V&A Waterfront Battle of the (school) Bands

Wynberg Girls' High School (1)

Let’s be honest – school kids are going to make up most of MyCityByNight‘s readers in the near future as they start to enter the world of partying and not listening to teachers. In a bid to catch them while they’re still fresh (sounding a bit like a paedo) – we’re going to be popping down to the V&A Waterfront to lend our support to some of Cape Town’s finest schools and their big bands as they battle it out at the V&A Amphitheatre from 18 to 24 March for a grand prize donation from Marshall Music.

These bands have travelled the world, performed for royalty and participate in world famous annual festivals across the country with repertoires from jazz to blues, swing and rock – there’s no doubt that they’re very talented and that they have a big role to play in inspiring our youth to do something creative.

The week of “battles” will culminate with Marshall Music donating R20 000 worth of musical equipment to the best supported performance of the week, so make sure to come and cheer for your favourite band.

The SACS Big Band will set the bar on Monday 18 March with their tight ensemble, who are regulars at the Grahamstown National Jazz Festival and were the only band outside of Gauteng to be invited to perform at the inaugural Gauteng Big Band Festival in 2012.

The Rustenburg Girls’ High School Jazz Band will keep you entertained with their fully-fledged ensemble and versatile Jazz Combo on Tuesday 19 March. They appear annually at the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival and at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown.

Wednesday 20 March will showcase the St Joseph’s Marist College Jazz Band. This versatile group have a broad repertoire ranging from local legends such as Abdullah Ibrahim to George Benson and have shared a stage with the highly acclaimed local group, Coda. The band prefers to focus their musical talents on local artists while translating our heritage with their music.

The well-travelled Con Amore orchestra will no doubt entice your enthusiasm for their musical talents on Thursday 21 March. Orchestra members come from various schools in the Vaal Triangle with ages ranging from 11 to 18 years. The group have performed internationally in France, Reunion and Austria in a number of concerts across many cities.

The 18-piece DELFT BIG BAND will command the stage on Friday 22 March. Their quick rise to fame through claiming their place as one of the country’s top big bands has seen them perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Artscape and twice for the Queen of Sweden.

The Sans Souci “Jazz Cats” are well-known for captivating their audiences with their enthusiastic musical performances and can be seen at the Amphitheatre on Saturday 23 March at 17h00. They have many accolades behind them including a 10 year tenure at the Baxter Theatre Big Band Jazz Festival and are frequently asked to perform at distinguished events. The Jazz Cats will hand the stage over to the Wynberg Girls’ High School Big Band at 18h00. This fun band will add a touch of flavour to your day with their performance including a mix of swing, rock, funk and Latin jazz also featuring vocalists from the school.

Wrapping up the school band showcase on Sunday 24 March will be the Bergvliet High School Band at 17h00. This recently established tentet are keen to share their passion and enthusiasm for music with local audiences. They’ll hand the stage over to international act, Milton Academy Jazz Band (USA) at 18h00. The band will be on their 9th tour of South Africa from 14 – 30 March. The group have been the recipient of several national awards for their performances featuring music from Cuba to South Africa. Their ties to South Africa began twenty years ago with a visit from Abdullah Ibrahim.

Performances start from at 17h00 or 18h00 on various days and end at 19h00 on all days.

Dates and times

Monday 18 March from 18h00 – 19h00 – SACS High School

Tuesday 19 March from 18h00 – 19h00 – Rustenburg Girls High School

Wednesday 20 March from 18h00 – 19h00 – St Joseph’s Marist College

Thursday 21 March from 17h00 – 18h00 – Con Amore

Friday 22 March from 18h00 – 17h00 – Delft Big Band

Saturday 23 March from 17h00 – 18h00 – Sans Souci Jazz Cats

Saturday 23 March from 18h00 – 19h00 – Wynberg Girls High School

Sunday 24 March from 17h00 – 18h00 – Bergvliet High School

Sunday 24 March from 18h00 – 19h00 – Milton Academy (USA)

Venue                                  V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost                                       Free

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