The Concert Band
The Concert Band is one of the
foremost bands in South Africa.
It comprises all 47 members of the South African Navy Band. The Band
has a vast and diverse concert programme which includes music
representing all of South Africa’s eleven cultural groups. The
standard repertoire includes typical Western music such as light
classical pieces, big band and jazz numbers, and marches to name but
a few. However, the uniqueness of the Band is that it includes
traditional African music and instruments, such as the marimbas and
djembe drums, in its concert programme.
Annual dry dock concert
'In the world of civilian entertainment,
they have earned the highest recognition '
In the world of civilian
entertainment, they have earned the highest recognition
after regular guest appearances at the National Arts
Festival in Grahamstown, with standing ovations at every
performance. An accolade from the Fair Lady Magazine stated
“This slick ensemble took the Festival by storm and has
(like President Mandela) become something of a national
Chief of the SA Navy Gala Concert
The South African Navy Band has
performed at all the main concert venues throughout South Africa.
It was selected to participate in the opening of the International
Conference Centre, Durban, and then to perform the first Gala
Concert at this prestigious venue. The Band has on two occasions
shared concerts with Ladysmith Black Mambaso and the Drakensberg
Boys Choir, bringing the crowds to their feet and being acclaimed by
the Mayor of Ladysmith as “one of South Africa’s national assets”.
Sea Power Symposium
Internationally, the Concert Band has performed in Scotland, Germany
and Russia. At all these venues the Band received many standing
The Concert Band performs an average of 25 concerts a year. One of
the highlights of its annual concert programme is the Chief of the
South African Navy’s Gala Concert, held in Pretoria.