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Band News 2011
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Christmas Charity Concerts
We collected around £600 at our annual Gala Concert in Sydenham on 26th November. Net proceeds will shortly go to St Christophers Hospice. No choir this year, but both the Progress Band and the Main Band played and the standards of musicianship were high.

And we had yet another wonderful evening playing at the Parkinsons Society Carol Concert at Central Hall, Wesminster on 9th December.
Read the Parkinsons Society News Page for more detail of the event.
Its not so often that we play for such a star studded audience of more than 1,000!
Deal - 18th September

For the last of our summer jobs, we were priveleged to play on the Deal Memorial Bandstand which was constructed as a memorial to the 11 musicians killed when the Royal Marines Barracks was bombed by terrorists on 22nd September 1989. (Read More)
The weather started fine and sunny with a substantial audience but the rain down came towards the end of the second half and we lost most of our listeners! (pictures above).
Willam Eade
Congratulations to William, Progress Band Cornet player, who achieved Grade 4 in his recent Music exam. Well Played!
Tom & Natalie's Wedding - 5th August
Congratulations to CPB Soprano Cornet player Tom Whittaker who married Natalie Harding on Saturday 5th August at 'The Knowle', .Higham, Kent.
Some of us were privileged to play at his wedding celebrations, accompanied by several members of his family!. It was a delightful occasion
We wish Tom and Nat every happiness for the future.
BBC Light Fantastic and Brass on the Bridges - 24th June

The Band recorded a first performance of a 'Fanfare' piece, especially for Radio 3, as part of the BBC's Light Music Festival.
We played with 3 other Brass Ensembles in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. Read More about the piece itself from the composer's website.
Listen to an extract of the BBC Saturday 25th June Radio 3 programme. (5 megs .MP3)
And here's a YouTube rendering, courtesy of Louise Kennedy. The idea then was to go outside and play the piece from Hungerford Bridge over the river. Unfortunately, it was raining, so we stayed inside and played it again with over 100 brass playing members of the general public. YouTube

Broadstairs - 8th May

In spite of warnings of rain, the sun did shine thoughout the concert. We call it the 'Broadstairs Micro Climate'! The wind did cause a few problems but we had a very understanding and appreciative audience! Most enjoyable.
Picture Gallery.
The Croydon Music Festival - Whitgift - 6th May
Congratulations to the Progress Band for gaining a 'Distinction' in the 'Ensembles Intermediate' section.
Well played! See the Certificate.
The Band On BBC1 - Royal Wedding Day - 29th April

BBC engineers came to the Wednesday rehearsal before the Wedding to record a very short fanfare, to be played at the introduction to the One Show, broadcast on 29th April. Thanks to Mike, our MD, for doing the Brass Band arrangement.
Click to play - 5 megs .wmv file

Well done Jessica!

Jessica Larkin gained a Merit with 79% for her recent Grade 5 Horn exam. Jessica has weekly lessons at St Philomena's school Carshalton, but her interest in the horn has grown and developed from attending the Progress Band.
Jessica has entered the solo brass class of The Croydon Music Festival so hold onto those nerves!
A Grand Day Out - April 10th

We played our first concert of the year inside the delightful Battersea Park in glorious spring sunshine. Its a top class bandstand, refurbished in 2004, and the acoustics were excellent.
We were invited by the Wallace & Gromit and The Kennel Club to 'A Grand Day Out' to help raise funds for sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK and to make a difference to dogs. The organizers generously provided us sandwiches for our lunch break. And the filling - yes, you've guessed it - Wensleydayle Cheese!
Lots of photos on the organizer's flickr pages
The Contest Season
The Area - Stevenage March 20th
A tough Test Piece - A Little Light Music (Philip Wilby), Adjudicator Major Paul Norley.
We came 7th from 14 bands - see final placings and grading table.
Recording Session at the Orpheus Centre Godstone- Jan 8th/9th

The Band worked hard over the weekend! We are recording carol accompaniments for the Wessex Choir and a few numbers of our own to make a 2011 Christmas CD. Sale proceeds will go to the wonderful Parkinsons Society charity.
Click for a few pictures and a short video clip from our rehearsal (23 megs .wmv file)

Message from Down Under

Band Tenor Horn player Julie Pilgrim wishes everybody a 'Happy New Year' from New Zealand.
Lucky for some as we struggle through our UK winter!
We have a New Progress Band Musical Director!

We are delighted to welcome David Howell as our new Musical Director. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a musician and he is an excellent teacher. David is also the current Chairman of the Crystal Palace Band.
We all enjoyed our first rehearsal under Davidís direction on January 5th and hope that we managed to impress him with our abilities!
David Howell follows Chris Mackey, the former MD whom we thank for his excellent input.

CPB Now on YouTube!

From The Meltdown Festival in June 2010 - Bandstand Busking
The Floral Dance - Ticket to Ride - Penny Lane - Bohemian Rhapsody
And more from our Swiss trip in August 2010.