Ardee Senior Band win 3rd place at South of Ireland Band Championships
40 members of Ardee Concert Band travelled to West cork last weekend to take part in the 42nd South of Ireland band Championships in Clonakilty, Co. Cork on Saturday July 1st 2023.
Under the baton of Mr James MacCafferty, the Senior Band played 4 pieces in their performance coinciding with the theme of “Anthology” for the year 1923, for which they took home the bronze Medal of 3rd Prize back to the wee County.
They opened up their set in the traditional banding way performing a March titled English Folk Song Suite, 3rd movement March by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Secondly the band played “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, next the band Played Duke Ellington in Concert a rare find in their library during the year arranged by Wayne Scott featuring Trumpet and Clarinet Solos. To finish their competition slot they performed a novelty piece “Yes, We have no bananas” by Conn and Silver/ Albert Henry, the song became a major hit in 1923, placing No. 1 for five weeks.
The bands Competition entries made quite the impression on the days Adjudicator Mr John Doyle, heralded as one the UK’s leading performers on Cornet, Flugel Horn, Soprano Cornet and Trumpet and is in great demand around the world as a Soloist, Conductor, Adjudicator and Educator.
After a long deliberation he announced the top 3 prize winners for the Senior section in which 10 very talented bands performed.
He awarded 3rd place to Ardee Concert Band, 2nd place to The Elastic Band and 1st place to Dublin Concert Band.
our senior band has performed at summer engagements including
The opening of the Grace Gifford Plunkett garden of Rememberance in Dunleer. Many thanks to Dunleer Tidy towns for the invite
Bellurgan Park at the Louth Agricultural Show. The day was a scorcher and the band played to a great crowd who flocked to the show on the Sunday afternoon.
Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre
Join us from 2pm today at Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre , Oldbridge today Sunday until 4pm
We are so proud of all 26 members of our Intermezzo Ensemble and their excellent conductor James MacCafferty who played so brilliantly and musically yesterday in the 4th Section of the National Band Championships in Athlone.
They were awarded the 2nd prize trophy and they also won the award for the Best March. 🏆🏆
Congratulations to the winners of this section, Castlebar Concert Band , who were entering these Championships for the first time.
Kevin receiving his honourary lifetime membership