Band News So Far

What a year it has been? Soon we will be surrounded by our loved ones to herald in 2022 and we look back on the year that was.  With all the pandemonium this year we still managed to pick up our drums and warm up our pipes and play for appreciative supporters and events. 2021 has seen us play at a number of retirement villages in Pinelands and Rondebosch, we had many gigs outside Mitchells Scottish Ale House as well as just recently competed at the Battle of the Pipers with the other Reserve Force Pipe Bands. We further had parades at the Castle of Good Hope as well as at Signal Gun in Durbanville. We are very lucky that we get the opportunity to perform to our audiences and make beautiful music.

Nelson Mandela Artillery Marching in Pinelands earlier this year.

We said goodbye to Karen and Gregg Kupczyk as they have immigrated to the UK. Karen joined us a few years ago as a tenor drummer and Karen who was a nurse during her time in Cape Town was the go-to person when some of our band members and families had Covid.

Our Band Officer Major Dalene Coetzee (ret), also left Cape Town and moved to her beloved Outdshoorn. She is definitely missed by us all in the band and it has been lovely to see her on her return trips to Cape Town.

We did many sessions with the boys from the Wynberg Boys High School pipe band at the Castle and at Mitchells in the Waterfront. We have always looked forward to these sessions to see how the boys have progressed over the few months. Just recently we joined them at their music evening at school.

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Wynberg Boys marching with the band.

Which got us thinking…Nelson Mandela Artillery is always looking for new members to join our bagpipe band. If you have an interest in learning to play bagpipes or Drums and want to be a part of an exciting group, please contact us. We have members from all walks of life, and we tutor all aspects of the pipe band. We do have a lot of fun.