Commander Kenny Leibbrandt was privileged to be appointed Director
of Music of this prestigious band with its rich history on 1 June
In 2006, the South African Navy Band became the first band from the
South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to perform in St
Petersburg, Russia. Later that year, the Bandís Marimba Group
entertained members of the SANDF who were undertaking peacekeeping
operations in Burundi, Central Africa.
Stalwarts like Warrant Officer Willie van Zyl and Warrant Officer
hold the audience captive
In 2007 the South African Navy Band travelled to England to
participate in the 90th commemoration of the sinking of the SS MENDI.
(The SS MENDI was a troopship carrying over 600 hundred Black South
African soldiers to France when she was accidently rammed by an
allied ship. Most of the men were drowned as a result of the
collision and she sank in the English Channel in February 1917.)
In 2008 the Band once again participated at the 44th Music Show of
the Nations in Bremen, Germany.
In the six years that Commander Leibbrandt has been at the helm, the
Band has continued to develop as an internationally recognised