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Gernsbach concert

This newsletter heralds a new era for BBSA.  Avril Philander, the vice chairman of the Eastern Cape Branch stood down after 26 years of service in the Eastern Cape Branch.  In the Western Cape, Rev Martin Abrahams replaced Christo Appel as Chairman after Christo had served in that capacity for 10 years.  The newly elected executives for the two branches are:

EASTERN CAPE                                                           WESTERN CAPE
Tyrone Hitzeroth                  Chairman                        Rev Martin Abrahams
Ryan Jonas                         Vice Chairman                  Reuben Talliard
Alan Grootboom                   Treasurer                        Ronald Johannes
Jo-Lynn Telling                    Secretary                         Lorenda September
Hailey Hendricks                  Asst. Secretary                 Bernard Fortuin
Laverne Louis                      Committee Members        Faith Engel
Magdalene Philander                                                 Samuel Pickard

With this elections history was made in the Eastern Cape in that for the first time, males are out-numbered by females.  We welcome all the newly elected members onto the executive and trust that they will find their period of service to be rewarding and joyous.  This is day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it.

After one and half years of planning, a group of 19 persons undertook a tour to Germany from 9 August to 31 August 2010.  The tour started in Niesky where the group was divided into two, with one half staying in Kleinwelka and the other half in Niesky.  Thereafter the group visited Hernnhut where the highlight was attending the communion service in Bethelsdorf on 13 August 2010.  The group also had the opportunity to visit the graves of Count Zinzendorf, Georg Schmidt, Susannah Kuhnel and our dear friend, Rev Dr Albert Frank.  They then proceeded to visit Meerbeck before moving on to Hildesheim, which was actually the focal point of the tour.  There the group participated in the brass band festival of Posaunenwerk Hannover, which formed part of the 1000th anniversary festival of the St Michael’s Church in Hildesheim. From there followed a series of short visits to Waldkappel, Essingen, Dettingen, Muggensturm and Gernsbach.  Concerts were played in every town visited.   A studio rcording of a CD was done in Baden Baden.  For more details on the tour visit the tour diary on our website at
Our Eastern Cape Branch hosted a very successful inaugural EBBASA festival at the Feathermarket Hall over the weekend 24 to 26 September 2010.  EBBASA is the acronym for Evangelical Brass Band Association of Southern Africa and consists of BBSA, ELKSA-NT, FELSISA and the LBB.  ELKSA-NT and FELSISA are the brass band associations of two different German Lutheran Churches in South Africa, and LBB stands for Lutheran Brass Band, and consists of 6 conferences in Namibia. The music presented was of the highest order, and the four member associations played together as if they had been doing so for years.  The way in which the players all interacted with one another was testimony to the fact that we all serve one living God.  Greetings were brought by the four different churches to which the member associations belong.  The festival included a sermon which was conducted by Bishop Errol Moos of the Moravian Church in South Africa.  Bishop Rainer von Schlichting of ELKSA-NT also participated in the service.  All the visitors were full of praise for the hospitality shown by our members.  The following is an entry in the guestbook on our website signed by Siggi Prigge, the Posauenwart of ELKSA-NT:

“Dear Christo, dear Tyrone and every member of the BBSA! I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the wonderful EBBASA Festival the past weekend in Port Elizabeth. This wonderful occasion and your warm and friendly welcome in PE will live in our memories forever. Thank you for your hospitality, for your excellent organization and your obvious joy with which you all take part in your brass bands. God bless!”


Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of BBSA.  A festival will be held in Port Elizabeth to celebrate the occasion. 


It has now been confirmed that the next Unity Festival will be held in Germany over the Pentecost weekend in 2013.  At this point the idea is to have the festival in Bad Boll but this has not been finally decided yet.  The time has now arrived to start planning for this festival.


The new executive faces exciting challenges, but it is worth remembering the words of Sydney Smith:  “The fact is that in order to do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand shivering on the bank thinking of the cold and the danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.”

Sisterly yours,

Jo-Lynn Telling

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