George MacDonald

George started with recorder at the age of 6 and studied music for the rest of his school career. George attained musical graded qualifications on Piano, Oboe, percussion and music theory. He studied music at the Hugo Lampbrechts music centre and after school continued classes at UCT school of music. He then joined the South African Navy Band in 1994 where he remained a percussionist and drummer for 20 years before resigning the military to seek his fortune elsewhere.

He was qualified as a Chief musician when he left, and held the rank of Chief Petty Officer. George was a professional soloist on Xylophone, marimba and tympani as well as on the Djembe drums. He toured the world extensively with the Navy Band and performed in international shows. Apart from the extensive travels, George was one of only a handful of musicians that was in service and performing at both the inauguration ceremony in 1994 of President Nelson Mandela as well as his Funeral in Qunu in December of 2013. He is currently the owner of his own franchise business in the Southern Peninsula.

George continues following his musical passion of making music with percussion instruments and wishes to continue making music for the rest of his life.
George did his compulsory military service as an Operational Medical Orderly in the then SADF. He describes himself as a free spirit in a volunteer’s uniform. He is currently the main drummer for the Alternative rock group Unit 11. George is a non-smoker, an environmentalist at heart and an avid supporter of social upliftment initiatives and charities. He believes in Justice, Mercy and honesty and it is the motto of his life.

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