West Orange Warriors, Dhol Drummers & Pipe Band

LNYDP 2020 will see a diverse range of performers and participants, which we take great pride in curating. Find out more about the next three participants set for January 1st’s New Year celebrations.

West Orange Warrior Band

The West Orange Warrior Marching Band features 200 of the most talented students at West Orange High School located in Winter Garden, Florida. The school’s music program comprises of smaller performing ensembles including five concert bands, four jazz bands, two winter guards and numerous percussion ensembles.

The Warrior Band has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the ABC/Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago and the Cherry Blossom Parade. The marching band also has a unique relationship with its neighbour, Disney World, having performed many times for special functions.

Since West Orange opened, the marching band has consistently earned Superior ratings at all marching music performance assessments.

Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band

The Band operates under Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury – a Hindu temple in London, which sits under the umbrella of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, a worldwide centre for social, cultural and spiritual welfare. The Band’s main purpose is supporting the charitable endeavors of the Mandir, its parent organisation and its leader, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, by playing at events all over the World. The Band is comprised entirely of volunteers; professionals – scientists, engineers and students. We are one of five sister Band around the World, playing a repertoire of traditional bagpipe, as well as classic and contemporary Indian, melodies.

We are proud of our Indian roots and are proud Britons. This is reflected in all of our performances as we play western and Indian music, but nothing captures this multiculturalism quite like our ‘dhol fusion’, where the sounds of bagpipes fuse with the thunderous beats of Indian dhol drums.

Band member, Darshil, was recently interviewed by the BBC World Service for a feature on faith & music.

London School of Dhol

The London School of Dhol provides students, of all abilities and ages, with the chance to learn and show their true potential in the wonderful art of Dhol! We aim to give our students all the tools they need to become a professional Dhol players and to really enjoy and love playing the Dhol.

We are truly honoured to be performing at the LNYDP for only the second time and have doubled our numbers from 30 performers to over 60 performers.

We are so excited about taking part in LNYDP for the third time in our history that we started rehearsing our exclusive routine for LNYDP 2020 on the morning of the 2nd January 2019!

The turn-of-year tradition, much loved across the Capital and around the World, is eagerly anticipated by participants, tourists and television viewers alike.

The annual event will be the 34th to light up London and will once again generate many hundreds of millions of pounds for businesses, hotels and restaurants along the route.

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