ARDEE Concert Youth Band and Ardee Concert Senior Band plus supporters travelled to the Helix in Dublin for the National Band Championships recently and once again came away with success.
The 35 strong Youth Band took first place again in Section Four under the baton of John Gaynor their conductor.
This was an amazing feat as ten members of last year’s youth band were promoted into the senior band.
For some of the young people playing yesterday, this was their first ever competition, namely, Sarah Woods and Brendan Leacy on clarinet, Roisin Englishby on euphonium, Aoife O’Malley, Ellen Rooney and Carol Plunkett on alto saxophone, Niamh Dunleavy and Rebecca Byrne on flute and Deirdre Walsh and Ciara Matthews on trumpet.
For their piece of own choice the youth band performed Colours of the Wind from the Disney movie Pocahontas by Alan Menken. Their test piece was The Piper of Brafferton by Fergal Carroll.
There were six bands in this Section Four. Ardee Concert Youth Band received 131 marks out of a possible 150. In second place was Finglas Concert and Marching Band with 130 marks and third were Rathfarnham Concert Band with 129 marks. The adjudicator, Stephen Cairns from Belfast, said Ardee performance had the right balance and blend.
The 45 member senior band was entered in the Section Two concert. They won the top prize for the Own Choice piece, Legend of a Mountain by Jacob de Haan, a very descriptive piece, full of colour and contrasts, they received 46 marks out of 50 for this piece.