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Loud 'n' Proud Events Archive


Sticky Business was a small percussion ensemble formed by our resident percussion tutor, Lindsey Shuttleworth. Lindsey had taught the tuned percussion players of the Rock Orchestra for 4 years previously, and wanted to continue to give her pupils the opportunity to play after the Rock Orchestra gave its final performance in 2010. Having played in many percussion ensembles through the years, Lindsey realised that the same pieces were being churned out again and again. So she set to work arranging new versions of popular songs for the girls to learn, and this all came together in an impressive and original performance in the Glasgow University Union's Debates Chamber in 2012.


Our Glee Club was established in 2010 and quickly grew into a junior and senior Glee Club. The club provided children of all ages with the opportunity to sing either as soloists, or surrounded by their friends in group performances. The Glee Club performed in several venues and provided a fantastic hobby for many children over its 3 year lifespan.


For Many Years The Rock Orchestra was the flagship band of the organisation. A 21 piece group,it was based around the drums/guitar/bass core of a rock band but with extensive brass, percussion and keyboard sections providing a huge, powerful sound and display.

The Rock Orchestra regularly played some of the biggest venues and shows in Scotland. Among their many accomplishments, its members was asked three years in a row to play at the Wickerman Festival, and sold out the main hall of the prestigious ABC in Glasgow.

The Rock Orchestra's biggest achievement however was a three night run in the Armadillo at the SECC, where it provided the music for the hit musical 'I Was There!', written by our very own Tommy McGrory and charting the rise and fall of The Glasgow Apollo, the worlds greatest rock music venue.


“A Rock ‘n’ Roll story that will transport you back in time and give you a flavour of just what the Glasgow Apollo meant to thousands of people who went faithfully to what was then the biggest auditorium of its kind in Europe - 4486 seats on three levels.

A time when all the big names in the world wanted to play there - A time when bands were making Rock ‘n’ Roll history.”

'I Was There!' is a hit musical written by our owner Tommy McGrory. It follows the rise and fall of the world’s greatest rock music venue The Glasgow Apollo from its beginnings as Greens Playhouse, to its ultimate demolition.

A soundtrack of classic rock songs from the era is supplied by the fantastic Loud ‘n’ Proud rock orchestra and a full company of dancers and actors tell the story of the infamous music venue.

It received huge media attention and rave reviews during both its debut run at the SECC Armadillo in early 2009, and upon its return with a whole new set list of iconic music and action in 2010.

David Coverdale's (Deep Purple and Whitesnake) memories: "....are of the magnificent Apollo choir and that CRAZY stage, and I still proudly display my little statuettes from our sold out shows there. Please send my best to your gang and thanks for the memories".

Rick Wakeman (YES) pretty much summed it up recently; "...the Glasgow Apollo is synonymous with the birth of rock 'n' roll..."

Richard Park (music guru and Fame Academy headmaster) suggests that: "...the Apollo was simply magnificent and was the classic venue of its day...".


The two rivers rock festival is our yearly end of summer event. It takes place over a full week, usually towards the end of August and features as many as one hundred bands playing in a huge range of venues all over Paisley and Renfrewshire. One memorable year included a huge mobile outdoor stage being pulled into Paisley town centre by a large American Big Rig truck complete with a huge LED screen! The stage played host to a full days worth of great bands, all of which were free for the public to come and watch and enjoy.
Each year the Two Rivers Rock Festival features a fantastic set of bands, including one that has won best unsigned band in the UK, Scotland's own 'Logan', the world famous 'Quoir Boys' on their 25th anniversary tour, and of course many of Loud 'n' Proud's young bands!


In the early years, Loud ‘n’ Proud worked in close partnership with Strathclyde Police to create ‘Hit the Beat’. This venture also involved the Crime Prevention Panel (Renfrew), the Anti Social Investigations Support Team, Renfrewshire Education and Leisure and Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Wardens team, and Paisley YMCA. It was a highly successful Youth Diversion Project intended to divert 13-17 year olds away from anti-social behaviour, such as youth disorder, drug use and underage drinking.

The scheme ran for several years receiving praise from many well placed individuals, and won several public service awards for Tommy and the Loud ‘n’ Proud team. Tragically the scheme eventually had to close due to a lack of government funding, but Loud 'n' Proud still keeps contact with many of the young people involved, offering them experience, work placements and ongoing advice.


Back where it all began... The Charleston Drum Project was the home of our American style Marching Drum Corps and our Samba percussion band.

Among their events, they provided the backbone for three years of Sma Shot’s Day parades through paisley town centre, providing entertainment for all both during the parade walk and with a special link up at Paisley Abbey that saw 6 different bands join together for a drumming extravaganza.


Access All Areas was an early industry training programme providing young people with live sound engineering, recording, lighting engineering, event management and music management experience. Loud 'n' Proud regularly take placements from training companies and work experience students from schools to this day. This was originally delivered with help from an outreach service of Renfrewshire's Workforce and the Equal Access to Employment Project, and in more recent years has been part of the Scottish Govermnets Future Jobs Fund.