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When Poppies Fall

The work on the release of the second CD featuring the Band of The Parachute Regiment has been completed. Their latest release, to coincide with Remembrance Sunday, features two poignant tracks.

On 24 June 2008, Private Joe Whittaker, 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment was killed while on active service in Afghanistan. “Song for Joe” composed by his sister, Musician Kate Whittaker now a member of The Parachute Regiment Band, was originally written for his funeral but here it has been arranged for military band by his sister who plays the saxophone solo.

Upon noticing a single poppy growing in a field, Classic FM presenter John Brunning was inspired to write “When Poppies Fall” as a commemorative piece.  Here arranged wind band and featuring  John Innes, this solemn piece is a very fitting title track to the album.

The CD will be available for purchase after the 21st of October at

24 June 2008, Pte Joe Whittaker, 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment wasK Whittaker (Solo Alto Saxophone: Musn K Whittaker) 3’53’’
killed while on active service in Afghanistan. This piece, originally written for his
funeral for solo saxophone with piano and bass guitar, was composed and
arranged for military band by his sister, Musician Kate Whittaker.


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