London Parade LogoThe new Limestone College marching band is preparing for its trip to the London New Year’s Day Parade, and students, faculty, and staff, as well as the local community, will have the opportunity to send them off in style on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a “Farewell Concert” on campus.

The 7:30 p.m. show will feature the Marching Saints, along with the steel drum ensemble and the Limestone wind ensemble.

“This will be our first public appearance in our brand new marching band uniforms,” said Dr. Douglas Presley, Director of Bands at Limestone College. “We wanted to debut the uniforms right here at Limestone and in Gaffney. We typically have an end of the semester concert, but this one will definitely have a different flair with the marching band there and the upcoming trip to London.”

Dr. Presley said the concert is expected to last approximately one hour, and he’s inviting the community to come out and see and hear the band for possibly the first time, and to wish them well as they prepare to travel to England.

As part of the concert, Dr. Presley will also recognize a number of seniors who will be graduating at the end of the current semester.

Last October, Limestone's wind and steel drum ensembles performed for the Lord Mayor of Westminster (United Kingdom), Catherine Longworth, during a concert at Fullerton Auditorium. Afterward, the Limestone group was invited to perform in London's New Years' Day Parade and Festival in 2014.

They will also appear at the world-renowned Cadogan Hall, which is the concert venue where The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra resides.

The Lord Mayor is the ceremonial head of Westminster, the city's "first citizen" and chairman of council. Westminster lies on the north bank of the River Thames, and contains a large concentration of London's historic and prestigious landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral.

The contingent from Limestone will leave for London on Dec. 28, and return on January 4. In addition to marching in the parade on Jan. 1, the band will also be showcased during evening performances at Cadogan Hall and other venues in the area.

Dr. Presley noted that the London New Year’s Day Parade begins there at 12 noon, which will be 7 a.m. local time. Limestone College officials are making preparations to broadcast the Marching Saints’ appearance live over the internet. Additional details will be announced soon.

For more information on the parade, visit www.londonparade.co.uk.