2008 tour to Germany
2008 started off
with a "bang" as the Band departed for our overseas tour
to Germany on 21 January to participate at the 44th Musikschau der Nationen, Bremen. This was
followed by concerts in Bremenhaven, Berlin and Bünde.
The final leg of the tour was a visit to Munich where we
had an opportunity to do some brief sightseeing and play
in the snow (a novelty if you live in Cape Town) before
returning to South Africa on 7 February.
The Band’s first “port of call” was Bremen and
participation at the 44th “Musikschau Der Nationen”. Ten
bands representing all five continents were present at
this year’s show.
The Band entering the Arena
The Band routine
The SA Band at the 44th Bremen Music Show of the Nations
Finale Bremen Music Show 2008
The SA Navy Band was especially popular with their
unique blend of music (including Shosholoza and
Meadowlands), which included the use of five djembe
drums and four marimbas.
On Wednesday morning 23 January 2008, the Marimba
Group was requested to perform for the Bündeswehr’s New
Year's reception in the Bremen Town Hall. This
function was attended by high ranking German officers as
well as members of the local parliament. Although
there was a slight delay as the Band’s equipment was
detained by German customs in Hamburg, the group was
able to improvise with a good rendition of Traditional
African Songs. This group performed well receiving
many accolades by those in attendance.
That evening the band performed at the German Navy
Maritime Operational School in Bremenhaven.
Although there was no ticket sales for this concert,
donations for the Isivunguvungu Project were received to
the amount of 1,908 Euros. This concert was the
initiative of the Officer Commanding of the school who
had been the German Defence Attaché in South Africa.
Welcome by the officer commanding the German Maritime
Petty Officer and a volunteer doing the Mexican Hat
Some of the audience
The Marimba Group was requested to provide suitable
music at the church service arranged for the
participants of the Music Show by the organisers.
The attendance by the stand-in South African
Ambassador, Minister Johannes, and the Defence Attaché,
Captain (SAN) Sinovitch, was extremely appreciated by
the members of the Band as this was the first time that
representatives from the SA Embassy had attended the
Bremen Music Show of the Nations. On completion of
the evening’s show the minister addressed the Band and
conveyed his congratulations on the Band’s successful
The Marimba Group of the band performed extremely
well giving approximately 14 impromptu performances
between shows. The group enjoyed great popularity
with many people staying for some time after the shows
listening to the music.
On Monday 28 January the band departed for Berlin for
Despite literally being in Berlin for less than two
and a half days, the Navy Band performed three concerts.
The Band’s primary concert in Berlin was hosted by the
South African Embassy; the other two being for the
European Air Defence Systems (EADS) and for the German
War Graves Commission. The reaction of these vastly
different audiences was the same regarding the demand
for encores, illustrating once again that the forty-two
members of the South African Navy Band are able to
entertain and inspire people of all ages and from all
Visit to the Bünde Parliament
With the Shanty Choir - Bünde
On Thursday 31 January, the band departed for Bünde
for the Band’s final concert performance which was held
in the Town Hall on Saturday evening 2 February 2008.
Over 700 people attended this concert. The entertaining
and varied music programme of the band had audiences on
their feet. The Band received good publicity from the
local press as well.
Members of the Band in front of the statue of the famous
Musicians of Bremen
Berlin Wall - from another viewpoint
Warrant Officers Laurence Markus and Willie van Zyl at
the Brandenburg Gate - Berlin
One of the landmarks in Munich
The famous clocks - Munich
Members of the band enjoying the snow
The South African Navy Band returned to Cape Town on
Thursday 7 February from a two-week, 25 concert tour of
Germany. They played to over thirty seven thousand
people and received standing ovations at every concert.