Ardee percussion trio won the prize for Best Percussion at the recent South of Ireland championships

Gene Yore

Reporter:

Gene Yore

Niall Doherty, Paul and Annamaria O’Brien won the prize after they performed a fifteen minute programme of their choice, the only stipulation being that each band must perform a march

Niall Doherty, Paul and Annamaria O’Brien won the prize after they performed a fifteen minute programme of their choice, the only stipulation being that each band must perform a march

The band were the last to perform on the day and they brought the house down with a little comic sketch in the middle of their last piece, Just a Closer Walk With Thee.

A special mention must go to the band members who took on the acting roles, Mark McLoughlin who played dead but came to life again, to Sean O’Brien who played the representative of the IMF and to Peter McKeever who played the doctor.

This piece also included a Dixie land sextet and they were Oisin Clarke, James Walsh, Jenny McKeever, Nicky Callan, Paul O Brien and lastly Niall Doherty.

“Overall we had a ball,” said band PRO Fiona Reilly.

“And coming second overall was the icing on the cake.”

It certainly was. Well done to all.

Forty members of Ardee Concert Band took part in the competition. Twenty-four bands entered the competitions.

There were eleven in the senior section which was won by Dublin Concert Band who beating Ardee by only just a single point.

Ardee’s conductor was Brendan Breslin.