15 October: Wind band in Oldham

The GMP Wind Band performed at:

St Mary with St Peter - Oldham Parish Church

on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 7:30pm

The packed programme featured well-known songs and a 'last night of the proms' style finale!

 

Big Band at Intu Trafford Centre – 4 August 2016

The GMP Big Band were live on stage at the Intu Trafford Centre on Thursday 4 August.

As part of this year's Emergency Services Day, the band performed a huge range of music to entertain the crowds in the Orient food court, at the Trafford Centre. With swing classics from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, to disco hits such as Never Can Say Goodbye, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

We keep coming back year after year, as it's such a great day out for all the family and we love performing on the stage at the Orient. You can find out more about Emergency Services Day on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website, or the  Intu Trafford Centre website

You can also follow #999day on Twitter for updates from Greater Manchester and other Emergency Services days across the country.

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24 June – Big Band in Swinley, Wigan.

The GMP Big Band were delighted to perform for a packed audience at

St Michael & All Angels, Swinley, Wigan on Friday 24th June - 730pm.

The band played loads of fabulous tunes from the golden era of swing music, including classics by Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Doris Day. The crowd were singing along and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.

Thank you to the event organisers for inviting us to play, and everyone who came to listen and support the event.

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26 June – Stalybridge Carnival

The GMP Band performed at the Stalybridge Carnival again this year, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, an achievement its small team of dedicated volunteers are proud of. Carnival Day took place on Sunday 26th June 2016.

13268361_1105486719517220_5169687081794884155_oEvery year it has donated money to local good causes, made up of the proceeds from the street collection on Carnival Day and surplus money it manages to generate. The event has grown during the past three years.

On Saturday, June 25, there were many events planned for Stalybridge Town Centre, including a shop window dressing competition for local traders, plus stalls and entertainment in Armentieres Square. There was live music, a classic vehicle display and free canal boat trips throughout the day.

Sunday, June 26, was the traditional Carnival Day, with the colourful parade through the town starting at 1pm. From 12 noon in Cheetham Park there wass a full funfair, trade and charity stalls plus live music and entertainment.

For more details about the event, please visit the Stalybridge Festival website

2 July – Big Band at Meltham Memories

GMP Big Band will be returning for another brilliant year at...

Meltham Memories - 2 July 2016: 8pm

This incredible wartime memorial weekend features a fantastic array of events with stalls, food and drinks. The band will be playing a selection of tunes from the era at the Grand Victory Ball - tickets cost £8 and will be in high demand!

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Visit the website to find out more: http://melthammemories.co.uk/this-year

 

29 May – Concert band at Waterloo & Taunton Conservative Club

Waterloo and Taunton Conservative Club held a celebration for their 125th anniversary on 29 May 2016.

The band were pleased to be invited to play at this event, which was held on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  We played outside, overlooking the bowling green, and entertained guests whilst they bowled, enjoyed drinks and ate hog roast and bbq grub!

You can find out more about the celebrations on their Facebook page.

21 May – Concert Band at Ronald McDonald House

GMP Concert band entertained slightly soggy crowds at a movie-themed entertainment day, at Ronald McDonald House, Manchester on Saturday 21 May 2016

We played a range of music from the movies, but the highlight was definitely being conducted by Darth Vader whilst playing music from the Star Wars films! The band were as entertained as the audience were!

Visit their Facebook page for lots of photos from the day.

The band were delighted to help raise money for such a good cause. Proceeds from the event, a fabulous £801.46, go towards supporting the work of the charity. Ronald McDonald House provides free 'home away from home' accommodation to families with children receiving treatment in the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and St Mary's Neonatal Unit. Families travel to Manchester from across the North West, the UK and even internationally, so that their children can receive specialist treatment at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Find out more about the work of Ronald McDonald House on their website

 

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18 June – Concert Band at Bury Bandemonium

We're back at Bury Bandemonium! Every year the Concert Band take up a spot in Kay Gardens in Bury, for a performance of varied and entertaining music that you'll know and love.

This year Bandemonium is on Saturday 18 June 2016 and we'll be performing at 13:00 in Kay Gardens (near the Interchange). Other bands will be on at a variety of locations in Bury centre during the day.

For more information have a look at the Bury Bandemonium Facebook page and the poster below gives more details of all the fabulous bands and music you can see and hear

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24 April – Concert Band at Gorton Monastery

Sunday 24th April 2016 - 3pm at Gorton Monastery

The GMP Concert band joined forces with the superb Manchester Show Choir for an afternoon of musical magic from the Golden era of Hollywood. This show was a charity event, in aid of The Christie and raised over £3000 thanks to the generosity of the audience.

A packed audience enjoyed songs and music from Les Miserables, The Bodyguard, West Site Story, Jurassic Park and much more. The choir joined the band for several pieces of music, which resulted in amazing sounds. Both choir and band were delighted to be part of something different and special, to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

Watch a video from the monastery - here are the band and choir performing Let it Go, from the Disney film Frozen.

For more details about the choir, please visit their website: http://www.manchestershowchoir.com/

info@manchestershowchoir.com

 

 

15 April – Mayor’s Ball, Blackburn

Friday 15 April 2016 at King George's Hall, Blackburn

The GMP Big Band were delighted to return for the Mayor of Blackburn's Charity Ball.

This black-tie event, hosted by the Mayor of Blackburn - Councillor Faryad Hussain, was a fabulous, fun evening. There was a delicious three course dinner and music from across the decades for dancing. Distinguished guests danced the night away in a spectacular venue, that the band thoroughly enjoy playing in.

All proceeds were donated to the East Lancashire Hospice and Blackburn Food Bank.

 

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