Band News 2010
Band Newsletters - May 2010
Picture Galleries - Croydon - Penge - Grape&Grain - Festival Hall - Wedding - Switzerland
Parkinson Society - "Stars add to Festivities at 30th Carol Concert"
- 8th December
Publicity and News Report from the Pakinson Soc. Website.
A wonderful evening! Basil took a few photos at the event.
Blackheath Carols - 4th December
The Gala Concert may have been cancelled but members from the Progress
Band spent their afternoon playing carols with the Salvation Army in Blackheath
Town Centre. After two hours of carolling the band was joined by the local
community choir, the Police then closed the road and as the sun set the
Christmas lights were switched on. From left to right: Dianne, Sarah, George, Mark, David and Chris.
On behalf of Capt Byrne, Progress Band MD Chris has been asked to pass on his thanks for helping to raise £485 towards the salvation army¹s work in lewisham!
Switzerland Band Trip - Lenzburg - End August
A fabulous holiday!
Many thanks to The Lenzburg Council, the Lengnau Band and the Zetzwil Band for hosting our three concerts and giving us such a warm welcome.
Thanks also to Max Suter, Marcus Killer and Clare Suter for making all
the local arrangements which ran so smoothly.
See pictures that have been selected from various cameras;
More News to come soon.
Sam Henderson's Wedding - 31st July
Congratulations to Sam & Tim who got married on 31 July.
Sam plays flugel horn in The Progress Band and as a sign of true love,
Tim has is now learning to play the tuba and will join the Progress Band
Brass Academy in September
Clare and Simon's Wedding - 18th July
Thanks to Band members Clare and Simon for inviting us to play at their
evening wedding party. It was held at a delightful venue in glorious summer
sunshine. A wonderful occasion and we wish you both every hapiness for
Many of the guests were musicians, so we swopped seats around during the concert.
Have a look at a few picturess from Andrew Lipscombe and Maggie Stallybrass plus a few
more evening shots from your webmaster.
And view an 'amateur' video of the Band playing 'When I'm 64'!
Stars from the Progress Band
William Campbell, aged 9 years, has won a place at the Royal Academy of
Music to study on Saturdays.
For his audition William played Sonata No4 in D Major and Bolera, both
on the violin, followed by Sonata No 3 on the piano.
William, known to his school friends as ‘Mini Mozart’, is a lively young lad and loves music. His Mum tells us that he practices at 5.30am and he is even composing music.
Jessica Larkin, aged 12 years, has made her Grandma, Margaret Larkin (Progress
Band Secretary and fellow horn player) so proud by getting Distinction
in her Grade 4 horn examination with 92%. Her study was a piece called
Latin Lady. The examination also included music theory, scales, and pieces
called 'Sunset Strip' and 'To a Wild Rose'. Jessica commented "This
has inspired me to aim for Grade 5 next year. I love my horn!"
William Eade, affectionately known as William 2nd by band members,.is doing
fantastically well at the new Progress Band Academy and has just passed
his Grade 2 music exam on the trumpet.
Congratulations to all.
Coulsdon - 3rd July
Extract from the Croydon Advertiser.
Glorious sunshine at the weekend attracted nearly 3,000 visitors to Old
Coulsdon's Village Fair. Parents and children enjoyed the charity event,
held at Grange Park, on Saturday. Organised by Coulsdon Manor Rotary Club,
the event raises money for Coulsdon charities.
Rotarian Bob Turner said it was one of the most successful fairs ever.
He said: "Collectively the stalls raised around £25,000. It was a
School children put on spcial entertainment but Mr Turner said the favourite
activity was the mini steam train. Car enthusiasts got to see vintage vehicles
and music lovers listened to tunes played by Crystal Palace Brass Band.
Crystal Palace plays at the Festival Hall - 20th June
As Part of the 'Meltdown Festival', the Band were invited to play a short
concert in the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall on the 'Bandstand
Busking Freestage'. Great fun!
Visit the Meltdown Website.
Open Rehearsal at the 'Grape and Grain Pub - 9th June
As part of the 2010 Crystal Palace Festival, the Band moved across the
road and played outside the 'Grape and Grain' Pub for our routine Wednesday
rehearsal. This was interesting entertainment for the casual passers by!
Many thanks to Landlord Rick for keeping our glasses filled and allowing
us to use his premises!
Visit his website.
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Crystal Palace Progress Band get Mayoral Approval!
The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Douglas Auld, gave his seal of approval
on hearing Crystal Palace Progress Band play at the Penge Fete on Saturday
Westow Park - Crystal Palace - 9th May
An exceprt from The Croydon Guardian;
"The Crystal Palace Brass Band helped to draw more than 200 people
to Westow Park in Upper Norwood on Sunday. The band played a medley of
favourites, including the James Bond theme tune, as adults and children
planted wild flowers, pansies and fruit trees in a bid to improve the Upper
Norwood site. ........."
Visit the Friends of Westow Park site.
Croydon Music Festival - 7th May 2010
Congratulations to the Progress Band on their stirring performance of the
' Slaidburn' March at the Croydon Music Festival.
We won the 'BR9 Ensembles Intermediate' contest with a 'Distinction' mark.
View the Certificate and pictures.