College bands take centre stage in the Bandstand Marathon
Posted on Friday 14 September 2012
Biggest countrywide community event
Bands from College entertained hundreds of people enjoyed the sunshine in Aldershot on Sunday (9th) from 12noon to 5pm, as the Prince’s Gardens bandstand took part in the biggest countrywide community event to celebrate the closing of the London 2012 Festival. At 2pm on the day, Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’, the song the group performed as part of the Paralympics Closing Ceremony later the same day, was played simultaneously at each event. In Prince’s Gardens, Sixth Sense Jazz Band performed the song with student president Kiran Eyre on vocals.
David Phillips, Town Centre and Cultural Manager at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “We were thrilled with Sunday’s Bandstand Marathon. The weather was glorious, the music was fantastic, and it was wonderful to see so many people in the gardens enjoying the show.”
Performers from the College included second year singer/songwriter Bella Padley, Hampshire Battle of the Bands finalists The Kalebs, the recently formed Sixth Sense Jazz and The Vice Squad, a band featuring several members of staff including the Principal. Jakala from Rushmoor’s twin town of Meudon in France, and Just Music from the German twin town of Oberursel joined them. “The bandstand event was a great experience for me and a lot of fun. I have made several friends with people in the bands from our twin towns! ” enthused Sarah Doyle, 2nd year student and musician with Sixth Sense.
The event was organised by Rushmoor Borough Council and the Farnborough Sixth Form College, in partnership with the Twinning Association of Rushmoor. As well as the event on Sunday afternoon, Farnborough students hosted a party for the 11 visitors from France and Germany, culminating with a party at College on Saturday night.