Roll Call: SA Military Health Services

Programme Notes: CTMT 2009

mvi_5358-4“The SAMHS Pipe Band was formed in 1987 at the express wish of the Surgeon General, Lieutenant General Nieuwoudt. Since its inception, the Pipes and Drums have become a unique and valuable asset within the SAMHS, adding a colourful presentation, along with its blend of stirring music to whatever occasion they are asked to perform.

Members of the Band are often invited to perform as soloists, supply background music and add traditional British-Scottish flavour to gala evenings and formal dinners, held at SAMHS and other SANDF units all over the country.

The band has toured extensively throughout South Africa in their official capacity at various military parades and ceremonies as well as performances at many civilian events. Success was obtained in the competition field, where the band obtained top honours, as well as top solo awards. Several members have performed at international events such as the Royal Tribute to HRH the Queen Mother, the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2000 and 2002, plus the Remembrance Day 2002 Beijing, Republic of China.” (CTMT 2009)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2012

Note: Although the SAMHS Band participated in 2012, there was no separate entry in the programme notes.

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2013

“The South African Military Health Services Band (SAMHS) was formed in the late 1960 as a National Service Band under the late WO1 ‘Stoney’ Steenkamp. From early 1980, permanent
members were recruited and national servicemen were offered permanent posts.

The SAMHS Pipes and Drums was formed in 1987 at the express wish of the Surgeon General, Lieutenant General N J Niewoudt. Since its inception, the Pipes and Drums has become a unique and valuable asset within the SAMHS. The Band has performed all over South Africa at many prestigious State events, countless parades as well as other military and civilian ceremonies.

The present Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Colonel G H Seekola, Senior Director of Music, has been with the Band for five years. During this time, the Band has gone from strength to strength and has made a name for itself in South Africa. The Band is often used by the President’s Office for various State functions. Several members have performed at international events such as the Royal Tribute to HRH the Queen Mother, the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo and Remembrance
Day in Beijing, Republic of China. The Band is now preparing to meet invitations received from overseas.

Their repertoire tonight includes the piece “Shaka Zulu” arranged by Lieutenant Colonel Seekola.” (CTMT 2013)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2014

“The South African Military Health Services Band (SAMHS) was formed in the late 1960 as a National Service Band under the late WO1 ‘Stoney’ Steenkamp. From early 1980, permanent
members were recruited and national servicemen were offered permanent posts.

The SAMHS Pipes and Drums was formed in 1987 at the express wish of the Surgeon General, Lieutenant General N J Niewoudt. Since their inception, the Pipes and Drums has become a unique and valuable asset within the SAMHS. The Band has performed all over South Africa at many prestigious events. The Band is currently the preferred band of the State President’s Office and the Chief of the SANDF. For the third year in succession the Band will perform at the highly prestigious Awarding of Orders by the State President.

The SAMHS Band has participated in countless parades as well as other military and civilian ceremonies. In addition, the Band takes part in prestige concerts all over the country, as well as entertaining schools and other outreach programs.

Since the present Senior Director of Music, Lieutenant Colonel G H Seekola, became the Officer Commanding the Band in September 2009, the Band has gone from strength to strength and can proudly take its place as a leader in the military bands community of South Africa.” (CTMT 2014)

 

Programme Notes: CTMT 2015

“The South African Military Health Service Band (SAMHS) was formed in the late 1960s as a  National Service Military Band under the leadership of the late WO1 ‘Stoney’ Steenkamp. From early 1980, permanent members were recruited from other military bands, and national servicemen were offered permanent posts.

The SAMHS Pipes and Drums was formed in 1987 at the express wish of the Surgeon General, Lieutenant General NJ Niewoudt. Since their inception, the Pipes and Drums have become a unique and valuable asset to the SAMHS Band.

The band has performed all over South Africa at many important events, and is currently the preferred band of the State President’s Office and the Chief of the SANDF. For the fourth year in succession, the band will perform at the highly prestigious Awarding of Orders by the State President. The SAMHS Band has participated in countless parades, as well as in other military and civilian ceremonies. The band also takes part in prominent concerts all over the country, as well as providing entertainment at schools and engaging in other outreach programs. This will be the fourth year that the band performs at the Cape Town Military Tattoo.

Since the present Senior Director of Music, Lieutenant Colonel GH Seekola, became the Officer Commanding of the band in September 2009, the band has gone from strength to strength, and it can proudly take its place as a leader in the military bands community of South Africa.” (CTMT 2015)