The Debut Performance of the Friends of Peace a Resounding Success

The musical band, "Friends of Peace" made its maiden public appearance before a large audience at the Campbell Park in Colombo on October 24, 2011 following the football match organized by the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reform between the Prison-inmates Team and the Rehabilitation centre Inmates Team. The impressive mega stage for the performance was put up at the Park by the Prisons department.

Among the VIP guests gracing the occasion were Minister of Water Supply & Drainage, and Chief Government Whip in Parliament Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reform Hon. Chandrasiri Gajadeera, Secretary of the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reform Mr. A Dissanayake.

The Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Major General Rajaguru introduced the members of the band to the VIP guests.

The band's masterly performance on this occasion kept the VIP guests and the general audience spell bound.

Lieutenant H.D.S.S. Perera of the Army Band undertook the challenging task of training the band discovering and perfecting their hidden raw musical talents. Brigadier K.W.Y. Jayathilake, Coordinating officer of Rehabilitation (East) was the invisible driving force behind this laudable venture.

It is indeed creditable that the members of this band who had never before performed together, have been trained to give public performance as a team within an incredibly short period of just 3 months. The excellent standard of their performance demonstrates the inherent talent of the musicians as well as their dedication to rehearsing till they achieve the desired degree of perfection. One of the highlights of their performance was an original song on the theme "Rehabilitation", specifically composed for them and set to music. The song was sung in both Sinhala and Tamil.

We would like to appeal to everyone who was touched by their music and all who would like to see their musical talents nurtured to greater heights, to support our efforts to provide musical instruments to this fledgling band "The Friends of Peace". BCGR is at your disposal to provide any further information on our requirements in this respect.