Join the St John’s College Parents’ Association at “On the Night”, our annual fundraiser which takes place on 30 September 2017 from 3pm.
The entertainment will kick off with the St John’s College Big Band and Jazz Band.
The St John’s bands will be followed by South African Electronic House sensation GoodLuck who will perform just before the spectacular pyrotechnic display which will take place just after dark.
Monark, fast becoming one of SA’s top bands, will perform a song or two in with the St John’s Prep ‘Cool Choir’ after the pyrotechnic display followed by a performance of their popular hits. The evening will officially end at 10pm.
A variety of children’s activities, including a kids area with a Toy Stall and a dedicated teen chill zone, will provide plenty of entertainment for kids and teens. There will be plenty of food vendors to cater for those who don’t bring a picnic basket of their own. Picnic baskets can be ordered from 1 September 2017 from the Old Johannian Club.
Secure parking is available on Rice Field, inside the school grounds, just off the Elm Street entrance as well as on C and D Rugby fields which can be accessed via the Pre-Prep entrance on the corner of Joe Slovo Drive and St Patrick roads.
Summary of The Environmental Impact Report from 2016:
A Study was commissioned to measure the noise levels. Noise levels were measured at 3 points:
1 = Eastern Side of Jhb Zoo (Upper Park Drive)
2 = Bottom of Munroe Drive
3 = On the field
“The pyrotechnics display was for a short period of time only and although the sound was audible on the boundaries of the property, and at a distance when there was no traffic, it at no stage threatened the hearing capabilities of the residents abutting St John College.”
* For a copy of the full report, please email [email protected]
HIPnotic is a young, vibrant jazz quintet that merges old jazz styles with more modern sounds to create a fusion of old and new.
THE ST JOHN’S COLLEGE WIND BAND
The St John’s College Wind Band is the oldest of the instrumental ensembles at St John’s and performs regularly throughout the year at concerts, outdoor functions and other events.
The band consists of brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, and meets weekly to rehearse. The repertoire of the band ranges from Classical to Rock to Jazz, as well as a number of pieces from the world of musical theatre and film.
Currently conducted by Allan Thompson and Jaco van Staden, the leader of the band is saxophonist James Channon (UV, Hodgson). For their performance at On the Night they will be performing the powerful and popular opening sequence from Carl Offf’s ‘Carmina Burana’, as well as famous marches by Sousa and the evergreen Disney hit ‘Bare Necessities’, featuring soloists Krischan Mumbi (UV, Thomson) on trumpet and Daniel Stevens (UV, Thomson) on clarinet.
GoodLuck is an award-winning electronic band from South Africa, who have achieved an astonishing 8 radio #1 charting hits in just 4 years. GoodLuck creates a sound that is thoroughly their own and they have been taking this sound to audiences across Europe, Africa and the UK. GoodLuck is known for their incredible live show, pushing the boundaries of live electronic performance with their use of drum machines, synthesisers, electronic percussion, saxophone and vocal performance. GoodLuck challenges audiences across the globe to take an interest in a new-wave of pop music that is being hailed as uniquely African with an ability to transcend audiences and cross over to modern electronic sound.
THE ST JOHN’S COLLEGE BIG BAND
The St John’s College Big Band is a standard jazz ensemble which consists of brass, saxophones, piano, guitar, bass and drums. The Big band is one of the most popular ensembles at the College and regularly performs at concerts, festivals and functions. The repertoire of the band consists of all the jazz styles but also focuses on contemporary music, and the aim is to enhance its members’ ensemble playing ability and improvisation. The Big band is currently conducted by Jaco van Staden and the leader of the band is guitarist Ryan Stopforth (UV, Nash). This year they’ll be performing Stan Kenton’s popular piece ‘Artistry in Rhythm’, one of Miles Davis’ pieces ‘Milestones’, and the epic finale ‘Caravan’ from the film Whiplash, originally composed by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol. They will be featuring a number of Old Boys who have previously been part of the band.
Without a doubt one of the most exciting acts to break out from 2013, Monark are changing the face of pop music in South Africa. Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery – polished with his distinctive falsetto – and Ewald Jansen van Rensberg’s unmatched, global production style, Monark craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks.
Performing as a 4-piece band, Monark deliver something completely fresh and unique, and is setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape. Having dominated the South African airwaves with their first 2 singles, Smiling (5FM Top 3) and Build It Up (5FM Top 5, and #1 on Jacaranda FM, Highveld/KFM, Algoa FM, OFM), they then released their 3rd single, Something, building up to the release of their debut album NEGATIVES. The album, which was released worldwide on 14 July 2014, peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart on the day of its release.
Their energetic and polished live performances have been incredibly well received by their fans, with Monark performing on some of the top stages in the country – including Rocking The Daisies, Durban Day, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Parklife, 94.7 Joburg Day, KFM 94.5’s KDAY, Splashy Fen, KKNK, Durban Botanical Gardens, to name but a few.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Food & Alcohol
You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic baskets and beers, wine and soft drinks. A variety of foods and beverages excluding alcohol are available for sale in the food vendor area.
Tickets for the toy stall
Booklets of tickets worth R100 (2x R20, 2x R10 and 4x R5 tickets) will be available for pre-purchase outside the Pre-Prep from Thursday, 21st September 2017 in the mornings after drop-off.
Methods of Payment
Credit Card machines will be available at the gates for anyone wishing to purchase tickets at the gate, however we strongly advise that you pre-purchase tickets as we often sell out before the start of the event.
Food vendors accept cash, credit card, Zapper, and Snapscan where available. Toy Stall tickets are cash only. Toy Stall purchases with tickets only. There will be an ATM available on site.
Parking is available on Rice Foeld (entrance on Elm street) and C & D Rugby Fields (entrance on the corner of Joe Slovo & St Patrick’s Road).
Uber/Taxify Drop-off/Pick-up Point
We have seen a big increase in the number of people using a taxi service to get to and from the event. In order to minimize traffic congestion and ensure your safety, we have created a dedicated taxi drop-off and pick-up point at the main entrance on the corner of St John road and Joe Slovo drive with dedicated security to ensure the safety of visitors.
SA vs Aus Rugby Match
The SA vs Australia rugby match at 17h00 will be screened on big screens in the rugby tent. Watch this space for more details.
Picnic baskets can be ordered from George at The Old Johannian Club. Please contact him on 011 487 1971 to order.
Baskets can be collected from the OJ Stand on Burger Field on 30th September from 16h00
Animal & Environmental Safety
The PA is committed to ensuring that we track and manage noise levels caused by both the Pyrotechnics and the music. To this end we commission an environmental impact assessment every year.