Warrant Officer Willie van Zyl joined the South African
Navy Band in 1973, a year after completing his high
school education. Willie is a foremost jazz specialist
who performs with many well established bands in Cape
Town. Besides playing in the Concert Band, he is also
the Leader of the Dance/Stage Band as well as the
Section Leader of the clarinet section. Willie is
a virtuoso on the oboe, saxophone and the penny-whistle.
He is also a regular soloist with the Band.
Music taste: Classical, Golden oldies, Jazz-dance
His other responsibilities include:
a. writing and arranging new music for these two
b. rehearsing and preparing these groups for
c. being responsible for the administration,
training and control of musicians within his
d. assisting the Bandmaster and/or Director of
Music in the daily functioning of the Band both
musically and functionally;
e. being responsible for the conducting and
training of an instrumental group of the Band;
f. being responsible for the training and
instruction of musicians regarding the
maintenance of instruments and equipment.