Field Band Foundation and Norges Musikkorps Forbund on social media!

Greetings from Norway!

For many years Field Band Foundation and Norges Musikkorps Forbund have been active on several social media platforms in addition to the blog by PULSE. This gives a chance to share news, pictures and stories from a lot of different projects. After the outbreak of COVID-19, these platforms has been even more important to be able to share information and updates about how the situation has affected the different projects. In the previous posts you can read about NMF’s digital PåskePULSE, and also FBF’s Virtual Educational Band Visit.

In addition to this, PULSE and Field Band Education has a big focus on keeping staff and members in FBF updated on important information with regards to COVID-19 and the lockdown in South Africa. Two times a week an information pack is being sent out to everyone in Field Band Foundation with the newest updates in South Africa, and also activities and tips on how to stay busy and taking care of our own well-being also is a focus.

For more insight in FBF’s and NMF’s projects, visit Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!


Get to know the projects in FBF and NMF!

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Instagram: @fieldbandsa // @nmfkorps
Facebook: “Field Band Foundation” // “Norges Musikkorps Forbund”
Twitter: @fieldband_sa // @NMFkorps

Written by: Lisa Fosse
Photos by: PULSE and Education

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Digital påskePULSE


Easter 2020, not like any other Easter

Keeping the members active and engaged is an important strategy for NMF and it is agreed to be particularly important now with the ongoing corona regulations.

Due to corona restrictions, the Norwegian authorities decided that children had to stay home with their families over Easter. NMF wanted to respond to the changes by offering activities that could keep children and families busy during the holidays.

NMF had already experienced success with digital courses on Zoom for conductors and board members before Easter. This was a huge inspiration for the team to come up with an exciting and inspiring program for the children during the Easter holidays.

The idea was to develop a program that children could follow daily from their homes to educate and socialize through banding related activities. PULSE was challenged to participate in developing the program together with other NMF employees. The team responded to the call and came on board by suggesting and designing activities to the daily activity program and by contributing to conducting an amazing digital FeriePULSE. The first one ever in NMFs history.

The digital PåskePULSE program consisted of one session per day facilitated by Thulani Maluleka and Madeleine Klouda for five days on Zoom. Each session lasted for 45 minutes and was repeated three times for three different groups. Thulani and Madeleine executed fun-filled activities which included Body percussion, NO.1-3 break clap, Waka-Waka dance, and a song called Ziyawa which includes both playing on an instrument and singing. Here you can see an example where Thulani is presenting the body percussion item. ; 

Thulani and Madeleine said “What was good during the digital PåskePULSE is the good teaching methods we had. We mostly focused on activities that are easy to be done at home with or without the help of an adult. We had activities such as body percussion, singing, dancing, and drawing. The teaching method we used was mostly body language, call and respond with back up tracks, it worked very well to keep the energy level of the kids high. We received daily feedback from the kids and that helped us to improve on how we deliver the content.

It did not go without its challenges, a challenge we uncounted mostly was about sound delays because of the network. It was difficult to communicate or let all the kids sing at the same time. We thought it will be best to create a backup track that they will sing, play, or dance to. We also created background sounds to stimulate their creativity while doing a task to avoid silence during the sessions. It was a great experience that will be fun to have again. Distance simply means separations in place, but never in connection as we manage to meet again and do what we love.”


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Drawing from Oliwia Cichocka saying thank you.

In addition to the daily sessions on Zoom, the participants were given a daily pack of activities to be done by the participants on their own at home and on their own time. The home activities were fun, easy, and required no expensive equipment to executed them. Activities included watching a film with dance choreography and dancing along with it, composing an Easter rap song. You can find the whole program here;

Like any other FeriePULSE programs, digital PåskePULSE was open for children with and without banding experience. The aim is to have fun and create a healthy environment for the participants to socialize, meet friends, and making new friends while they are learning music through playing instruments, singing, and dancing. Another aim with digital PåskePULSE was to keep contact with participants from FeriePULSE programs in Molde, Oslo, and Bergen, with a special focus on participants without banding experience.

Musicians from NMFs member bands and children who previously attended FeriePULSE were invited to be part of the program. We had a total of 46 participants divided into three groups. 26 of these had previously participated in FeriePULSE, while 20 of them never had the experience of being part of FeriePULSE. 37 of the participants were band members and 9 of them did not have musical training. We had 39 different schools represented from different regions which included Oslo, Viken, Rogaland, Vestland (Bergen included), Møre and Romsdal (Molde included), Vestfold, Innlandet and Troms, and Finnmark.

The overall conclusion is that NMF would like to continue to explore digital platforms and PULSE is proud to announce that we will be part of developing a variety of activities and explore different methods for digital training.

pictures by: Ewa Cichoka

Written by: Jacob Mhlapeng


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Virtual Educational Band Visit

Greetings from Oslo, Haugesund, Bergen and Honningsvåg!

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the North Participants unfortunately had to leave South Africa and travel back to their hometowns in Norway. Despite being on the other side of the world, PULSE is still working for the Field Band Foundation.

The current situation in the world has naturally affected the work PULSE does. Shortly after arriving in Norway, all PULSE participants started on new projects in order to accommodate the field band staff and members. One of those projects is; Virtual Educational Band Visits.

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Kroonstad Field Band – During Virtual Educational Band Visit

The Virtual Educational Band Visits Pilot occurs this week and next week, with Kroonstad and Parys Field Band. The content for these workshops includes the same topics as before, but facilitated in new ways over Zoom, which is an online meeting platform.

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Parys Field Band – During Virtual Educational Band Visit

The Virtual Educational Band Visits and implementation of new methods is so far a success. It has proven to be a valuable arena for continuing the upskilling of staff as well as creating a supportive forum, which is of great importance during the lockdown in South Africa.

PULSE is excited to continue the important work using new methods and technology, and will keep creating new ways of fulfilling the goals for the project.

Written by: Maja
Photos by: PULSE and Education

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Music Matters, Music Around the World

The FeriePULSE has been a successful project that has been growing and getting popular in Oslo and in Bergen. This year has been amazing and wonderful, the numbers tell it all. The total number of participants was 143. This has shown how the program has grown. A major highlight we have seen from the participants that came to the FeriePULSE without the banding background has now joined the banding system. This highlights the importance of including everyone in the project with and without banding background.

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Photos by Monika Heggen

FeriePULSE is open for both participants from local school bands as well as participants that don’t have any music background. We facilitate different levels and want to give everyone a feeling of achievement. There are staff members at FeriePULSE that focus on the well-being of the participants, and that everyone feels welcome and included. For us, every participant is equally important and plays a major role in this musical activities. In this matter, Alle-Spiller music has been a valuable contribution, as it is specially designed to cater for all levels.

What is Alle-Spiller Music?

”In 2019-2020, The work began on arranging music for the project “Aller-spiller” when NMF received support from the Norwegian Music Council for the initiative. Hanna Stenstøen Nilsson, Erlend Solemsli and Khayalethu S. Benela were placed as youth trainees in the project. They got together with Odd-Erik Nordberg who has a lot of experience and knowledge to share in the area. The project resulted in seven songs for the band. The starting point for repertoire selection was already obtained song material from a previous project in NMF. At that time, songs were collected from countries that are strongly represented among immigrants in Norway.

The songs are arranged so that everyone has parts to play. Aller spiller music is intended to function as a bridge between those who have little or no experience from a band and those with experience from playing in a band. The alle-spiller parts should be taught by ear. The parts can be written for the voice, body percussion, drums, P-buzz, Boom Whacker and/or choral instruments. Not all parts need to be present for the arrangement to be played.

NMF wants to continue to fill the Alle-spiller project with several works and arrangements for the bands. The Alle-spiller project is used as a repertoire for NMF’s Weekend and Holiday PULSE. (Publisher 05/03/2020 – Updated 10/03/2020 Author: Birgitte Grong)

All songs that were arranged for the project are now available to anyone who wants to use them.

Please follow the link to download


Aller-spiller team with participants from the Oslo winter PULSE

The process of developing Alle-spiller arrangements.

“The youth participants have really worked hard and have contributed to creative and innovative ideas. One of the best things is that the Alle-Spiller «set up» caters for different entry levels and hopefully gives a challenge for all students involved. It gives me great pleasure to have seen students from 6 years old to 15 sharing a stage and show such joy and passion in their playing and dancing” (Odd-Erik Nordberg 2020)

This is what one of the participants from the alle-spiller project and our very own PULSE participant Khayalethu Benela had to say about he’s experienced being in the project.

We had several workshops with Odd-Erik Nordberg who was the leader that was overseeing the whole project regarding giving us tools and ideas on what to think when writing music for alle-spiller. We were given a huge opportunity to use as many ideas and creativity as we can to make the project a success. 

What I personally learned on the Aller-spiller project was that it is highly important to make music simple and fun, and to make sure that you include everyone that is part of the band despite any instrument, voice, dancer or non-musical people. During the process of the Alle-spiller workshops, I was able to use my own ideas in challenging myself writing and include – playing, singing, p-buzz, boom wreckers and dancing while singing and the arrangement was a success.


Khayalethu Benela. Photo by Monica Johansen

 Written: Nomkhosi Mnisi and Jacob Mhlapeng



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E-learning for Social Officers in Field Band Foundation!

The last week of February, PULSE and Field Band Education had a workshop for all the Social Officers in Field Band Foundation. The Social Officers work for the members health and safety, and is also engaging stakeholders and clinics in their community.

During the workshop it was handed out tablets for all the Social Officers, for them to begin the E-learning journey. First up is to complete a course in Disability Awareness. The course created engagement within the participants, and feedback from them said it was inspiring to increase knowledge in a new way.
Within 8 weeks, the course should be completed, and throughout the participants will get follow-up from the PULSE team.

The purpose of having an E-learning platform is:

  • To provide more knowledge about FBF content
  • To provide stronger digital skills
  • To create sustainability that goes beyond the Educational Band Visits and other workshops and training events
  • To create accessibility of FBF content

The E-learning project is funded by Norwegian Grant and Ponahalo.


New tablets received, and E-learning journey has begun!


All Social Workers in Field Band Foundation gathered for workshop.

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2020 First Band Visits!

Hello and Happy New Year from Johannesburg!

We have now been on three Educational Band Visits last week, and had a great time introducing new content for 2020 🙂

Content 2020: 

  • Music Theory
  • Teaching Methods
  • Sexual Health
  • Basic Arranging
  • Self- Development
  • Team Building

Check out our vlog to get a sneak peak from the visits!


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Could this be “THE GAME CHANGER” for the Voksnepplæring musicians?

It is not very often where you get to witness a beginner musician play their first concert in front of over a thousand audience and still be able to entertain without fear like a pro! It took the Pulse team two workshops to build this type of confidence in this group, in preparation for the Mix forestilling concert in Skien and the team was so happy to see them climb out of their shells and go crazy on stage. This is what freedom means to us.

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The band conducted by Franqo


Franqo is showing them how to move during the drum break

This was indeed a very successful project which could potentially be the corner-stone of social integration and inclusion in the Skien community. Also, many people from Skien including community leaders have become very optimistic about collaborations of this nature and they fully support the possibility of initiating more projects like this one going forward. The Pulse team is very grateful to the Skien Kulturskolen for giving us the opportunity to be part of this game changing event.











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PULSE across South Africa

PULSE has been traveling a lot the past weeks, visiting bands in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Plettenberg Bay, Viljoenskroon and Kuruman. It has been a great way for the new PULSE team to get to know a lot of Field Band staff in a short time and each visit has been a great success. For PULSE it has been very fun to start experiencing different parts of South Africa, outside of the office!

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PULSE is now busy finishing up the last band visits before the year is over and soon, planning will start in developing new Educational Band Visit content. Next year, PULSE will focus more on musical skills with a year plan that is packed with a lot of activities, workshops and band visits.

Next week, PULSE will be holding the fourth and final Tutor Workshop 2019 so stay tuned for pictures from their final assessments, social evening and ceremony!

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Written by: Madeleine

Pictures by: Madeleine

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Project Skien

From 07/10/2019 to 09/10/2019 we had a  seminar at Skien where we were teaching at an adult learning center called Voksenoppæringa. This project aims at starting a band for immigrants living in Norway and it acts as a tool that can be used for integrating into the communities that they are living in. It is also a tool to learn about Norwegian culture through the banding system. This project also aims at integrating its participants to local bands in Skien and to make sure that the members are continually engaged in musical activities.

We had participants from Arab countries and African countries from the ages of 18 to 60 years of age. We also had different children coming in every day as participants, whereby they will have different sessions in different instruments.


Jacob Mhlapeng teaching Ziyawa dance during the practice sessions


Franqo conducting the band in one of the practice sessions.


With this seminar, we were also preparing for the concert which is to be held on 06/10/2019 at Skien culture house. we are looking forward to this concert as it will showcase the strength of working together and proving that music matters despite where you come from in the world and together we are stronger.


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Jacob, Khaya, Nomkhosi Odd-Erik and Franqo on drums warming up before a presentation.

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The joy of playing Djembe and P-buzz

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Band members clapping hands and playing boom-whackers.


Sørum Skole

For two weeks now, the Oslo team has been busy with a new project at Sørum Skole. The project aims at starting a drum line for the school and currently, this project uses Djembes as its main instrument.


Khaya singing and dancing for the children during a practice session


Khaya showing the kids some music on the board and the lyrics to the song.



Khaya conducting the kids

Team Oslo has also been tasked to start a Sørum Skole Field Band Foundation whereby members will be taught how to play Marimba, marching percussion, singing, dancing, and marching techniques we hope brass instruments will be added soon.


written by: Jacob J Mhlapeng

Pictures by: Birgitte Grong and Nomkhosi Mnisi



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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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