Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band and Shree Muktajeevan Dhol Academy had the privilege of performing before Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family during the splendid Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames on Sunday 3rd June 2012.
As the world record for the size of flotilla was broken on the River Thames, the Band, comprising 64 volunteers of Indian origin, performed a unique fusion of Western Bagpipes and Indian dhol drums that reverberated along the Thames. This fusion of cultures represents not only the diversity of modern Britain, but the harmony propounded by the organisation’s founding father, His Divine Holiness Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band London was formed in His honour in 1972.
An estimated one million people cheered the pageant on as crowds lined the banks and bridges along the route. A global audience of tens of millions was expected as the celebrations were televised live across the world.
The Band was one of only ten especially chosen from across the Commonwealth to take part in this event, the likes of which has not been seen in London for 350 years. Their pride at having been invited to the historic event was evident, climaxing as they saluted The Queen as their vessel sailed passed the Royal Barge. The Band’s rain-drenched efforts impressed The Queen and Royals as they waved in gratitude while the Band bellowed out their own unique rendition of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.’ All the while, the performers carried with them a reminder of their own personal heritage in the form of images of the founders of their organisation, including the incumbent head, Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj.
This performance further cements the relationship between Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band and The Queen; the Band led the Commonwealth Parade up The Mall in London in 2002 during her Golden Jubilee celebrations, as well as several local events in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.