Our final carol concert of 2016 has been played! What a fantastic festive season we have all had and it's been one of our busiest ever. It's time to pack away our instruments and put our feet up with a mulled wine and mince pie or two! If you've seen us and enjoyed a sing-along, please leave us a message on Facebook or Twitter - we love to see your photos and videos from our events!
It was a very busy year for everyone involved in the GMP band. We have performed at over 100 events throughout Greater Manchester and beyond.
Making a difference through music in our communities is at the heart of what we do. We're all volunteers and are proud to represent GMP. We have helped communities throughout Greater Manchester raise over £300,000 for good causes. As a consequence, this has helped many people and we are delighted to have been part of that. We are very much looking forward to continuing this good work in 2017.
So, on behalf of the Bands of Greater Manchester Police we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year.Thank you for your support throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you at the many events already scheduled for 2017.
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And finally, if you're having an event in 2017 and would like the band to perform, please contact our Manger - Barry Frost. He'll be happy to discuss your requirements and see whether the band could support your event.
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.
The GMP wind band were joined by a choir of local school children for an evening of carols and festive music at St. Luke's Church in Benchill on Thursday 8 December.
Chief Inspector Hemingway welcomed everyone to the packed church, who sang along to traditional carols such as Once in Royal David's City and Silent Night.
Michael Thomas conducted the band for the performance: he also plays French Horn with us. He said of the service:
"it was lovely to be welcomed to this division for such a special Christmas event. It was a pleasure to be part of so many people's festive season and it was great to hear such fine singing voices from the choir and congregation!"
The school children of Baguley Hall Primary School, Newall Green Primary School and Benchill Primary School gave fabulous performances.
Thanks to the organisers for inviting us and putting on such a lovely carol service. We hope to see you again next year.
The sax quartet performed at Intu Trafford Centre on Saturday 26 November. It was a pleasure to have been invited to perform to help raise money for the charity Breast Cancer Care.
Together with other performers we played for shoppers near Boots and Marks & Spencer. There were plenty of festive tunes to get everyone into the spirit of the season.
Heather Murphy, Community Fundraiser for North and Midlands Brest Cancer Care said:
"the GMP quartet really got everyone in the festive spirit and I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to perform as much as the public enjoyed your performance! Breast Cancer Care are so grateful for your support and your performance will have made a massive difference to the lives of local people impacted by breast cancer."
The charity were delighted that the whole event raise an incredible £1,188.10
We hope to be able to support future breast cancer care events and look forward to working with the charity again in the future.
Find out more about the breast cancer care charity on their website: breastcancercare.org.uk
A selection of photos from the Greater Manchester Police Force Carol service at Manchester Cathedral: December 2015