After being featured on BBC Breakfast and Sky News, many drummers refused to leave Trafalgar Square and were assigned their own little enclosure for the rest of the day in a prime position to watch the proceedings and drum for the crowds.
A number of drummers had won tickets for the grandstands on the Mall. Luckily a day before the event, it was confirmed that drums could be brought along, which is what the Mall drummers did. Other volunteer groups welcomed the additional entertainment and were amazed that the drumming went on non-stop, before, during and after the parade.
And a third large group assembled near the start of the parade at Mansion House, which turned out to be a brilliant move, as this group managed to join the back of the official parade and therefore marched on to Buckingham Palace.
Photos from the event are available from our Facebook page, and the videos below capture the atmosphere nicely.
The Pandemonium Drummers were originally put together by London 2012 Ceremonies for the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle's spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremony. Following the Ceremony, the volunteer drummers kept on performing at a variety of events.
Based on their extensive training, they performed at other Opening Ceremonies, including the UEFA Champions League Final 2013, the FA Cup Final 2014, and the Heineken Cup Final 2014, and at a variety of large and small festivals as well as sports and community events. The Pandemonium Drummers are a returning act in London's major parades, including the London New Years' Day Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, and the Lord Mayor's Show, and they coined Cheer Drumming, supporting runners at major sports events across the capital and beyond. The Pandemonium Drummers have supported the Special Olympics, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and a wide range of other charities.
The Pandemonium Drummers are a constituted association with charitable aims, and are working on a non-profit basis as volunteers.
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