The South African College High School concert Band

SACS is the oldest high school in South Africa, founded in September 1829. It is arguably the most magnificent setting at the foot of Table Mountain and Devil’s peak. The school prides itself on the balanced education it provides, the world-class facilities on offer, the fact that SACS men strive for excellence in all spheres of school life and that it places a strong emphasis on high moral values. 

Open to all musicians, the Concert Band, conducted by Levi Alexander,  provides an important environment for ensemble playing. With over fifty members, rehearsing three times a week, the band performs regularly and participates in competitions. A wide variety of music is performed from film music, marching band pieces to serious wind band repertoire. Performances include those at the residence of the British Consulate in Cape Town, the opening of the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery at the Cape Town Convention Centre, the New Cape Quarter in Green Point and many concerts at SACS. The band’s main role is to perform as a ceremonial band at the various  formal school functions. 

Awards include first prizes at the Sans Souci Facets competition, the Cape Town Eisteddfod and, in the past three years, have won a Diploma (over 90%) at the Windworx Festival at the Hugo Lambrecht Music Centre, thereby being selected to perform at the Gala Concerts, in the evening. In 2015 and 2016 the Concert Band opened the 7th and 8th Annual SACS Concerto Festival, performing alongside professional orchestral players. 

Most Concert Band members belong to the SACS Marching Band which provides a dignified display at the annual SACS Commemoration Day celebration, a proud and long cherished tradition, remembering those who fell when the world was at war. 

All students in the music department are encouraged to play in the Concert Band. One of the highlights for the band is the annual collaboration with Rustenburg Girls’ and Rondebosch Boys’ High Schools, held at the Cape Town City Hall, in August. 

Earlier this year they were invited by the Stellenbosch University Konservatorium to perform in their annual Wind Band Festival. 

The Mid Europe Band Festival is the first international tour that the Concert Band has embarked on.


Participated: 2017
Country: ZA

The South African College High School Concert Band


Conductor: Levi Alexander

Levi Alexander started saxophone tuition at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in 2007 while attending The Settlers High School, where he was highly involved culturally by participating in eleven different musical bands, ensembles and societies. The natural progression was to study a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in baritone saxophone, performance and conducting at the University of Cape Town South African College of Music (2010).

He toured Europe extensively with various chamber music ensembles throughout his high school and university studies. He has performed in the MIAGI Music Festival Big Band, South African National Schools Big Band, South African National Youth Wind Ensemble and Orchestra (SANYO), Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, Artscape Youth Jazz Festival, Artscape National Youth Music Competition, University of Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Amici Choir and is currently a member of Audivi Vocal Ensemble and St. George’s Cathedral (Cape Town) Evensong and Chamber Choirs.

Levi is a full-time staff member of the SACS High School Music Department where he started in January 2015. He fills the roles of Concert Band, Marching Band and Saxophone Ensemble Director. His first teaching experience was with the Cape Philharmonic Youth Music Academy and he currently teaches saxophone at the University of the Western Cape Centre for the Performing Arts. He is the resident conductor of the University of the Western Cape Symphonic Wind Orchestra which formed in 2014, assistant conductor of the Symphony Choir of Cape Town. He was the student assistant conductor of the University of Cape Town Symphonic Wind Band and Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and assistant conductor of the Beau Soleil Senior Wind Band up until the end of 2014. He also conducts and directs The Royal Crusaders Christmas Band, a community marching band based in Bellville and was appointed the Director of Music of the Peninsula and District Christmas Bands Union (2010-2013). He was invited to conduct the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Zimbabwe in the annual Zimbabwean National Music Camp 2014. Levi has conducted the SACS musical production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ in 2016 and was the Guest Conductor of the Windworx Symphonic Band at their annual end of year concert.

 Levi has been a multi-woodwind-instrumentalist in the musical orchestras of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society musical productions at Artscape, Cape Town. He performs baritone saxophone in The PHAX Trio (an all-genre virtuosic chamber music ensemble founded in 2011 by three alumni principal players of SANYO). The PHAX Trio performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and National Arts Fringe Festival in 2014.

The South African College High School concert Band concert(s)
Mid Europe 2018