Roll Call: SA Army Band Limpopo

Programme Notes: CTMT 2008

img_8057“The South African Army Band Limpopo, at Polokwane, traces its roots back to the first South African Permanent Force Band, which was formed in the 1930s and which was the ancestor of many later Regular military  bands in the various territorial command areas and also the bands of the self-governing states of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei.

The SA Army Band Limpopo came into being when the former Venda Defence Force Band and the Far Northern Transvaal Command Staff Band were amalgamated. The band was involved in many activities, such as ceremonial parades, schools outreach concerts, weddings and inter-departmental music appreciation concerts. In addition to the normal array of military music, its repertoire includes classics, contemporary jazz, Afro-jazz and folk music.

The Director of Music, Captain Benedict Sibande, started his musical career in a Salvation Army band in the Daveyton suburb of Benoni. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Pretoria and is one of only a few South African bandsmen to be selected for further study at the Royal Military School of Music in Britain, where he has studied conducting under some of the world’s most famous conductors. His Assistant Director of Music is Captain Z P O Benjamin, and the Bandmaster is WO1 M P Morukhuladi.” (CTMT 2008)