School band battle is on

Parklands College

Ten high schools will go head-to-head in the 2019 High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre from today, Thursday March 7, to Friday March 15, from 6pm.

The audience can expect to hear a wide range of music genres and pupils playing instruments including the drums, piano, guitar and saxophone.

The shortlist of schools include Rustenburg Girls’ High, Parklands College, Bergvliet High, Belhar High, Wynberg Girls’ High, Parel Vallei High, Norman Henshilwood High, Bishops, Bridgetown High and Elsies River High. The top three bands will stand a chance to win musical consultation and equipment for their school to the value of R20 000 from Mars Music.

An additional R5 000 V&A Waterfront gift voucher will be awarded to the school that demonstrates they have the best crowd participation and support.

Each school band will be a scored by a panel of industry experts according to three categories. Musicality includes song arrangements, technical proficiency, artistic ability, originality and interpretation. For presentations the judges will look at performance attitude, stage dominance, confidence and rapport. For patronage, schools will need to show they have support, crowd participation, school spirit and enthusiasm.

The finals will be on Friday March 15, at 6pm. All the concerts are free.

Today, Thursday March 7, Rustenburg Girls’ High School will perform from 6pm until 6.30pm, and Parklands College will perform from 6.45pm until 7.15pm.

Tomorrow, Friday March 8, Bergvliet High School will perform from 6pm until 6.30pm, Belhar High School from 6.45pm until 7.15pm, and Wynberg Girls’ High School from 7.30pm until 8pm.

On Wednesday March 13, Parel Vallei High will perform from 6pm until 6.30pm, and Norman Henshilwood High School will perform from 6.45pm until 7.15pm.

On Thursday March 14, Bishops will perform from 6pm until 6.30pm, Bridgetown
High from 6.45pm until 7.15pm and Elsies River High from 7.30pm until 8pm. For more information, visit