Tyrone with the Praesidium and guest speaker of the 2004 Synod. Rev M October, back left, is a former minister of the Salem Congregation
Francois, 3rd from left, in the navy band
Marlon the orchestral trumpeter and teacher
Theo Joemath and Michael-John October, another former member of the band on his wedding day.
Lester the policeman.

Two of our former members, FREDAVOR MOOS and ERROL MOOS, entered the ministry and became ordained ministers of the MCSA.  In 2004 Rev Errol Moos was elected as a bishop at the Provincial Synod of the MCSA.  To view an article which appeared in Die Huisvriend, the official magazine of the MCSA, click here.

TYRONE HITZEROTH has been serving on the executive of BBSA continuously since 1981.  He is currently chairman of the Eastern Cape Branch of BBSA and chairman of the Evangelical Brass Band Association of Southern Africa.  He has been on seven international visits to Europe, Namibia and the USA, with BBSA, as a player and an adminstrator, four of these as leader of the group.  He formed the Salem Concert Band in 1994, and to date this remains the only wind band in the MCSA.  He composes and arranges music for the bands.  He served as Legal Referee at the Provincial Synods of the MCSA in 2004 and 2008, and is currently a member of the Land Reform Committee of the MCSA.

After completing a business science degree, NICOLENE LOUIS studied in the ministry, and is now actively involved in her church in London where she has settled, after marriage.

In 1996 FRANCOIS KAMINETH became the first member of our band to take up a full-time position as a professional musician when he became a member of the SA Navy Band.  He is currently a trombonist in the SA Police Services Band in Pretoria.

ANTONIO LAWACK is not only a very talented euphonium player but also an accommplished organist.  He has given many organ recitals, and has won many music competitions as an organist.  He has also released an organ CD.  He is currently a music teacher at a local high school, and the choir master at his school.  He is a regular performer in show bands.  He is also an arranger and composer, and some of his arrangements are used by our bands.  His original works are however mainly in the genre of choral music. 

The following article about ALEXANDER HITZEROTH, the school-boy musician, appeared in the Edgars Club Magazine of February 1996. Click here to view.

Alexander fullfilled this promise, and at the age of 15, he was the youngest player of a wind instrument in the National Youth Orchestra in 1997.  In 1999 he visited Russia with the NYO.  He also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, in a concert with ABBA, immediately after writing his final matriculation examination paper in 1999.  He was thereafter offered a full-time position in the orchestra, but on his first day on the job, in January 2000, the members of the orchestra were advised that the orchestra was being disbanded for financial reasons.  He is currently a member of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also played in many shows and musicals throughout South Africa and neigbouring countries including Big Band Blast, My Fair Lady and The Lion King. 

The following article about Alexander Hitzeroth, the professional musician, appeared in the Classic Feel Magazine of December 2005. Click here to view.

The following critque on The Route 98 Big Band concert, featuring Marlon Louis, Brent Jonas and Alexander Hitzeroth, appeared in the Evening Post on 27 November 1998.  Click here to view.

MARLON LOUIS is currently a music teacher at a local high school, where he is the band master of the school band.  He is also a sought-after freelance musician, and is used widely as a trumpeter and musical director of various shows.  He has also won a Herald Showtime Award for his musical direction of  The Herald's 2007 Showtime revue.  Click here to view an article on him which appeared in The Herald in January 2007.  In addition to his work in the field of music, he is also involved in various school sports, and accompanied his school on a European hockey tour as an umpire in 2006.

THEO JOEMATH is currently a principal trumpeter in the SA Navy Band.

LESTER JONAS is currently a bass trombonist and captain in the SA Police Services Band in Kimberley.

STUART ADAMS who spent a year with the band in 2001, is now a trombonist with the SA Airforce Band.

After completing his studies in music in London, BRENT JONAS is now a performing arts officer in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality.

In 2002 JUSTIN KAMINETH and LEE CAIRNCROSS played in the National Schools Big Band.  Justin has performed with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic on occasions, and is still very active as a jazz muscian.  He holds a degree in Sport Psychology, and a teachers' diploma at NMMU.  He is also active as a sports coach at school level.

ANTONIO LOTTERING graduated with a B.Mus degree at NMMU in 2011. He visited Germany as a Fench Hornist with the National Youth Orchestra in 2006, whilst still at school.  He has performed with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra on a number of occasions, and regularly plays in show bands.    He has also started his own jazzy/pop group that performs on a regular basis.  He has already arranged many pieces for the bands.  He is an accomplished pianist, and was the assistant organist at our church until he took up a teaching post at a school in Johannesburg, where he also hopes to gain further orchestral experience.. 

SHANI JOHNSON became the latest member to "turn professional" when she became a clarinetist in the SA Police Services Band in Pretoria.

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