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.
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.
Every 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
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!
Visit the website to find out more: http://melthammemories.co.uk/this-year
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.
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
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
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/
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.
22nd April at the Longfield Suite, Prestwich
The GMP Big Band will appeared on stage for a concert organised by the Rotary Club of Bolton Lever, together with AUD-Med
The band played two sets of great music from across the decades, ranging from traditional big-band classics from the likes of Sinatra and Miller, to disco hits that guests enjoyed listening to, and even did a little bit of dancing!
The band had a superb evening and enjoyed playing for the Rotary Club - they also really liked the Longfield Suite as a venue, thanks to it's big stage and great sound. We hope to play there again soon!
All proceeds from the concert will go towards Rotary International and AUD-Med - a small charity based in the North West, run by medical and clinical professionals. It is dedicated to helping deaf people in developing countries.
Please see the poster (link below) for more details.
Big Band Concert 2016 Poster Final Verson
17 April 2016 at Gorton Monastery, Manchester
The GMP Big Band performed at 'Jubilation', joining forces once again with the fabulous, multi-award winning Cheshire Chord Company to raise money for charity.
The band has performed with this talented show-choir on several occasions, and this concert, in aid of HPCT Manchester, definitely lived up to expectations of being evening of great entertainment.
The generous audience raised in excess of £2000 for HPCT - a charity that organises pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes in the south of France, for disabled and disadvantaged people.
For information on the venue please visit the Gorton Monastery website
Find out more about the Cheshire Chord Company on their website
Visit the charity website for the event poster