Roll Call: Cape Field Artillery

Programme Notes: CTMT 2003

“The Cape Field Artillery is South Africa’s oldest existing regiment as well as its senior artillery unit. Founded in 1857, it has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals since then, its travels taking it as far afield as Italy during the 1944-45 Italian Campaign. For generations its gunners have fired salutes to mark Cape Town’s great occasions, and the CFA Saluting Troop with its immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight in Cape Town.

Supplying the sound effects for the 1812 Overture has been a speciality of the Saluting Troop for many years, and in the last two decades the CFA Pipe Band has become almost as well known, marching and playing at a great variety of functions and public occasions.”  (CTMT 2003)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2004

“The Cape Field Artillery is South Africa’s oldest existing regiment as well as its senior artillery unit. Founded in 1857, it has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals, its travels taking it as far afield as Italy during the 1944-45 Italian Campaign. For generations its gunners have fired salutes to mark Cape Town’s great occasions, and the CFA Saluting Troop with its immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight – and sound – in Cape Town.

Supplying the sound effects for the 1812 Overture, an intricate task because the firing is closely synchronised with the music, has been a speciality of the Saluting Troop for many years. In recent years the Saluting Troop has found itself plagued by unwanted ‘music’ of a different kind – the concussion from its guns tends to set off the alarms of cars parked in the vicinity!” (CTMT 2004)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2007

15-massed-pipe-bands-5“The Cape Field Artillery, whose pipe band and Saluting Troop are participating in the 2007 tattoo, is South Africa’s senior artillery regiment. It was founded in 1857, when a company of infantrymen from the then Cape Town Rifles volunteered to replace Royal Garrison Artillery coastal gunners who had been hastily transferred to India.

The Cape Field Artillery has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals since then, its travels taking it as far afield as Italy during the 1944-45 Italian Campaign of World War II.

For generations its gunners have fired salutes to mark Cape Town’s great occasions, and the CFA Saluting Troop with its four immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight – and sound – in Cape Town. Its speciality is the ever-popular 1812 Overture, the only piece of classical music which incorporates gunfire in its score.” (CTMT 2007)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2008

img_7987“The Cape Field Artillery is South Africa’s senior artillery regiment. It was founded in 1857, when infantrymen from the then Cape Town Rifles volunteered to replace Royal Garrison Artillery coastal gunners who had been hastily transferred to India. In its early years, the CFA was a double-hatted regiment: mobile field artillery unit whose members also trained on the heavy ordnance in the coastal batteries.

The Cape Field Artillery has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals since then, sometimes far beyond these shores. For generations its gunners have fired salutes to mark the great occasions of Cape Town, and the CFA Saluting Troop with its four immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight, and sound, in the Mother City.

The Saluting Troop also specialises in the provision of artillery sound effects for Tchaikovsky’s famed 1812 Overture, the only piece of classical music which incorporates actual gunfire in its score. The Troop has partnered the South African Army Band Cape Town in the 1812 Overture for many years, an intricate task because the firing is closely synchronised with the music. The Capetonians however never tire of hearing the piece.

The CFA also has an excellent pipe band under Pipe-Major Tony Reis. The band is in great demand and has taken part in all the Cape Town Military Tattoos since 2003.” (CTMT 2008)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2009

mvi_5358-6“The Cape Field Artillery is South Africa’s senior artillery regiment. It was founded in 1857, when infantrymen from the then Cape Town Rifles volunteered to replace Royal Garrison Artillery coastal gunners who had been hastily transferred to India. In its early years, the CFA was a double-hatted regiment: a mobile field artillery unit whose members also trained on the heavy ordnance in the coastal gun-batteries.

The CFA has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals since then, sometimes far beyond these shores. For generations, its gunners have fired salutes to mark the great occasions of Cape Town, and the CFA Saluting Troop with its four immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight – and sound – in the Mother City.

The Saluting Troop also specialises in Tchaikovsky’s famed 1812 Overture, the only piece of classical music which incorporates actual gunfire in its score. The troop has partnered the South African Army Band Cape Town in the 1812 Overture for many years, an intricate task because the firing is closely synchronised with the music, but Capetonians never tire of hearing the piece. The CFA also has an excellent pipe band under Pipe-Major Andrew Imrie, which has taken part in all the Cape Town Military Tattoos since 2003 and is in great demand.” (CTMT 2009)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2010

“The Cape Field Artillery is South Africa’s senior artillery regiment. It was founded in 1857, when infantrymen from the then Cape Town Rifles volunteered to replace Royal Garrison Artillery coastal gunners who had been hastily transferred to India. In its early years, the CFA was a double-hatted regiment – a mobile field artillery unit whose members also trained on the heavy ordnance in the coastal gun batteries.

The CFA has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals since then, sometimes far beyond these shores. For generations, its gunners have fired salutes to mark the great occasions of Cape Town, and the CFA Saluting Troop with its four immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight and sound in the Mother City.

The Saluting Troop also specialises in Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture, the only piece of classical music which incorporates actual gunfire in its score. The troop has partnered the South African Army Band Cape Town in the performing of the 1812 Overture for many years, an intricate task because the firing is closely synchronised with the music, but Capetonians never tire of hearing the piece. The CFA also has an excellent pipe band under Pipe Major Staff Sergeant Andrew Imrie, which has taken part in all the Cape Town Military Tattoos since 2003 and is in great demand.” (CTMT 2010)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2012

“The Cape Field Artillery is South Africa’s senior artillery regiment. It was founded in 1857, when infantrymen from the then Cape Town Rifles volunteered to replace Royal Garrison Artillery coastal gunners who had been hastily transferred to India. In its early years, the CFA was a double-hatted regiment – a mobile field artillery unit whose members also trained on the heavy ordnance in the coastal gun batteries.

The CFA has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals since then, sometimes far beyond these shores. For generations, its gunners have fired salutes to mark the great occasions of Cape Town, and the CFA Saluting Troop with its four immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight – and sound – in the Mother City.

The Saluting Troop also specialises in Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture, the only piece of classical music which incorporates actual gunfire in its score. The troop has partnered the South African Army Band Cape Town in the 1812 for many years, an intricate task because the firing is closely synchronised with the music, but Capetonians never tire of hearing the piece. The CFA also has an excellent pipe band under Pipe Major Andrew Imrie, which has taken part in all the Cape Town Military Tattoos since 2003 and is in great demand.” (CTMT 2012)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2013

“Cape Field Artillery is South Africa’s senior artillery regiment. It was founded in 1857, when infantrymen from the then Cape Town Rifles volunteered to replace Royal Garrison Artillery coastal gunners who had been hastily transferred to India. In its early years, the CFA was a double-hatted regiment – a mobile field artillery unit whose members also trained on the heavy ordnance in the coastal gun batteries. CFA has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals since then, sometimes far beyond these shores. For generations, its gunners have fired salutes to mark Cape Town’s great occasions.

The CFA Saluting Troop with its four immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight – and sound – in the Mother City. The Saluting Troop also specialises in participation in Tchaikovsky’s famed 1812 Overture, the only piece of classical music which incorporates actual gunfire in its score. The troop has partnered the South African Army Band Cape Town in the 1812 for many years, an intricate task because the firing is closely synchronised with the music, but Capetonians never tire of hearing the piece. The CFA also has an excellent pipe band under Pipe Major Staff Sergeant Andrew Imrie, which has taken part in all the Cape Town Military Tattoos since 2003 and is always in great demand. The Pipes and Drums of CFA sport the Royal Stewart Tartan.” (CTMT 2013)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2014

“Cape Field Artillery is South Africa’s senior artillery regiment. It was founded in 1857, when infantrymen from the then Cape Town Rifles volunteered to replace Royal Garrison Artillery coastal gunners who had been hastily transferred to India. In its early years, the CFA was a double-hatted regiment – a mobile field artillery unit whose members also trained on the heavy ordnance in the coastal gun batteries. CFA has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s military annals since then, sometimes far beyond these shores. For generations, its gunners have fired salutes to mark Cape Town’s great occasions.

The CFA Saluting Troop with its four immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight – and sound – in the Mother City. The Saluting Troop also specialises in participation in Tchaikovsky’s famed 1812 Overture, the only piece of classical music which incorporates actual gunfire in its score. The troop has partnered the South African Army Band Cape Town in the 1812 for many years, an intricate task because the firing is closely synchronised with the music, but Capetonians never tire of hearing the piece. The CFA also has an excellent pipe band under Pipe Major Staff Sergeant Andrew Imrie, which has taken part in all the Cape Town Military Tattoos since 2003 and is always in great demand. The Pipes and Drums of CFA sport the Royal Stewart Tartan.” (CTMT 2014)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2015

Cape Field Artillery Saluting Troop

“Cape Field Artillery (CFA) is South Africa’s senior artillery regiment. It was founded in 1857, when infantrymen from the then Cape Town Rifles volunteered to replace Royal Garrison Artillery coastal gunners who had been hastily transferred to India. In its early years, CFA was a double-hatted regiment – a mobile field artillery unit whose members also trained on the heavy ordinance in the coastal gun-batteries.

CFA has rendered yeoman service in virtually every war and campaign in South Africa’s annals since then, sometimes far beyond these shores. For generations, its gunners have fired salutes
to mark Cape Town’s great occasions, as well as in other provinces across South Africa.

The Saluting Troop was privileged to fire two 21-gun salutes at the funeral of the late Nelson Mandela at Qunu in the Eastern Province on 15 December 2013. The first salute was fired when the procession walked to the grave, and the second was fired, as the remains of the first President of a democratic South Africa were laid to rest. In acknowledgement of their  participation, CFA members were presented with a special Mandela Medal.

The CFA Saluting Troop with its four immaculate 25-pounder guns is a familiar sight – and sound – in the Mother City. The Saluting Troop also specialises in participation in Tchaikovsky’s famed  1812 Overture, the only piece of classical music that incorporates actual gunfire in its score. The troop has partnered with the South African Army Band Western Cape in the 1812 Overture for many years – an intricate task, because the firing is closely synchronised with the music, but Capetonians never tire of hearing the piece.” (CTMT 2015)

 

Cape Field Artillery Pipes & Drums

“The band was formed in 1973 when it was decided by then Officer Commanding Colonel Lionel Crook to have a pipe band with the CFA Military Band. The first Pipe Major was Ken Langlands who started work on building the band up to what it is today. They used to perform with the military band at events and soon became a popular attraction in the Cape Province.

While waiting for the then SADF to officiate the forming and give the band official status, the band called themselves the Cape Town Stewarts Pipe Band because they wore the Royal  Stewart Tartan. After Pipe Major Langlands passed away, the reins of the CFA Pipes and Drums were handed over to Pipe Major Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Melvyn Deacon, JCD. WO1 Deacon served as Pipe Major until handing over to Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Tony Reis in 2004. The band’s fourth and current Senior Pipe Major and Bandmaster is SSgt Andrew Imrie who took the band to the next level in 2008.

The band members come from all walks of life – they all have full-time jobs and serve as massed pipes and drums volunteer members of the SANDF Reserves. Certain members of the band are also trained gunners and are often called upon to man the regiment’s 25-pounder guns to fire  21-gun salutes when high-ranking foreign dignitaries visit Parliament. Pipe Major Imrie is also the Fire Control Officer for the firing of CFA’s guns during the renowned rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which is performed annually at the CTMT.

The CFA Pipes and Drums are versatile and can either be found at military parades, leading the flag party up to Parliament or sharing the concert platform with popular bands, such as the SA Navy or SA Army Bands. Many of the band members are multi-instrumentalists and play many  other orchestral instruments as well. The band has toured the UK on more than one occasion and in 2008 performed at the Music of the Night Festival in Plymouth with the likes of the Bands of the Royal Artillery and the Royal Marines. The band is hoping to visit the UK again in 2016 to participate in the Armed Forces Day Parades.” (CTMT 2015)