1980 South Africa Tour

On May 14, 1980 the band gave a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse Theatre. The Master of Ceremonies was Bill Strafford.

PROGRAMME:   Totem Pole, Eric Osterling, I Write The Songs, Trumpets Galore, Paul Yoder, (Trumpeters: Cathy Wilson, John Molnar, Greg Hunka, Andy Edelmeier, Duncan Webster). Tuxedo Junction, Drummin’ Thro’ The Rye, Allegro Vivace, Warren Barker, Soloist: Ken Olson, Die Meistersinger, Richard Wagner, Selections from Chicago 10, Week-end Warriors, Sammy Nestico, Gospel John, Espana, Jay Bacook, Valdres, Johannes Hannssen, Rhapsody, Jim Curnow, Bunch o Bones, Richard Fote, Trombonists: Ivor Palmer, Susanne Filippelli, Brad Muirhead, Patricia Post, Copacabana, Jesters: Stacey Henderson, Christina Ceraldi, Lee Ann Peterson, Corri Kerswell, Crown Imperial, Wlliam Walton, Janta A Jag, Richard Maltby, Lord of the Rings, Leonard Rosenman, Procession of the Nobles, Rimsky-Korsakov

Personnel: Flutes: Arlene Frydenlund, Catherine Bealle, Brenda Baird, Dawn Warwick, Lisa Drab, Elizabeth Buckham, Linda Shepherd, Sandy Vaughan-Thomas   Clarinets: Mike Kenney, Michael Lee, Heather Lyne, Janet Parkinson, Teresa Spencer, Steve Smith, Naomi Redekop, Jean Hummel, Tracey Deverall  Saxophones: David Pierce, Rod Mont, Michelle Newman, Christine Morrison, John Pedosuk, Ian Campbell   Trumpets: Kenneth Olson, Cathy Wilson, Greg Hunka, John Molnar, Andy Edelmeier, Duncan Webster, Linda Cooper, Brendon Prosch, Peter McDonald, Karen Brown, Jonathan Gregory, Tammy Findlay French Horns: Jane Houlden, Heather Berkeley  Trombones: Ivor Palmer, Susanne Filippelli, Brad Muirhead, Arleigh Bell, Tom Brailsford  Majorettes: Stacey Henderson, Christina Ceraldi, Corri Kerswell, Lee Peterson  Flag Corp Coach: Carol Grassi Baritones: Patricia Post, Simon Everett, Roger Rourke, Burke Tanner Basses: Ed Baseley, Trevor Kitchen, Mike Bruce, Steve Willing, Scott Baran Percussion: Larry Olson, Dale Onions, Chris Bjelde, Louis Molnar, Lynn Horne, Peter Barone, Melody Duvenage, Joe Creegan Flags: Mary Wynne, Joldine Lee, Debra Pierce, Tania Davis, Lisa Angus, Cindy Luck, Joan Colley Lorelei Boos

The Durban Military Tattoo

The British Columbia Beefeater Band was officially invited to perform at the 1980 Durban Military Tattoo by the Mayor of Durban. The first Durban Tattoo took place the year before and was patterned after the Edinburgh Tattoo. An 8-man team came from Edinburgh to help assist in preparations the first year. 150,000 people attended the first tattoo. The Beefeater Band was the major draw card and had been recommended to Durban by the Edinburgh committee. Besides performing in Durban the band performed in other locations around South Africa. Official approval to perform at the tattoo was granted by the Canadian External Affairs Department, the British Columbia Government and the British Consul.

The band departed Vancouver on July 1st for New York City where they spent the evening at a Holiday Inn near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey. The following day they spent on a tour of New York City. They visited Times Square, “The Great White Way,” the theatre district of Broadway, the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, the Stock Exchange, Rockefeller Centre, Lincoln Centre, Grants Tomb and made a stop at Battery Park to view the Statue of Liberty. They they went on to Kennedy Airport.


ABOVE:  In New York on the way to South Africa.

They departed on South African Airways Flt 204 the evening of July 2nd bound for Johannesburg. From Johannesburg they caught flight 523 for Durban.  They arrived the evening of July 3rd at Louis Botha Airport in Durban. After a leisurely night at the Four Seasons and a morning of site-seeing they departed by bus for Hluhluwe and the Hluhluwe Holiday Inn. On July 5th they were up early to visit the Hluhluwe Game Reserve as guests of the Natal Parks Board. They performed on the Hluhluwe rugby field for their hosts at 11:00 am.

ABOVE: In the countryside visiting towns. Dale Onions on the right.

At noon they departed for Empangeni. There they met the editor of the Zululand Observer. They had a late lunch and met the mayor and the Zulu King. They put on a short performance on the rugby field before the game. After the game, they were invited to a braai and disco by the City Council. They were billeted in the homes of the local members of Lions, Rotary, Round Table and City Councillors. On July 6th they returned to Durban.

TOP LEFT: The Mayor of Empangeni, councillor Phillip Steenkamp leading King Goodwill Zwelithini and escorts through the ranks of the band and the Josni Battalion.

BOTTOM LEFT: King Goodwill and his queen welcome members of the band.

BOTTOM RIGHT: The four jesters proved popular with the 800 strong audience.

July 7th through July 9th they rehearsed for the Durban Military Tattoo.

and then the TATTOO!

From July 10 through July 19 they performed every evening at the tattoo.


On July 21st they were off to Capetown on South African Airways Flight 603.

From July 24 through 29 they visited Randburg. On July 24th after meeting their hosts they departed for the SABC/TV studios to do some TV recordings. On the 35th they played at a Beerfest before an Oompah Band took over. On the 26th they lead a parade around Randburg City and then they were off to Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. On the 27th they visited a Mine Museum at Crown Mines, Johannesburg. They spent the 28th in Pretoria. On the 29th they went to Johannesburg where they visited the Stock Exchange and the Africana Museum. After a farewell party in the Airports VIP Lounge they boarded the plane for New York. On July 30th they departed New York on Air Canada Flight 825 for Vancouver after an amazing trip to the other side of the world.

ABOVE: Great performance in Ranburg for the celebration of the towns achievement of its authority this month. And the well known Canadian Beefeaters were also there to add to the celebration. The Beefeaters, who later in the afternoon appeared at Loftus Verdfeld (before performing in Ranburg). Here a flag dance is being performed by Stacey Henderson.

ABOVE: A few more photos of South Africa thanks to Carol Grassi


ABOVE: The Olson Family in South Africa: Gordon, Larry, Louisa and Ken.



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