Who is Track Five?
The Track Five vocal group was established in 1995 and is the brainchild of director, arranger and composer Gavin Fullard. With an ability to produce jazz arrangements that are second to none, Gavin offers audiences fresh, complex and interesting arrangements that leave Track Five concert attendees sitting on the edge of their seats wanting more. Complimenting his musical talents, is award-winning vocalist (International Youth Music Festival, 2014 Slovakia) and soprano singer Carmen Enslin who is also a qualified, competent and experienced violinist and pianist. Alto singers Elizma Badenhorst and Karen de Goede add a further touch of creativity to the group through their practical vocal knowledge. After graduating with a B.Tech in Musical Theatre in 2005, Elizma joined Track Five for two years. After an absence of eleven years, she’s thrilled to be back as second alto and manager. Karen is an experienced opera singer, freelance artist, soloist and ensemble cast member in musical theatre productions and cabaret and has also ventured into cabaret and jazz. Our soulful tenor, Ongama Masiba, is not only a terrific singer, but also an accomplished vocal arranger in the Cape Town vocal group scene. Rounding off the group is bass singer, vocal arranger and accomplished guitarist Arthur Pietersen who has brought 30 years of musical experience and knowledge to the ensemble. Arthur is not only the backbone of Track Five, but is also the Recording Engineer/Producer and Owner of Guitar Way Studios, where the latest Track Five album has been recorded.
Why hire Track Five?
They perform: • A Cappella • with pre-recorded backings • with live rhythm section and live flutes and • in collaboration with the popular saxophone quartet, Saxit! Track Five is ideal for your private or corporate function, concert or a fundraiser! The singers are also accomplished soloists.
Soprano Carmen is a qualified and experienced, professional singer and music teacher. She has represented South Africa as soloist in the Kwazulu Natal Youth Choir in Russia and Germany. She has performed extensively with well-known local artists and also took part in the ABSA KKNK in Oudtshoorn, Kalfie Festival in Hermanus and Inniebos Festival in Nelspruit, to name but a few. With er PDO degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Cape Town, her continuous singing lessons and performances, as well as her passion for music, Carmen is a huge asset for Track Five.
KAREN DE GOEDE
1st Alto Obtained a B.Mus. degree from the University of Potchefstroom with voice and piano as instruments. As a student she performed lead roles in operatic productions as well as being a soloist in oratorios. She joined PACT Opera full time as a permanent member of the opera chorus, but after a number of years decided to expand her horizons as a freelance artist. During this time she performed as a soloist and ensemble cast member in musical theatre productions, ventured into cabaret and discovered the joy of jazz. She continues to study voice and maintain her skills by performing in private concerts.
2nd Alto Elizma has been involved with vocal groups since she was a child – a highlight being part of DF Malan High School’s international award-winning choirs under direction of Danie Smit in the 1990s. She completed her B.Tech Musical Theater Degree at Tshwane University of Technology in 2005. Shortly after her graduation she joined Track Five performing with South Africa’s official Glenn Miller Orchestra under leadership of Jonny Cooper. Her career as theater director took her to Johannesburg for over a decade. While there, she founded the three-part female vocal group, The Dahlings from 2008 – 2013 performing at several theaters and corporate functions across South Africa. She is now very happy to find herself back in Cape Town and back in the seat of second alto of Track Five.
Director/Arranger/Composer/Tenor (stand-in) The mastermind behind the group. With varied choral background, and inspired by the ensemble sounds of the big bands and vocal groups of the forties, Gavin developed a passion for arranging and for jazz vocal groups in particular. During the sixties he worked with vocal groups during a five-year spell of teaching in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. On returning to South Africa he formed his own vocal group, Tangerine, in 1975. After 18 years of radio, television and cabaret work, he disbanded Tangerine and in 1995 formed the new group, Track Five. In-between Gavin also Lectured at UCT College of Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble during 1997 and 2005 to 2007. Gavin’s ability for jazz arrangements is second to none. You can expect fresh, complex and interesting jazz arrangements that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat wanting more.
Tenor Born in the beautiful city of Cape Town, and raised on a menu of diverse musical influences, Ongama has found his own musical platform in arranging mixed harmony music. Both his parents are avid church musicians, who often used to take him along to rehearsals – even as a toddler. And to this day, a musical family, they are his biggest supporters. His arrangements have been used in various recorded productions, in particular on the album of Selected Voices, which also showcased his skill as a producer. He is also the primary arranger for the music of The Cape Town Ensemble, of which he is also the co-founder. Masiba Music is Ongama’s vehicle to make his arrangements available for broader enjoyment.wanting more.
- 25 August 2018 : Concert at the Drostdy Theater, Stellenbosch, with piano, bass, drums and flute.
- Concert at the Nassau, with piano, bass, drums, flute and saxophone quartet, Cape Town, date TBA
- 31 March 2017 : Concert at Alliance Francaise, Cape Town with Ramon Alexander (piano), Leonore Bredenkamp (bass), Annemie Nel (drums), Engela Fullard (flute). Guest appearance Margot de Bruyn (alto).
- 22 June 2017 : A cosy winter evening with Track Five @Simondium, Paarl
- 3 September 2017 : Jazz at the Nassau, with Ramon Alexander (piano), Leonore Bredenkamp (bass), Annemie Nel (drums) and Mike Rossi’s saxophone quartet.
- 22 November 2016 – Morning Live, Expresso Show
- 23 November 2016 – Concert at Drostdy Theatre, Stellenbsoch
- 25 June 2016 – PASMAE Conference for Southern African Countries
- 29 – 30 April 2016 – Talent Africa, SA Finals
- 16 April 2016 – Track Five CD Launch @ Drostdy Theatre, Stellenbosch with the Ramon Alexander Trio and Saxit!
- 06 February 2016 – Private birthday function, with Watershed
- 20 December 2015 – Guest performers with A5 vocal group Christmas Concert
- 06 December 2015 – In concert with ERUB Children’s Choir
- 05 September 2015 – Talent Africa Competition, Regional Round (1st place)
- 14 February 2015 – Valentine’s Dinner at Pascal’s in Napier
- 19 April 2015 – Concert at the Endler Hall, University of Stellenbosch (with Saxit & US Big Band)
- 01 March 2015 – Concert at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch (with Saxit)
Love You Madly (2016) Track Five singing A Cappella, with Ramon Alexander Trio, Saxit and special guests: A5 vocal group
I Remember You (2013) Track Five with various backings as well as A Cappella
A Cappella (2009) “….Track Five is one of the greatest jazz vocal groups I’ve heard in this country, definitely world-class” – Mike Campbell (Head: Jazz Studies, SA College of Music, University of Cape Town)