Combined Concert Band performs at Windworx and Band Extravaganza

For the past 2 weeks the Combined Concert band has been rather busy with back-to-back rehearsals for their 2 most recent performances. On Saturday 2 May the band performed at the well-known, Windworx Fanfare. It is a weekend dedicated purely to wind bands. They performed twice on the Saturday at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parrow, first in the main hall for adjudication, for which they were awarded High Honours, and again outside on the lawn as part of the informal concert. The evening was rounded off with 3 mass band items where Wynberg played with the other bands who took part in the weekend’s events. The mass band consisting of around 400 players. A great time was had by all and the bands even managed to slip in some bonding time at the Spur just down the road during their break!

Their second performance was this past Friday  on 9 May at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch in the prestigious Band Extravaganza. The whole band piled onto a bus on Friday afternoon and went out to Stellenbosch where the band managed to improve on their performance at Windworx even more.

The Wynberg Boys’ and Girls’ High School Concert Band, conducted by Peter Catzavelos opened the show performing well-known works such as Skyfall and It Had Better Be Tonight. We were followed by Durbanville High School Symphonic Wind Band, under the baton of Suretha Theron. Their performance included a medley from the popular film soundtrack Grease. The first half concluded with a Concerto for Cello and Wind Band featuring renowned South Africa cellist, Peter Martens, and the international brass quintet, Harmonic Brass Munich, under the baton of Pamela Kierman.

The second half of the concert featured works such as Icebreaker, Slavonic Rhapsody and Swords against the Sea, performed by Bellville High School Symphonic Wind Band, conducted by Riaan van Wyk. They were followed by the Hugo Lambrechts Concert Wind Band, directed by Charlene Saayman, performing Hymn for a Festival and Manhattan Pictures. The full University of Stellenbosch Symphonic Wind Ensemble concluded the evening with a Neil Hefti Potrait, conducted by Felicia Lesch, and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, conducted by Pamela Kierman.

The bus trip back home was considerably quieter than on the way there, as many of the tired musicians rested their eyes and took a short nap, satisfied with their performance of the evening.

We are enormously privileged to perform in venues such as these and our very grateful thanks is extended to Mr Catzavelos who enables us to do so.