From June 27 to July 2, the Pride of the Southland Band performed in London Band Week, setting a Guinness World Record as the largest band to ever perform in London. Their tour debuted at Potters Field Park, and they went on to play at Tower Bridge, the London Tattoo, and Hampton Court Palace. The Pride of the Southland Band was one of several groups from around the world to perform.
The trip included such surreal moments as playing Rocky Top in a foreign country and having people from all over the world singing it along with them. Pride of the Southland Band director, Dr. Michael Stewart, along with his amazing staff put together this once-in-a-lifetime London trip. London Band Week is an invitation only event. The selection and invitation process follows The Honors System of the United Kingdom, universally recognized as the King’s Honors & Awards. The Pride of the Southland Band was honored to participate in this event.
Caroline Finch, one of the majorettes, very much enjoyed this trip, saying, “It was very different, because I’m so used to the game day atmosphere, so getting to go there and perform was really amazing… It was an honor and a great experience. I am so humbled and thankful to be a part of this extraordinary band and organization.”