Bay marching drill round produces fireworks

HUNDREDS of spectators were entertained by 28 schools during the Nelson Mandela Bay Marching Drill Round which was held at Gelvandale Stadium on Saturday.

The colourful scene, the beat of the drums and the fascinating demonstrations kept the spectators on their feet all day.

Members of SANDF, SAPS and the Gelvandale, Lentegeur and Mitchell’s Plain Community Policing Forums (CPFs) ensured that security was very tight.

Members of the army and the police force also served as the judges, who had a mammoth task as most schools performed excellently.

The participating primary schools from Nelson Mandela Bay were Helenvale, Lamani, Charles Duna, Alpha, WB Tshume, Melisizwe, Kama, Mboniselo, Khulile, Nxanelwimfundo, Samuel Nongogo and Elufefeni.

The Western Cape primary schools were Harvester and Liesbeeck.

The local high schools were Cowan, Woolhope, Kwazakhele, Gelvandale, Motherwell, Douglas Mbopa, Chapman, Ethembeni, Newell, Masiphathisane and Ndzondelelo, with Elsie’s River, The Crags and Spine Road representing the Western Cape.

Though the Western Cape schools were outstanding throughout the competition, Chapman High School stole the show.

The categories that the schools participated in were best dressed school, grand march past, drum major exhibition, best marching, best drummers, highest points and a floating trophy. The outstanding schools were awarded in the following categories:

  • Primary schools:

Best Dressed School: Harvester, Liesbeeck and Lamani

Exhibition: Harvester, Alpha and Khulile

Drum Major: Harvester, Mboniselo and Liesbeeck

Highest Points: Harvester, Liesbeeck, Alpha and Nxanelwimfundo

  • High schools:

Best Dressed: Chapman, The Crags and Spine Road

Best Marching School: Elsie’s River, The Crags and Chapman

Drum Major: Chapman, The Crags and Gelvandale

Exhibition: Chapman, The Crags and Spine Road

Best Drummers: Chapman, Spine Road and Cowan

Highest Points: Chapman, The Crags, Spine Road and Gelvandale.

Floating Trophy: Chapman