Double Big Band billing at the Helderberg Nature Reserve
The ever popular SA Army Band and Caledonian Pipe Band join forces on Sunday 19 February 2012 to delight sunset concert patrons with their big band sound at the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West. The concerts are brought to you by the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve and Fleur du Cap.
Dressed in their traditional McDonald Tartan, the Caledonian Pipe Band will play a variety of standard items, but expect a few numbers you might not have heard before. This band is a regular at various functions – especially those with a Scottish flavour such as Burns Nicht at Kelvin Grove.
The band was the overall winner of the Eastern Gathering in 2009 and also led the procession against women and children violence through the streets of Cape Town.
The Army Band, that can hold its own with any international military band, is also the premier music training institution in the SANDF and has trained numerous musicians from neighbouring African countries. At present they are training members of the SADEC region in military music. Besides Rwanda and Congo, they will be training groups from Botswana this year. The Cape Town Tattoo at the Castle will take place from 31 October 2012 to 3 November 2012. If the 2010 Tattoo is anything to go by, it will be a great spectacle.
Pack a picnic, arrive early and enjoy the sunset and excellent performers. The concert starts at 17:30 and tickets can be bought at the gate. The cost is R40 per adult and R10 for scholars. There is no admission fee for children under the age of five. The proceeds of the concerts are used to support environmental education projects at the Reserve.
The sunset concert series, wraps up the season with Banned in Evolution on 11 March. Be sure not to miss it.