Roll Call: Rwanda Defence Force Army Band

Programme Notes: CTMT 2010

“The Rwanda Army Band is one of the specialist units in the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and is the main element in the ceremonial section. It is primarily in charge of ceremonial functions in the RDF.

The band was established during the Liberation War in 1992, and its first performance was on 8 March 1992, with only 16 members. After the Liberation War in 1994, the band was re-established with 46 members.

In 2002, Lt Col Lemeul Kayumba was appointed Commanding Officer and introduced intensive band training programs, which included building relationships with foreign bands and Military Music Schools. The RDF Army Band maintained its own training program, but was also assisted by neighbouring countries, such as Uganda and Ghana.

In 2008, the RDF sent the first continent of 20 Military Musicians to attend the South African Military Music Course, presented by the SA Army Band, Cape Town, with the assistance of the University of Stellenbosch. The students do external examinations, which include UNISA theory examinations as well as Trinity/Guildhall College London practical examinations. Many of the students achieved distinctions and appear on the roll of honour for achievements in UNISA examinations.

The RDF Army Band consists of four components: Headquarters and Workshop, Arranging and Harmony, Ceremonial, Jazz and Vocal. They perform throughout the African continent, where members are deployed on peacekeeping missions.

Under the leadership of Lieutenant Leonard Ndayambaje, it will be the first time the band will perform at the Cape Town Military Tattoo.” (CTMT 2010)