band

The Internationally acclaimed South African Navy Band,  the premierClick here to view our events calendar band of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), has been a regular visitor on the international military music scene since 2002. The Band has performed in Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, England, Scotland and Burundi. It has also travelled the length and breadth of South Africa having performed at all the major venues and in some of the most rural areas.

The SA Navy Band, a crowd pleaser!

The band comprises 47 versatile musicians who are able to adapt to the Band’s many varied musical requirements. The Band’s primary function is to provide music for ceremonial occasions. This has included providing music for the inaugurations of past Presidents Mandela and Mbeki, openings of Parliament, the Presidential Fleet Review held in Simon’s Town in 2009, and the Navy’s own parades.

'The SA Navy Band is the most versatile band in the SANDF'

The SA Navy Band is the most versatile band in the SANDF having various ensembles that can provide music for almost any occasion. These groups include the Concert and Parade Bands, a Marimba Ensemble, Chamber Group, Stage Band, Dance Band and smaller background music groups. This all from the same 47 musicians … certainly great value for the tax-payer’s money!

2008 was one of the busiest years for the Band as it successfully completed 200 musical engagements during the calendar year. This is no mean feat as the Band also has to find time to rehearse for upcoming engagements and continue rehearsing new music for future performances.

The repertoire of the Band is diverse and representative of the many different cultures that make South Africa such a wonderfully unique country.

The South African Navy Band plays a vital role in promoting the South African Navy, the People’s Navy.

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