<div class="ExternalClass1419D810837448AB9E5001A98C676FB3"><p>​</p><div class="ExternalClass7229F2416A5F44CF9E9F08D609BAE9D2"><p>Get ready to swing as big bands get you in the mood to get up and dance! The V&A Waterfront brings you the annual High School Band Slam competition. In conjunction with Marshall Music and Coca-Cola, twelve high school bands from around the Peninsula have been selected to perform in February at the V&A Waterfront outdoor Amphitheatre. An overall winner will be announced on 7 March.</p><p>Start off your weekend with the sounds of drums, piano, guitar and saxophone as the Amphitheatre at the water's edge comes alive with harmonious music!  Bands perform every Friday evening, from 6pm.  Whether you are still a school student or not – come down to support local talent at its best. What's more – Coca-Cola will giving supporters the opportunity to win great spot prizes.</p><p>Competition is likely to be fierce, with the winning school receiving a musical consultation and installation to the value of R20 000 from Marshall Music. Industry professionals will visit the winning school to assess, recommend and then install the latest in music technology in the school's music department. The bands will be judged by a panel of industry experts on musicality, presentation and patronage. </p><p>On Friday 7 March, the finale will be judged by a panel of industry experts which include Dr Andrew Lilley, Gavin Minter and Major Vernon Michels. Dr Andrew Lilley graduated from the Berklee College of Music where he studied with recording artist Enya and renowned pianist Ray Santisi. Gavin Minter has performed all over the world with bands and artists including the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Fourie, The Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, Arno Carstens, Judith Sephuma and Stevie Wonder.  Major Vernon Michels is the Director of Music for the South African Army Band.</p><p>Coca-Cola will also sponsor the School Spirit Award.  Named the Coca-Cola gig rig, this fun and interactive activation will take place at the winning school's chosen event – which includes sound and lighting equipment. If you want your favourite school to receive this prize, all you have to do is come on down to the Amphitheatre and show your support.</p><p><strong>The full line up is as follows:</strong></p><p><strong>San Souci High</strong><br>Date: 7th February 2014<br>Time: 6pm <br>Sans Souci's Jazz Band, the "Jazz Cats", was founded in 2000 by Graham Coote. The band has been fortunate enough to perform in many prestigious venues in and around Cape Town. In 2011, the band placed second in the High School Jam Competition, held at the Grand West Main Arena.  The Jazz Cats have also been invited to perform at the Mount Nelson for the UNISA Alumnae Women's Day Breakfast, as well as at St. George's Cathedral, for the Fikelela Aids Charity Performance.  Since 2012, the Jazz Cats have been led by Stigue Nel, while audiences are always captivated by their enthusiasm and musical performances.<br>  <br><strong>St. Josephs Marist College</strong><br>Date: 7th February 2014<br>Time: 6:40pm<br>St Joseph's Marist College Jazz band began in 2007 and has grown from strength to strength.<br>With a repertoire ranging from jazz standards to more contemporary pieces, the band boasts a versatile group of musicians. The band shared the stage in 2009 with nationally acclaimed group, Coda and has since entertained the Rondebosch community with their 'cheerful and eager sounds'.<br>The Band has performed on SABC 2's Hectic Nine-9 television programme, and has had the opportunity to receive master classes from Cape Town jazz pioneer Professor Mike Rossi. The band has since been led by the skills of Ms Kelly Bell.</p><p><strong>Bergvliet High</strong><br>Date: Friday 7th February 2014<br>Time: 7:20pm<br>The Bergvliet High School band was first established in 2011 when a group of students with the help and support of Miss Veotte were asked to perform for Good Hope FM radio. The band has now performed at various venues and events around Cape Town. </p><p><strong>Wynberg Boys High</strong><br>Date: Friday 14th February 2014<br>Time: 6pm<br>The Wynberg Big Band led by Blake Hellaby is an 18 piece band which performs classic jazz as well as modern funk and pop. The band has had many successful performances starting with The Night of the Stars which was the first concert under Blake's conductorship, as well as the Ensemble (a smaller band comprising of the more advanced jazz students). The band went on to have a successful performance at the Baxter Theatre participating in the annual Baxter Big Band Jazz Festival. The ensemble and big band then went to perform at The Grand West Backstage Pass where they were awarded 2 prizes, one for best rhythm and the other for the best overall band. </p><p><strong>Milnerton High</strong><br>Date: Friday 14th February 2014<br>Time: 6:40pm<br>The Milnerton High Band started in 2012. The initiative was taken by drummer, Keanu de Freitas, bassist Dylan Fourie and Patrik Patterson on guitar. In 2013, Jesse Daniels on keyboard, Emily Chiu on flute and Robert Marlor on saxophone joined the band to perform at Grand West. These six members formed the backing band for the High School Jam which Milnerton High won in 2013.</p><p><strong>SACS</strong><br>Date: Friday 14th February 2014<br>Time: 7:20pm<br>The SACS Big Band has been under the directorship of John Walton since 2005 and has developed into an ensemble that loves to perform regularly.  The band also attends the National Jazz Festival in Grahamstown every year. They have received master classes from both local and internationally renowned artists and are always striving to provide the best entertainment.  In 2012, they were selected to perform at the inaugural Gauteng Big Band Festival in 2012, and were the only band outside of Gauteng to receive this honour.</p><p><strong>Somerset College </strong><br>Date: Friday 21st February 2014<br>Time: 6:30pm <br>Somerset College Jazz Band is a nine year old band started by Simon Chapman. The band performs various styles of jazz which includes some pop. <br><br><strong>Heathfield High</strong><br>Date: Friday 21st February 2014<br>Time: 7:10pm<br>Heathfield's School band has been performing at the Cape Town Big band festival since 2007 and has had the privilege of performing on the Expresso Show in 2012 and 2013. The Music Department's highlights include travelling to the Bonyi International Youth Music Festival in 2007 and to the Tutti World Youth Music Festival in Beijing, China in 2011. The Ensemble taking part in the Bandslam competition includes members from the school's senior and junior Bands.<br><br><strong>Wynberg Girls' High</strong><br>Date: Friday 21st February 2014<br>Time: 7:50pm<br>The Wynberg Girls' High Big Band was started in 2009 under the direction of Basil Raad and Adam Coolsaet. They have performed at the Baxter Theatre, the Kenilworth Race Course, the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre and the Grand Arena at Grand West Casino. The band also regularly performs at school functions and assemblies. The band plays a mix of swing, rock, funk and Latin jazz and features different vocalists from the music department. </p><p><strong>Westerford High</strong><br>Date: Friday 28th February 2014<br>Time: 6pm<br>Venue: The V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre<br>The Westerford Big Band has been under the management of Marike Schoonwinkel since 2009, and have made a name for themselves in and around Cape Town. The Band has performed numerous times at the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival and at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival. The Band has been a platform for talented jazz musicians at Westerford, many of whom have gone on to further their studies both locally and internationally.</p><p><strong>Rustenburg High</strong><br>Date: Friday 28th February 2014<br>Time: 6:40pm<br>The Rustenburg Girls' High School Jazz Band was founded in 2001 by Rosemary Davis who nurtured its development into a fully-fledged ensemble with a versatile Jazz Combo running alongside.  Since Rosemary Davis' retirement in 2010, Robyn Jepson has continued to develop the performing skills of the Band through exposure to public performances and master classes from prominent jazz musicians, including Dr Mike Rossi, Gordon Vernick, Nicky Schrire, Lwanda Gogwana and Siya Charles.   She has also expanded the saxophone section by adding the baritone saxophone.  The band appears annually at the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival and at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown.  Last year, the band was invited to perform at the Expresso Breakfast show on SABC 3.</p><p><strong>Settlers High</strong><br>Date: Friday 28th February 2014<br>Time: 7:20pm<br>Settlers High's repertoire ranges from well-known jazz standards, to local and international jazz and pop covers. The band is involved in at school events which include The Music Evening, The Fairmont Contact Cultural Evening and the Junior and Senior Prize-Giving ceremonies. ​</p></div></div>2014-01-29T22:00:00Z



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