The GMP Big Band performed at the Winter Wonderland spectacular at Event City on Saturday 17 December.
Here's a short clip of Chief Inspector Clara Williams, together with Andy Fenton, Clare Prior, Carol Rogers and Sarah Kent performing 'Santa Baby'
This is the band's second year performing at Winter Wonderland and we were happy to perform for so many people, especially those in the big queue to see Father Christmas himself!
Thank you to the organisers for inviting us to be part of your amazing event.
Frank started his musical career playing the cornet at school, from the tender age of 12. He joined the school band and Farnworth brass band. In 1968 he joined the Junior Musicians Troop at Woolwich, London and switched from cornet to the trombone. He went to Knellar Hall - the royal military school of music, and then returned to Woolwich to play bass trombone in the main band. He left in 1976 and took a break from playing, until picking up the trombone again and joining his local brass band in Radcliffe. Frank started volunteering with GMP about 12 years ago and now plays with the symphonic wind band and big band.
Helena has been performing with GMP Band since 2009. She's been playing sax and clarinet since the age of 12 and has always loved performing on stage, entertaining an audience.
She's played with a range of jazz groups, wind orchestras, function bands and for shows such as Guys and Dolls, Chicago and Bugsy Malone, but it's big band playing that is Helena's first love. She joined the Lancashire Students' Jazz Orchestra as a teenager, first on tenor sax and then moving to baritone, and there Helena developed a love for belting out a beefy bari bass-line, and as the rest of the band will tell you, she certainly doesn't shy away from those low notes! Read more