The Cape Field Artillery Pipes and Drums (CFA) historically dates back to 1952. The band leadership is under its 5th Pipe-Major, Grant Scheffel, who is taking the band into its next dimension. The band competes regularly against the other pipe band in South Africa and recently achieved a 3rd place in the Wynberg Competition. Our members play in various competitions and international events like the Basil Tattoo in Switzerland and the Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland.
The band has had a prestigious place within the Defence Force and has shared the parade grounds and concert platforms with the likes of the internationally acclaimed SA Navy Band and frequently appear with the SA Army Band Cape Town. The band is the only Pipe band in South Africa to lead the opening flag procession every year for the opening of Parliament in Cape Town and is the ceremonial band for the Army.
Many of the CFA Pipes and Drums musicians are multi-instrumentalists and enjoy creating all sorts of new facets to their Afro-Celtic sounds. Whether on the concert platform or on the parade fields, Cape Field Artillery Pipes and Drums is proud to be there.
We actively tutor new members on bagpipes and drums and currently have 7 learner musicians ranging from 12 years old to 40 years old under tuition. The band does this at no cost to the learners.
Over the past few years, we have seen a drastic reduction in funding made available to the band by the South African National Defence Force which may see the Band lose its funding completely thus making it more and more difficult to continue our current growth and development. This funding, we have come to rely on for the purchase of uniforms, equipment, as well as travel expenses to the various gatherings held around the country. The band has been using the SANDF allowances along with the money it raises privately to fund the purchasing of equipment and uniforms. We have planned for this eventuality and have worked actively to gain sponsorships.
It is our hope, that in the near future, we look abroad to attend an international Tattoo, with international exposure not only for ourselves but for our valued Sponsors as well. We are closely associated with the Cape Town Caledonian Society and one of our pipers is their Honorary Piper and plays at their events.
It is thus that we are reaching out to the Private Sector, in the hopes that we will be able to secure the continuation of the Pipe Band through private funding or items that may assist us.
Should you wish to become a participating Sponsor, we would like to offer you the following benefits that are available to sponsors in the various categories and depending on the availability:
- Your name on our Jackets, worn at all events
- Your Logo as a Sponsor on our official webpage
- Mention at all events as an Official Sponsor of the Cape Field Artillery Pipes and Drums
- Availability of the Band to play at Corporate Events at no cost
- Provision of Free tickets for the concerts performed around Cape Town by the band and with other Bands (At least 3 concerts a year)
We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon. We need to continue this proud tradition in Cape Town and South Africa and without your help we would be unable to pursue this amazing hobby and history in South Africa. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.
I can be contacted below by email or my cell number with any queries.
Yours in Bagpipes
Pipe Major Cape Field Artillery Pipes and Drums
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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