Limestone College's Wind Ensemble and iPan Steel Drum Band treated the Lord Mayor of Westminster (United Kingdom) to a thirty minute performance on October 26th in the College's Fullerton Auditorium.
Catherine Longworth, The Lord Mayor of Westminster, with Limestone Music Professor Dr. Doug Presley.
When the applause faded, the two groups were rewarded with personal invitations from the Lord Mayor, Catherine Longworth, to perform in London's New Years' Day Parade and Festival 2014.
The groups will perform at the world renowned Cadogan Hall, which is the concert venue where The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra resides.
Here is a video produced by Greenville NBC affiliate WYFF-TV about her visit. Also, you can look at photos from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal here .
The Lord Mayor, accompanied by festival directors Bob and Geraldine Bone, said "We are in awe of the welcome we have received at Limestone College, and it is a pleasure to extend an invitation to these incredibly talented musicians to perform in the greatest parade in the world's greatest city."
City of Gaffney Mayor and Limestone alum Henry Jolly, Class of 1961, presented the Lord Mayor with a key to the city.
Under the direction of Dr. Doug Presley, Associate Professor of Music Education at Limestone, the iPan Band regaled the Lord Mayor with their version of The Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" which appears on their classic 1968 release commonly referred to as The White Album. The Wind Ensemble, also under the direction of Dr. Presley, provided a taste of Americana with "Stars and Stripes Forever."
The Lord Mayor was most appreciative of the selections. "'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' is clearly one of Paul McCartney's favorites, and it was one of only four songs the former Beatle recently performed during the Jubilee Concert for over a half million people," she said.
In extending the official invitation to Wind Ensemble and iPan Band, the Lord Mayor said In recognition of an unparalleled reputation and outstanding performance abilities, we take great pleasure in extending an invitation to Limestone College's Wind Ensemble and iPan Steel Drum Band to perform in London's New Year's Day Parade and Festival."
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.