n Sunday 4 August the three bands of Ardee Concert Band took to the bandstand as part of their Proms in the Park recital for the Turfman Festival in the sun-filled Farigreen Park in Ardee. The band was delighted to play to the huge crowd who adorned the park for the afternoon.
“The crowd didn’t hold back, they got into the summer spirit and joined in with the bands whenever they got the chance”, Said Sinead Nutley Band PRO.
The Junior Band kick-started precedings under the baton of Kevin Reilly. Playing a range of pieces including Regal March and Meet The Flintstones, the band made everyone proud. The committee, Mammys, Daddys and the public alike as they played their second performance of the year to their biggest Audience yet, said Sinéad.
The Intermediate Band under John Gaynor were next to the stage for the Proms. They played a very modern and upbeat programme which included pieces by MUSE, Lady Gaga, and music from Pirates of the Caribbean.
The Band where joined by 14 new players, who recently joined from the Junior Band earlier this year. This was their first performance with the Intermediate Band and everyone played extremely well.
With all these young players coming up through ranks of the band, along with the other members receiving Tuition and another intake of Membership due to take place in September, Banding is very much safe and alive in Ardee Concert Band and the North-East Region.
The Ardee Concert Band under their conductor Brendan Breslin finished off the Recital with their wide and varied styles of entertainment pieces. The pieces included Finnegan’s Wake, Death or Glory, Lord of the Dance, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy featuring the Bands Trumpet section aswell as the pieces that won the band their 1st place trophy last month in the South of Ireland Band Championships in Clonakilty last month.
This was the first performance with the Senior Band for Deirdre Walsh, Brendan Leacy, Aoife O’ Malley and Saidhbh O’Brien. They had recently joined the senior band from the intermediate band only four weeks ago.
Alongside the recital, the Band ran a HB Ice-Cream Fun day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. They delighted to have CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland Pat Clarke and his son David, call in for a chat and an Ice cream, with PRO and main organiser Sinead thanked everybody who donated cakes and buns towards the day, and all sponsors of the event.Bb