The V&A Waterfront will be hosting the annual High School Band Slam competition throughout February. In conjunction with Marshall Music and Coca-Cola, twelve high school bands from around the Peninsula have been selected to perform at the outdoor Amphitheatre every Friday in February.
The overall winner will be announced on March 7.
Music fans can kick-start their weekend with the lyrical sounds of drums, piano, guitar and saxophone as the Amphitheatre at the water’s edge comes alive with harmonious music. Performances start from 6pm every Friday evening.
Coca-Cola will be giving supporters the opportunity to win spot prizes.
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.
On Friday, March 7, the finale will be judged by a panel of industry experts, which include Dr Andrew Lilley, Gavin Minter and Major Vernon Michels. Lilley graduated from the Berklee College of Music where he studied with recording artist Enya and renowned pianist Ray Santisi. 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. Michels is the Director of Music for the South African Army Band.
In addition to the overall grand prize Coca-Cola will also be sponsoring the School Spirit Award. The school that best supports their band by displaying the most spirit throughout the competition will be awarded this prize. The Coca-Cola gig rig which comes equipped with full sound and lighting gear will host a fun and interactive event at a school function of their choice.
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.
Souci High will be up first on February 7 at 6pm, followed by St. Josephs Marist College at 6.40pm, and finally Bergvliet High at 7.20pm.
On Friday, February 14, audiences can look forward to the sounds of Wynberg Boys High at 6pm, with Milnerton High to follow at 6.40pm. SACS will conclude the evening at 7:20pm.
* For more information and for the full line-up, visit www.waterfront.co.za.