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  • 2012 – Year of the Dragon

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    January 11th, 2012 dave News

    2011

    Well it wasn’t such a bad old year for PLBB, was it?  In fact it turned out to be one of our busiest years ever.  Highlights included playing for the post-racing entertainment at Bath Races’ early June event and then, six months later, at The Kenyan Orphans Project’s 10th Anniversary Ball at The Savoy Hotel in the heart of London’s West End.  As well as carrying out our regular end-of-the-month “Live @ Lansdown” gigs the band was in action for numerous concerts, dances and weddings too.  Will 2012 be any different?  Probably not as the diary is already filling up with engagements!

    New Faces

    With a core of some 25 players there are always going to be one or two changes as the year goes by.  Our sax section has seen a couple of new additions with Alex Delling and Stacey Doherty joining us on Tenor and Alto respectively.  We also welcomed Olivia Angwin and her saxes back from her travels - if a sax chair needs filling, she’ll be there!  The guitar chair is now occupied by the very able Pat Moran.  Replacing Glenn Tommey was never going to be an easy job but boy, has Pat risen to the task and his contribution to the band’s sound is seriously impressive!

    “Friends of Park Lane”

    Whilst we don’t ‘do’ (yet!) facebook and twitter, we’ve nevertheless got our group email address for all those of you who’d like to keep up to date with what the band is doing.  Once a month (or thereabouts) you’ll get an email from us telling what we’re up to and where you can see us.  To register and be included please pop your email address in the box to the right hand side and we’ll include you in the group.  If, after you’ve joined, you don’t want to continue then instructions are included to have your details removed.  Easy!

    Next Gigs

    If you’d like to see us soon, we’re playing on 20th January 2012 at the Bawa Club, 589 Southmead Rd, Filton, Bristol.  Follow this link for more details.

    Our first Live@Lansdown is at 8.30pm on Monday 30th January. This for members and guests only at Lansdown Golf Club.  If you’d like to join us as our guest please email enquiries@parklanebigband.com and we’ll invite you along.  Please note that you cannot attend without your name being on the door list so that email is absolutely necessary!

    “Kenyan Orphans Project”

    The band adopted this charity some five years ago when former PLBB player Tom Hutchison introduced them to us after he’d worked as a volunteer (he’s a doctor) for them one summer.  Admission to our Live@Lansdown gigs is free so we always pass the hat round at the end and hand the cash on to KOP.  As a consequence nearly £1200.00 was raised for the charity last year.  We’ve been told that £100 will provide some 200 meals for the children receiving help from the project and really can’t think of a better way to see this money being spent.  To find out more about the project, please follow this link: www.kopafrica.org

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