It seems that the level of performance and the standards our boys are capable of, are raised every year, and the incorporation of our state-of-thear t sound and lighting systems create a wor thy platform for our boys to perform at their best. Highlights this year included: • The top House Choir, Finningley, performing a convincing medley of South African songs. • Emil Loubser (Sheffield) performing a piano solo – his own composition – to a spontaneous standing ovation.The solo category was won by Jabulani Nyathi (Finningley) with his stylistic and controlled rendition of O del mio dolce Ardor by Gluck. • The winners in the duet category were Nduduzo Mkhize and Jonathan Johansen (Sheffield) with their own, creative mash-up of songs by Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and London Grammar. • Sheffield clinched the title in the band category with their rendition of Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi. The panel of seven jury members were impressed with the performances of all boys taking par t. The Music depar tment is cer tainly proud to see what our students are able to achieve all on their own. Bernard Krüger Inter house music The annual music competition is a popular night of entertainment, with our four houses battling it out on stage for musical superiority. MARIMBA BAND Front row: K Sibande, N Mkhize, T Molema, Mr B Krüger, J Nyathi, M Nkunzi This year the band was joined by many grade 10 and 11 Drakensberg Boys’ Choir members, who have much experience in making quality music and added ‘spice’ to our weekly practices. We opened the year with an exhilarating performance at the open weekend, where the boys got the crowd on their feet with a pumping rendition of club favourites Animals and Tsunami. The band is also a regular feature at the termly Music@Kearsney concer ts and they did not disappoint, this time adding a dance version of All of Me by John Legend to their hit list. Speech day is another of the band’s showcases where they assist the orchestra with accompaniment and also enter tain the guests in the tent with their own reper toire. The year culminated in a combined performance with the choir at the annual carol service. The marimba band is a wonderful enrichment to our Music depar tment and I trust we will only go from strength to strength. Junine Krüger ‘Stix’ Marimba Band The marimba band continues to grow and is now in its fifth year. 98 With grateful thanks to DR. BILL NORTJE (Ophthalmic Surgeon) Westville Hospital Tel: 031 2650967/8 Hillcrest Hospital Tel: 031 7688154