We are busy - so busy that the reporting on this site is outpaced by the sheer scale of our current gigs and lags behind, and we are still doing 100% of all tasks as volunteers, with none of us taking any salary, instead investing large amounts of their personal time and resources.
This investment paid off in May 2014 significantly:
- We played at Wembley Stadium twice - matching our biggest live gig today at The FA Cup Final, and returning just a day later for the Football Conference Playoff Final.
- Millennium Stadium was our first gig venue outside of England, and the very last ever Heineken Cup Final saw a 24-strong well-choreographed group of drummers in the opening ceremony before the rugby match Toulon vs Saracens.
- Earlier this month, gigs at a TEDx event and at Butser Ancient Farm for the Beltain Wicker Man Festival showed that we are still supporting smaller events - it's just that 'small' has a different meaning for us now.
- Our first appearance in a national TV show was a gig opening the Paul O'Grady Show on ITV!
- And on Friday 30 May, we will celebrate the life of honorary PD Stephen's story (✝ 14/05/2014) at Lichfield Cathedral.
So, what will be next?
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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