Yale Concert Band Travels to South Africa

Snapshots from the May 2011 Tour

All photos courtesy of Yale College Dean of Student Affairs Marichal Gentry

Yale Concert Band members in front of the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa.

Band members took in a safari.


The band participates in a lesson on the djembe, a traditional hand drum.


Yale Bands Music Director Thomas Duffy follows along. 


Band members with their djembe instructors.


Antoinette Pieterson speaks to students at the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum, named in honor of her brother, who was killed at age 13 in the Soweto uprising during apartheid.  


Duffy leads a master class for the North-West University Wind Ensemble.


After one of their performances, Yale Concert Band members play alongside students from the host university.


Yale students engage in a lively discussion with students from the University of Pretoria.


At Freedom Park Museum, the band members reflect during a moment of silence.


Duffy (above) prepares the band for their performance at the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland (below).


Young children enjoy the music at the Bushfire Festival.


Some of the Yale students rose early for a sunrise hike in the Mlilwane game reserve in Swaziland.


After a long day, the band enjoys a feast of braai (the Afrikaans term for barbecue), which included grilled impala meat.


While in Swaziland, the band was treated to a traditional dance performance.


Duffy presents the community leader of the Kaapse Klopse, an annual festival, with a Yale book.


Kaapse Klopse troupe members.


Yalies play with members of the Kaapse Klopse troupe.


The Yale group and festival troupe members became fast friends.


Former Freshman Counselor Ngozi Joel Nezianya ’09 (left) is a teacher at the

African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg.  At one of the Yale ensemble’s

performances, he was reunited with one of his counselees, Yale Concert Band

President Jared Bard ’12, who in turn will serve as a Freshman Counselor

beginning this fall.


Students spent a day working on a community service project at the Niall Mellon Housing Initiative.


In a trip to Boulders Beach, the band got up close and personal with African penguins.


Yale students on top of Table Mountain.


The group assembles at the Cape of Good Hope.


This feature was photographed by W. Marichal Gentry, associate dean of Yale College and dean of student affairs, who accompanied the Yale Concert Band on its recent tour of South Africa. One of Dean Gentry’s life principles is: “Create or produce something artistically at least one time per year and present it to a friend or a group of people.  Develop the habit of exercising the right side of your brain.”  Dean Gentry often uses photography and video as a way of preserving, in perpetuity, special moments.

Published on June 28, 2011

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