On Saturday last the Ardee Concert Youth Band took the Northern Ireland title in the 4th Grade Concert Band section of the North of Ireland Band Championships and the prestigious Market Place Theatre. The 30 strong group mostly ranging in age from eleven to fourteen travelled to Armagh city with conductor John Gaynor accompanied by some committee members, parents and family. For some of these young people it was their first time to compete. They played an own choice selection of two pieces” Lift off” by Peter Meecham and “Colours of the Wind” the Disney theme music from the film Pocahontas. “They gave a great performance and we are all very proud of them” says Fiona Reilly PRO. “They enjoyed their day out in Armagh and they performed brilliantly, they were great ambassadors for the band and the town” says Fiona.
As usual the band room has been a hive of activity. The Senior band has been working very hard under the baton of conductor Brendan Breslin. It was felt that the senior band would opt out of the Northern Championships which they won in 2011 for this year. They are preparing for a weekend music workshop from 2 November until 4 November.
All lessons have now resumed and new classes started. The band also started a new junior band which will be a training band for younger musicians who will aspire to getting into the Intermediate band and eventually into the senior band. This group is under the guidance of Kevin Reilly. It is hoped that the children who have started learning band instruments will join this group in January. There is a new recorder group of thirty four beginners. The tutors for this year’s recorders are Gerry Farrell, Sarah Clare and Darren Kirk.