ONE-hundred and forty-five musicians, all members of Ardee Concert Band, performed to a packed house at their annual Christmas concert. For many the Christmas concert marks the start of their Christmas festivities. There were four different ensembles performing. The concert opened with the senior band who performed three numbers. This was followed by the 52 strong recorder group. This was a conducting debut for Darren and Sarah who are both members of the Senior Band and give freely of their time to pass on the tradition of music in Ardee.
This was followed by the Junior Band, which currently has 15 members and is conducted by Kevin Reilly. The first half ended with the Intermediate Band, which has 32 members and was conducted by John Gaynor.
The second half opened impressively with the Senior Band spread throughout the hall all playing Viva La Vida by Cold Play while they accompanied band member Alan Cox singing this well known pop song. The concert was very entertaining with lots of audience participation. The band also did a very funny musical comedy sketch.