On Tuesday 1 July, Eltham College’s Brass department released a recording of ‘Gonna Fly Now’ on iTunes. In their take on the 1976 ‘Rocky’ theme tune, the song was accompanied by the school’s percussion ensemble ‘Stick Attack’. Placed in the Pop category, rather than Soundtracks as had been requested, Eltham Brass nonetheless achieved an iTunes chart position of 149.
Headmaster of Eltham College, Paul Henderson, said: “Every brass player in the school aged 8 to 18 performed in this massed recording session, under our Head of Brass Steve Thompson. Their track was released as a digital download with all proceeds going to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.”
Eltham College is due to present the final amount of money, raised by the download, to Demelza House in the autumn.