The Ardee Concert band have been extremely busy in the last week as they held their Annual Awards night for 2014, played at The WW1 Memorial opening for fallen comrades from Ardee and the friends of Collon Church garden party.
First to take place was their annual awards night at the Bohemian Centre.
The recorder group, junior, youth and senior concert bands performed on the night and presentations for progression where awarded to the members of the recorder group, junior band, youth band.
Certificates for grade exam success where presented to members who had achieved so highly in their Royal Irish Academy of Music Examinations in the past year.
Medals were also awarded to the Youth Band for their tremendous performances in recent competitions.
All in all over 100 awards were presented on the night to members by senior band musical director Brendan Breslin.
This year a new Youth Band Award was up for grabs and this went to percussionist Jenny Satelle.
Jenny is the first winner of the “Most Improved Youth Band Member ” which was presented by Youth Band MD John Gaynor.
This was a special night as two special awards were presented to Austin Nevin and Kevin O’Brien to whom the band bestowed the title of Honorary Presidents of Ardee Concert Band.
The awards were in recognition for their many years loyal service, dedication and commitment to the band.
The Ardee Concert Senior Band also recently played at the sun – drenched garden party fundraiser for Collon Church of Ireland Roof Renovation in Collon House.
The afternoon was well attended and guests were treated to tea, tours of the house gardens and the historic Church designed by Beaufort, stalls throughout the gardens and face painting for the children.
The band was warmly welcomed and the guests joined in the music making in many different ways, from helping the bands percussion section to clapping and getting their groove on.
The band also took art in and led the May procession through Ardee recently.
The Procession started at the church and set off on a slow march just before lunchtime.
The band led the procession, playing hymns to honour our Lady, Queen of May during the interludes of Our Lady’s Rosary.
Upon the arrival of the procession to the Fairgreen everyone got involved and took part in the Benediction, led by Fr. Murphy P.P, joining in on the hymns and prayers.
The band closed the sacred occasion by playing
Faith our Fathers, conducted by Kevin Reilly and joined in song by the whole congregation.
The Annual Grade Examinations for the Band will take place this week in the Bohemian Centre.
There will be 52 members taking the exams, which range from Grade 2 up to Grade 8, accompanied by Gerry Farrell on piano for the Wednesday session and by Edward Holly on Thursday.
“We wish all our members the very best of luck for the coming week as they take their exams”, said PRO Sinéad Nutley.
“All these events were held on top of their own personal and weekly practice sessions at home and under their tutors in the band rooms of the Bohemian Centre.”