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Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

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SECTION: Music for Sustainable Community Development COUNTRY: South Africa PROJECT: DEVELOPING LIFE SKILLS IN YOUTH THROUGH MUSIC FOR ERADICATING POVERTY AND PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT: FIELD BAND FOUNDATION DESCRIPTION: Based on the view that arts play a role in social inclusion and development for young people in South Africa, the Field Band Foundation (FBF) has identified its mission as: ―Creating opportunities for developing life skills in youth through the medium of music and dance.‖ The Field Band concept is built on the global youth activity known otherwise as show bands, or drum and bugle corps. This discipline was chosen because of the long history of brass music in South African communities and its allowance for large group participation. However, comprehensive HIV/Aids education is at the centre of the life skills programme. The discipline and focus that young people learn provide essential life skills, which will serve them well in any path they may take when they grow up. The Field Band Foundation brings this opportunity to all those young people who through poverty still suffer from the injustices of the past: those who need it the most. Field Band Foundation members from areas across South Africa work together at performances, workshops and competitions. This interaction helps build the nation as they learn understanding and respect for other cultures. Exchange programmes with Norway, Flanders, and the USA also provide opportunities to meet people from other countries, learn new skills and broaden perspectives. The FBF was given the honour of playing a part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup celebrations. The FBF performed in the 100 and 50-day countdown celebrations and provided training for about 370 of their members to participate in the prestigious opening event. Another 60 Field Band members were also given the responsibility of leading performers from the rehearsal area to the stadium at the start of the proceedings on 11 June 2010. They also performed at the World Cup closing ceremony. This association with the 2010 FIFA World Cup will undoubtedly boost the confidence of these young men and women, forming a cherished memory never to be forgotten. CURRENT STATUS: Each of the current 17 projects, spread across the country, have a minimum of 125 youths actively involved. The goal is to involve 6,000 youths by 2012. The FBF is fortunate to have a productive and close relationship with the Norwegian Band Foundation, whose steady commitment over the years has had a massive positive impact contributing to the overall growth of the organization and greatly enriching the experience and lives of the children. This association allows the FBF to undergo continuous external evaluation, helping in providing a constant challenge for us and a standard to live up to. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.fieldband.org.za/ http://www.musikkorps.no Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjhUxwlmIng http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrsYLAuJ37A&feature=related 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s0ZKBG0Bjs CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: Field Band Foundation Phone: +27 31 564 2913 cell: +27 83 775 4348, Fax: +27 86 66 20345 Contact Person: Retha Cilliers, Chief Executive Officer Email: ceo@fieldband.org.za 5

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