Greetings from PULSE South Participants.

Last week Friday, you met the  new North participants. This week you are introduced to the new South participants. We have been in Norway for a month currently and we are enjoying our stay so far.

Upon our arrival we collaborated with the PULSE South participants team which was preparing to head back home to South Africa. Together we had a successful performance at Tusenfryd in Oslo. We are looking forward to a wonderful, fun filled year and many information sharing sessions.

New PULSE South participants


From left: Jacob Jabu Mhlapeng, Khayalethu Sibusiso Benela, Tebogo Franqo Ntshole and Nomkhosi Theodora Mnisi.

           New PULSE South participants profile

              Jacob J MhlapengIMG_5865

Skills: Euphonium player, music tutor, Facilitator, Event safety managing, Planning and organizing.

Experience: Organizing events, performing with street theater cast named Giant Match. Joined the Field Band Foundation in 1997. Participated in an exchange called Band Crossing Borders in 2006/2007. Currently a programs officer for Field Band Foundation.

Fun fact: likes playing Play Station gaming console and travelling.

“I am passionate about information sharing, learning new life hacks and tricks. I like leaving a footprint wherever I go and a legacy for the upcoming generation.”


Khayalethu S Benela  IMG_5835

Skills: Trumpet player, Arranging, Tutoring, composer

Experience: Playing with South African Orchestra, Managing and coordinating Blouberg Field Band foundation and a programs officer at the City of Johannesburg Field Band Foundation.

Fun fact: Can play 2 trumpets at the same time in tune.

“I am a passionate trumpeter who likes taking action rather than talking”


Franqo T Ntshole IMG_5880

Skills: Trumpet player, composer , arranger and brass tutor

Experience: Music performance with different brass bands, jazz bands and South African National Youth Junior Orchestra. I’ve been with the Field Band Foundation as a member for 15 years and a brass tutor for 2 years.

Fun Facts: ADRENALIN JUNKY! Loves extreme sports especially sky diving but never tried it.

“I want others to be  inspired by me”


Nomkhosi T Mnisi IMG_5844

Skills: Steel drum player, arranging and facilitating.

Experience:  Joined the Field Band Foundation in 2000. Facilitator at Field Academy, administrator at Field Band Education, Steel drum and Marimba tutor.

Fun fact: Can’t sing to save her life

“I am a critical thinker, problem solver who likes working with kids and making a difference”



On the 07/10/2019 to 09/10/2019  we will be at Skein doing a seminar helping to start a band in an adult learning center.


Pictures: Monica Johansen.

Written: Jacob Mhlapeng

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Hello from PULSE 7!

Hello all!

We are very happy to present to you the new PULSE North Participant team!
PULSE 7 has now been in Johannesburg for about a month which has been a very exciting time. The month has been spent with transfer of knowledge sessions between PULSE 6 and PULSE 7, in addition to experiencing Educational Band Visits to Alexandra, Soweto, Musina and Blouberg.
The team is now ready to take over the great work done by PULSE 6 and everyone is ready for new adventures and experiences here in South Africa!
Here is an introduction of the new team:
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From left: Klara, Maja, Annika, Madeleine, Lisa, Anja


Experience: Trumpet Performer and Music Educator
“What I am most excited about with PULSE is to meet new people, watch and learn from others in addition to using my knowledge to develop the PULSE project a step further.”
Fun Fact: Loves extreme sports and adrenalin!


Experience: Music Lecturer with Percussion as main instrument
“I am excited to experience new people and different cultures!”
Fun Fact: Youtube Queen!


Experience: Social Worker, focusing on youth living with physical and mental disabilities.
Piano Player
“I am excited to get to know Field Band Foundation better, and work with the relation between music and health. I also look forward to meet new people and experience South Africa! “
Fun Fact: Loves cats, stockfish and the northern lights!


Experience: Music Educator with Clarinet as main instrument
“I am excited to get to know a different culture, and to learn a lot from it. It will also be great to meet new people and to work for an organization that contributes to the wellbeing of youth in South Africa.
Fun Fact: Spent every summer sailing from early age up until 22 years old. Loves being out on the sea!!


Experience: Composer for Film and Multimedia and Clarinetist
“Since I am a returning PULSE participant, I am very excited to be able to follow up the work that we started last year and continue the journey. It has been great to meet so many amazing people here in Field Band Foundation and I am looking forward to get to know more! “
Fun Fact: Black belt in Tae Kwon-Do (I promise you its true…)


Experience: Conductor and Flute player

Fun Fact: Loves Dancing and Bikram Yoga

The next weeks will be very busy and fun for PULSE as there will be Educational Band Visits happening in Stellenbosch, Plettenberg Bay, Viljoenskroon, Sterkstroom and Kuruman! PULSE can’t wait to travel and see more of South Africa.
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Dirigentuka (The Conductors week)

The conductor’s week known as the Dirigentuka in Norwegian, is one of the largest and most popular conducting courses in Norway.  The course host over 100 participants and a teaching staff of 15 -20 acclaimed conductors and educators and Its available for international participants.  The course is aimed at a broad spectrum of conductors in both brass band and wind band conductors. The participants selection from beginners, intermediate to experienced professionals. The conductor’s week is a collaboration between the Norwegian Band Federation and the University of Stavanger’s Department of music and dance.


The Pulse Team have been invited to attend and take part in this reputable course in Stavanger   and will be attending all sessions during the course from the 05 until 09 August 2019.  During that week, they will also have a seminar with the conductors where they will talk about Pulse activities, music and activity library.


The team is currently preparing themselves with music to practice the conducting and have attended a three days training program in Oslo, facilitated by Jon Frode Berg who is a former Bands Crossing Boarders 2005 and 2006 participant. He is a percussion player and has a background both as a professional musician and as a conductor. He has also participated in Dirigentuka. The aim of the three-day training program is to focus on reading and understanding the score and conducting techniques. This course will be helpful to the team as it is an opportunity that will help upskill ourselves, when it comes to conducting and some of the knowledge will be helpful to use and share with Field Band Foundation in South Africa.

Written by: Bongani Goliath

Pictures: NMF Page & Eva

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Music and Movement Workshop Vlog



Even though the exchange time is coming to an end soon, PULSE is busier than ever!

The Music and Movement Workshop ended last Monday with an excellent and professional In-House Concert where groups from the different sessions performed what they had learned throughout the week. The workshop lasted for 7 days without any days off, so seeing the dedication and high energy from every participant was truly inspiring. For PULSE, this workshop was a big highlight of the exchange in South Africa.
During the workshop, despite working hard throughout the days, PULSE and FBE arranged a big talent show; Field Band X Factor! After seeing the different numbers performed, PULSE can safely say that Field Band is driven by extremely talented staff! PULSE got to witness everything from different musical numbers to dance and poetry. Well done!
Writing about this workshop does not justify being there and experiencing it. Therefore, please enjoy a video from the week!
Written by: Madeleine
Videos by: Madeleine & Lise
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The Independent Living Festival

The independent Living festival’ is Norway’s largest celebration of the fight for justice, equality and freedom for the disable. The PULSE team in Norway was formally invited to lead the parade and perform as guest artists during the celebration.It is a big achievement for our project to be involved in celebrating achievements for people who leaving with disabilities. As a music and health project this is one of the relationships and projects we wish to keep forever. One of our goals is to empower people living with disabilities, to make them feel proud, strong, equal and to be visible citizens in their countriesuloba 1

In a little space of time that our team has spent with Uloba and other projects in the celebration, our PULSE team feel so inspired by seeing how they manage to raise disability awareness to the Public. To educate and give information to the public about disability awareness is one of our biggest goals in the PULSE curriculum. As it is almost the end of our 2018/2019 exchange program for team in Norway and South Africa we hope this information will be implemented in our bands and communities to better the environments about disability awareness.uloba pic

It was so impressive to see one of the politicians taking part in the parade singing and dancing along with PULSE team, Trine Skei Grande who is a minister of Culture and Equality in Norway and. We have really enjoy playing  South African music and dancing, the parade was long but due to the mood it felt so short. If the was any chance for us to do this we were definitely going to do it.

Written by Chief Zwane

Photos by Tshepang Moyo



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National Music & Movement Workshop

It is finally happening!


PULSE and Education is currently hosting the national Music and Movement workshop, everyone is working hard and having a great time. Even though the days are long, the energy is on top throughout the days and there is some wonderful creativity and musicianship going on.


For this workshop, PULSE and Education has invited one Band Coordinator/Senior Tutor and one dance tutor from each band and our focus for this workshop is to improve the music and dance skills. Each day consists of classes such as music theory, dance techniques, arranging, choreography, ensemble, sectionals and full band. In addition to the standard PULSE and Education facilitators, the participants have had the pleasure of working with four external facilitators as well. They are bringing in their amazing expertise in classes like dance, sectionals, full band and ensemble.


There are still a few more days to go, and the whole workshop will end with an In-House Concert on Monday 24th. Here, the participants will be able to showcase everything they have learned throughout the week and we can’t wait!
In addition to the standard classes, the facilitators will arrange a spectacular Talent Show where the participants can show off their talents, so stay tuned for more updates and pictures from this workshop!
Written by: Madeleine
Pictures by: Madeleine & Lise
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Korps Klubb (Music class)

These are sessions that happens in second grade with the seven-year-old learners during school hours. Where they normally have music session or period in their schedule. This project happens just for four weeks with PULSE involved. This is a form of recruitment for the school band.  The PULSE team would basically meet with the school conductor first before starting with rehearsals just to get an overview of how, when and what is expected from the team.


Then PULSE team joins the sessions having the allocated times and days on when to. The most important elements the team focuses on when running the sessions are “to make sure that kids feel safe throughout the sessions, they get feeling of achievement, feeling of mastering and most of all they feel a sense of belonging”. All this will happen by the team doing activities with them, teaching them some south African songs and music there are non-musician instruments that are being used as well. Instruments like Boom whackers and P-Buzzes and dancing whilst singing. A show will be produced out of all this and be showcased to the parents on the last day of the project.


The goal for this project as explained on the latter is to get more members joining in the band after this project. And this had resulted a positive result for the band in the previous years.

Written by: Tshepang Moyo

Pictures by: NMF Web

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