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Band News 2006
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January (14) - May (15) - October (16)
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Stars sing for Parkinson's at Charity's Carol Concert
||Jane Asher hosted the 25th Parkinsonís Disease Society (PDS) Christmas
Carol Concert at the historical Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday 19th December.
Read the rest of the story on the Parkinson Soc. site
A wonderful evening for the band! Click for pictures courtesy of Brian Aldrich and Basil
Gala Concert - December 2nd
Due to the generosity of our supporters, over £1000 was collected for St Christophers Hospice.
A most enjoyable eveing. Well done everybody!
Many thanks to all, especially to our guests, the Gwalia Male Voice Choir, and soloist Kait Gray.
The picture shows Janet Haney rehearsing the Choir prior to the concert.
||And the Band supported the Hospice again the following day by playing carols
at their Remembrance Tree Service on Sunday 3rd December.
Click for a few pictures Courtesy of Brian Aldrich.
Cornwall - August 26th to 28th
||A great Trip! Based in Bodmin, we visited Newquay, Goonhilly, St Keverne
and Falmouth. We played two concerts, one at St Keverne, the second at
Many thanks to Chis Atkins (plus assistants) who managed all the arrangements
without a hitch. A particular vote of thanks is also due to Alan Retallack
and the St Keverne Band for hosting the joint concert on Saturday 27th with such lavish hospitality. See the picture galleries above for a few snaps.
And read Maggie's Report and Holiday Awards.
CRYSTAL PALACE BAND APPEAR ON GMTV
Crystal Palace Band made their GMTV debut on Monday 26 June - and we were
such a success that we were asked to appear again on Friday 30 June! The
seven-piece ensemble had to be 'on set' in South Wimbledon at 5.45am, and
appeared live on air at 7.15 and 8.20. Bacon sandwiches, tea and strong
coffee helped reduce the shock of what was, for many, a 4.30am start. The
rain didn't dampen our spirits, especially as we were undercover - apart
from Mike Gray who was forced to conduct just outside the garage roof.Non-stop
renditions of 'Amarillo' got a bit tiresome as well!
Bobby Davro was guest appearing for GMTV as a cheesy car salesman and, true to form, cracked some cheesy jokes - although the band weren't amused by his reference to us as 'You've heard of heavy metal, this lot are more like scrap metal'. But we were all friends at the end of it - as seen by this picture of Bobby with the band. Click for a few more Monday snaps.
We hope you tuned in on Friday when the weather was nicer and the band was outside! Click for Friday snaps.
A New Arrival
Our trombone player, Toby Andrews writes;
"We're delighted to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter Sophie, born just before midnight on Wednesday evening. Both she and mum are all well. Thanks for all your earlier good wishes and support. Hope you like the photo.See you all soon, from Toby & Maria"
Many congratulations to you both from all the band and we hope that Toby's
trombone practice won't keep the baby awake!
New Rehearsal Venue
From June 2006, we are rehearsing at the Crystal Palace Museum.
Click for details and some photos of the band practicing for Stevenage.
The B Band at the Croydon Music Festival
Whitgift - 8th May
Winners of the Richard Gilbert Trophy. Well played!
Click for photo.
The Contest Season
Hove - 23rd April
Sixth Place. Click for results summary (courtesy of Maggie). Click to see official SCABA page
Stevenage - March 19th - First contest after promotion to the First Division.
Quote from our Chairman "We played well, but came 15th out of 16".
Click for 1st Section placings.
Read review courtesy of 4BarsRest.com.
Ringmer - 12th February
One point behind the winners in the "Open Quartet" and two points behind the winners in the "A Ensemble". Well Played! Click for Results