Ardee Band set for a busy year

ARDEE Concert Band is ready to begin what it hopes will be another great year.

ARDEE Concert Band is ready to begin what it hopes will be another great year.

During the recent holidays members were out on the streets collecting and getting great support from the people of Ardee.

The band members also visited Moorehall Lodge and of course held a very successful annual concert.

They also played at Mass on Christmas Day. This has become a tradition for the band and this year John Gaynor conducted the band for the ceremony.

At the moment the Recorder Group is so big, it is divided into three groups. They are being tutored by senior band members Gerry Farrell, Aisling Reilly and Emily Cox. The group will combine with last years group to perform a selection of the tunes they have been learning since joining the band. “The tutors assure me they are progressing very well and the children are getting very excited about their debut performance and Santa who will visit on the night” says Fiona Reilly PRO.

The Youth Band, which has 35 members under the baton of John Gaynor. This group is always changing. As the member’s progress, they move up into the senior band and new students that have been on their instrument for a year replace these.

The Senior Band performed in a concert with the Millicent Singers in Clane County Kildare last month. This musical extravaganza was conducted by band member Alan Kelly who now resides in the area and conducts the Millicent Singers and the Nas na Ri choir in Naas.

The band is very proud of the fact that in 2011 they became the first ever recipients of the Robbie Tiernan Memorial Cup for the best Trombone Performance in the Southern Championships.

“We are very proud of them and they performed very well to achieve this award,” says Fiona Reilly PRO.

“Robbie, who was a member of the Lourdes Brass Band, was a great friend to Ardee Concert Band.

He paid many visits to Ardee.”

Indeed on one of the band’s last trips to the championships Robbie travelled with the Ardee group on the Ardee bus.

Robbie entertained people on the bus the whole way to Clonakilty. He is remembered with great fondness by the members of Ardee Concert Band and they are very proud that their trombone section have won this award.

The Ardee Concert Band trombone section consists of Mark McLoughlin, Oisin Clarke, Paul Callan and Andrew Coyle.