Warrant Officer 2 Willie Van Zyl

Bandmaster Light Music


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
Hobbies:  Handyman

His other responsibilities include:

a. writing and arranging new music for these two groups;
b. rehearsing and preparing these groups for upcoming engagements;
c. being responsible for the administration, training and control of musicians within his musical section;
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; and
f. being responsible for the training and instruction of musicians regarding the maintenance of instruments and equipment.