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Ardee Concert Band Win highest award of the competition

 We ardee Concert Band performed at the Regional Qualifiers for the National Concert Band Festival, held on Sunday 19th November 2017 inNewman RC College, Broadway Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK. We took part in The Community Wind Band Class. This section is classed for bands with players of all ages and all levels of ability.

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The mighty 44 strong band and our supporters from the wee county travelled across the Irish Sea by ferry to take home the highest award of the competition. We placed 1st in our section and received a Platinum award for our outstanding efforts. In the words of one adjudicator; “One of the finest community band performances we have had in some time” . Brendan added “You are a credit to community banding, with 2nd and 3rd level students, as well as adults, giving a truly memorable performance today. Thank you for your patience, commitment, and fabulous musicianship!”. we played two pieces under the baton of our wonderful Musical Director Brendan Breslin; Four Noble Truths by Philip Spark and New York by Nigel Hess.

The band decided to travel to compete in the regional qualifiers for the UK’s North West Regional Band Festival for a number of reasons. It’s a chance to play in a different type of competition than our Annual Irish Nationals as it is graded rather than a points system and it is also an opportunity to get away as a group whilst still having a serious musical focus. It was also a chance to test the band and its individual abilities within a different environment against different contestants.

Brendan Breslin with Platinum Certificate

 “This is a wonderful achievement for the band, to play against bands that we don’t know anything about and leave our music stamp on the UK Band Scene”, said Band PRO Sinead Nutley.  Honorary Band President Austin Nevin announced the win to the band’s weekly Bingo goers on Sunday evening last, who met the news with rapturous applause. He thanked the patrons of the Weekly Sunday Night Bingo for their continued support as the Bingo is the Bands main income earner and it’s because of them that the band is in the fortunate position it is in today.

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Youth Members share Field of Scream experience at Causey Farm

Yesterday, 37 Young members of the Ardee Concert Band made the journey by bus off to Causey farm in Meath for an team building activity packed day as a treat for all their hard work and dedication to music within the band. We started in the kitchen and after throwing flour and eggs, we finally got down to making soda bread, most of which I think was eaten on the bus on the way Home! We became Irish dancers for a while as well as watched and participated in a sheep dog demonstration. We met, fed and held the animals! Then continued on to test our inner Sat Nav in the corn field maze! The day was completed by our members diving into the Bog! Safe to say that we brought half the bog home with us!! Well done to our members who jumped in feet first (literally!!) Great day had by all!! Many Many thanks to Clodagh for her amazing organising skills in putting the trip together and to all the helpers on the day too! 🙂


Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Ardee Concert Band to travel to NCBF Competition in Oldham

The band has decided to travel to compete in the regional qualifiers for the UK’s North West Regional Band Festival to be held on Sunday 19th November 2017 in Oldham, Greater Manchester,  Departing Ardee by coach on Sat 18th Nov. More Details Later …

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Farewell Our Fond Friend – Anthony Mc Ardle, RIP

28th May 1959 – 20th September 2017


Today September 30th, we played at the Remembrance Mass in the church of the nativity of our Lady, Ardee Church to remember our friend and former member Anthony McArdle who died in Australia on September 20th. He will be sadly missed by us all. We send our whole heart sympathies to his family both here in Ireland and in Australia. RIP. 

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Anthony played Clarinet & later also Saxophone in the band from the early 70’s until the early 90’s. He conducted the band on may occasions in the 80’s and was influential in changing the repertoire towards more modern pieces Pop/jazz including film music. It was at his instigation that the band changed it’s name from Ardee Military Band to Ardee Concert Band. Anthony was a very talented musician and helped nurture the up and coming talent within the band along with the other instrumental tutors of the time. He often played with us or conducted whenever he came home on holidays from Australia. Anthony last conducted the band at the Christmas Day mass in Ardee Parish Church in 2015. He will be sadly missed by all in Ardee Concert Band.


Gold awards All round as prospective new members watch on! ?

Our Awards night went off spectacularly on Thursday 14th September at 7.30pm. We amalgamated the night as our awards night and enrollment of new members on the same night.

This gave the new members an idea of the stages of progression of which they’ll make their journey through Ardee concert Band from Recorder group right through to the award winning Senior band!

Our recorder group for 16/17 and Junior band performed in their respective groups and after their performance each member received their certificate of progression. Our youth band also performed and after their performance they and other band members in attendance who sat grade exams in May received their certificates of excellence from band Chairman Mr. Dermot Murray.

All in all it was a great night of entertainment and with many new enrollments Ardee Concert Band has a secure future in Ardee for another 157 years!!


Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Ardee entertain on Bray Bandstand ☂?

Our senior band had a great day on Bray Bandstand on Sunday last July 30th as we played to the public on their beach chairs. Although it was a bit overcast the sun did shine out on us and even a shower of rain but this didn’t detear the audience as they say under their umbrellas and braved the shower until the sun came back out!



Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

?? Ardee’s Delight ??

On Saturday last 1/7/17, the number 7 was a very lucky number for Ardee Concert Band. 38 members took to the stage for the 38th Annual South of Ireland Band Championships in Clonakilty in Sunny West Cork. We scooped the 1st prize award in the Senior section. There were 30 bands from all over Ireland in 3 sections, 7 in Junior, 16 in Intermediate and 7 in Senior taking part on Saturday.

We Received 6 other special awards including Best bass, Woodwind and Percussion sections, Best Celebratory piece (Sarah’s Delight – Soloist Robert Finegan on Soprano Saxophone, ably assisted by Gerry Farrell on accordion and Jenny Satelle on bodhran), a Special Adjudicators Award for Aisling Reilly for her beautiful clarinet playing in An Irish Ayre for Winds and Best repertoire of the day, bringing a total of 7 Trophies back up the road. We’re going to need a bigger trophy cabinet now in our busy as ever bandroom.


We played four own choice pieces and received standing ovations from the packed hall at the end of two of our pieces, Sarah’s Delight and The Parting Glass Both of which were arranged by Ardee’s conductor Brendan Breslin.  The Parting Glass featured three Soloists Connor Campbell on vocals, Donal Kellegher on pipes and Conor Horan on drum.

Adjudicator for the day, Philip Harper, conductor of one of the Best Brass Bands in the world, the Cory Band from Wales awarded us 95 Points out of a possible 100 for a performance that was “A truly inspired and emotional performance from Ardee Concert Band” as quoted by Band Musical Director Brendan Breslin

Brendan Breslin with Adjudicator

These amazing triumphs tops our 2 already claimed competition prizes this year at the IABCB National Championships in Navan where we Secured a 2nd place and Best Brass Section; bringing our accumulative wins to 9 so far for 2017!

Senior Section Result:

1st prize Ardee Concert Band 95, 2nd prize Lourdes Brass Band 90 and 3rd prize Ballymore Eustace Concert Band 88

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


Links to our Four Award Winning Pieces: 

The Civic.

An Irish March composed by Brendan Breslin

Irish Ayre for Winds composed by Warren Barker

Sarah’s Delight, Two Irish Traditional Tunes arranged by Brendan Breslinn featuring Robert Finegan on Soprano Sax, Gerry Farrell on accordion and Jenny Satelle on bodhran

The Parting Glass, arranged by Brendan Breslin, featuring Connor Campbell on vocals, Donal Kellegher on pipes and Conor Horan on drum


Busy Weekend for Ardee Concert Band

AOIFA National Flower Festival Senior, Youth + Junior Bands / Co. Louth Agricultural Show, Bellurgan
The Ardee Senior, Youth and Junior Bands all gave recitals over the weekend past as part of the AOIFA 2017 Celtic Way National Flower Festival which gets underway in Ardee on Friday night, June 9th, as Mary Kennedy from RTE opened the festival at the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady at 7.30pm.  The Senior Band gave a recital before the Official Opening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm outside the church where crowds gathered before the opening in the mild summer evening that it was.
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Senior Band and Junior Band both performing over the AOIFA FLower Festival
Then, on Saturday at 12noon the Junior Band under the direction of Kevin Reilly gave a recital at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland on Market Street. The members of this group gave a subperb performance to beat the band. Even with a bit of wind they won over and wouldn’t even think they had only started playing music 13 months ago. Then at 2pm, their Youth Band, with conductor Kevin Reilly, also gave a recital at this venue to entertain the national crowds that gathered in Ardee for this fantastic festival.
RTÉ Nationwide will air on Monday July 10th with footage of the festival presented by Mary Kennedy herself. Keep an eye out to see did we make the final cut! 🙂
To finish off a very busy weekend, the Senior Band under the baton of MD, Brendan Breslin, performed from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Co. Louth Agricultural Show at Bellurgan Park on the Dundalk/Carlingford road on Sunday June 11th. Dispite having to break for a shower to pass over, the band didn’t let the rain dampen Spirits. They gave a very professional performance as always that got the flocking spectators into fantastic form and the young children danced the afternoon away in the puddles.
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Senior Band Performing at Bellurgan Park
The senior band are now focusing all their efforts into their entertainment programme for the South of Ireland Band Championships on July 1st at their state of the art Bandroom on Ashwalk in Ardee. They will be taking part to defeat their second place win from last year, 2016. They will make the journey to the sunny South West on June 30th to give a recital that evening​ at Asna Sq, in the delightful town of Clonakilty where all musicians associated with the banding world will gather to par-take in the fantastic Festival.
Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

National RÁS, enterprise exhibition, May Procession, Grade Exams, Parading the Womens’ Rugby World Cup

We took part in a great send off from Ardee Town on what’s been a hugely successful event for the town. RÁS Stage 8 commenced on Sunday May 29th and We had the honour of leading the event for it’s final stage to Skerries at 12.30. Huge Congrats go to Ardee Cycling Club for their hard work in petitioning for the Rás to pass through the town. Ardee has most defiantly been put on the map lately and hopefully this isnt the last high profile event to be held in the town.
Excellent performance from members of Ardee Concert Junior Band today under Kevin Reilly their Conductor at the enterprise exhibition in the Old Church on John Street. The future is bright for Ardee Concert Band. Well done to all involved in preparation and the organizing of the band to play.
Ardee Concert Band led the annual Ardee Parish May Procession on Sunday May 21st. The parade left the Church of the Nativity of our Lady to the Convent where benediction was held by Fr. Murphy.
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Sixty members of Ardee Concert Band sat their RIAM grade exam this week, May 16/17/18th.
pictured below Ciara Skelly and Kate Svender with RIAM examiner Michael Casey and accompanist Gerry Farrell. Congratulations to all sixty candidates and their tutors and especcially to Kevin Reilly for all his time in preparation to make sure the few days go off as smooth as possible.
It’s not every day a World Cup trophy stops off in Ardee – but today it did, at a memorable Women In Sport event at Ardee Rugby Club and Ardee Concert Band were there to parade the Womens’ Rugby World Cup through our lovely town and welcome it to the area in syle
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IABCB National Championships

Our senior band were in Navan on Sunday for the 52nd annual IABCB National Bands Championships and we finished second in the main competition, as well as taking home a prize for Best Brass Section. Full Result below.

Pictured below is band chairman Dermot Murray receiving the Best Brass Section in Section 1 award from Colum Dunleavy.

Under the ever striving baton of Brendan Breslin, Our energetic and enthusiastic 51-strong band performed an own choice piece in Fribourg by Derek Bourgeois and a test piece – East Coast Pictures by Nigel Hess.

Receiving a score of 138 from the Competitions Adjudicator for the weekend Archie Hutchison, we were delighted with the result and even more so with his comments. He noted how much we; Ardee were a band to admire with musicality and effectiveness throughout their pieces.

The band also scooped Best Brass Section at the Solstice Arts Centre to add to their ever growing trophy cabinet at their state-of-the-art bandroom at the Bohemian Centre on Ashwalk in Ardee.

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Section 1 Concert Bands (Own Choice (max 50)/Set Piece (max 100) = Total (max 150))
1st – Dublin Concert Band (Fergus O’Carroll & John Doyle) – 47/95 = 142
2nd – Ardee Concert Band (Brendan Breslin) – 45/93 = 138
3rd – Rathfarnham Concert Band (Vincent Kennedy) – 44/92 = 136
Best Own Choice: Dublin Concert Band
Best Woodwind: Dublin Concert Band
Best Brass: Ardee Concert Band
Best Supporting Section: Percusssion – Rathfarnham Concert Band
Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Ardee Concert Band St Patrick’s Day

Ardee Concert Band has led the Parade in Ardee every year since it started in 1968. It is our biggest audience by far every year. It is extremely important to the band as an organisation, as we have every member of the senior band on the march with us on St Patrick’s Day. 2017 was no different and in addition to our formation we added our Youth band into the ranks for the first time in the bands history. 

“The young boys and girls did a tremendous job and performed an outstanding march for their very first ever time marching and Infront of such a crowd. They do everyone proud; from their parents to the whole town of Ardee, anywhere we go. We want to do ourselves as an organisation proud at every event but today especially as we get to show the whole town what we do best”, said PRO Sinéad Nutley.

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Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley Photograghy

It was a pity about the weather, however we didn’t let it dampen our spirits as everyone gathered back at Ardee Concert Band HQ for pizzas and a mineral, as a reward for a brilliant effort all round. It was a great day for one and all as part of the best Community-Involved group in Ardee and we sure had a wonderful La Feile Padráig.

There’s no rest now for the Senior Band as we continue in our twice weekly intense rehearsals, as part of our preparation for the IABCB National Championships on April 9th in the Solstice Arts centre, Navan.

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, music Network and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Prizewinners of the recent NE Region of IABCB Solo & Ensemble Comptitions 19/2/2017


    Ensemble Competition  
  Band Players Music
  Under 14    
1 Drogheda Eabha Brereton and Tara Murphy Pentacussion
2 Kingscourt Aine & Katie Byrne Allegretto
3 Ardee Ronan Tallon, Davin Starkie, Claragh Cunningham The Minstral Boy
Under 18  
1 Kingscourt Niamh & Sinead Byrne Poco Presto
1 INF Annie Rennicks, Darren Conneely, Amy Reilly, Megan Lynch Mark the Merry Elves
1 Ardee Dermot Murray, John Gaynor, Tim O’Callaghan, Rachel Goodwin, Vincent McArdle, James Walsh, Lorcan Conlon, Kevin Reilly, Paul Callan, Mark McLoughlin Three Brass Cats


Name Band Inst. Piece
Under 12      
1 Claragh Cunningham Ardee Trumpet Aria
2 Aoibheann Murray Ardee Clarinet Shepherds Hey
3 Katie Byrne Kingscourt Flute Under the sea
4 Sophie O’Brien Ardee Clarinet Colours of the Wind
5 Darragh McCabe Drogheda Cornet James Bond
Under 14
1 Brian O’Malley Lourdes Cornet Lonely Steppes
2 Meaghan Platt Kingscourt Flute Alla Sicliane
3 Aine Byrne Kingscourt Flute Farewell
4 Shane Clinton Ardee Trumpet Aria
Under 16
1 Feargal Twomey Drogheda Cornet Chanson Napolitaine
2 Sam Blake Drogheda Cornet Tournament Galop
3 Sean Toner Lourdes Euphonium All Through the Night
4 Kayleigh Jane Kearns Lourdes Eb Horn The Swan
Under 18
1 Ellen Taaffe Drogheda Cornet Die Tapferkeit
1 Mark Newman Lourdes Cornet My Love is like a Red Red Rose
2 David Lamb Navan Baritone Andante & Scherzo



Ardee Concert Band Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will take place on Monday 13th February at 8pm sharp in our bandroom, Ashwalk, Ardee. Everyone welcome, all members, parents of u-18’s are asked to attend this important meeting.


If your a parent/Guardian and can help out at anytime in the year we’d love to hear from you, there’s no need to join a committee, just give us your number! We’re always great full for extra help as our organization is so big and successful.

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, music Network and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.




Last night Ardee Concert Band were nominees for the first time in the fifth annual Baile Atha Fheirdia Traders Association Awards (BAFTAS).

We were in the running to be crowned best Community-Involved group in Ardee alongside Dee Hub, St. Mary’s GAA, Ardee & District Athletics Club and Ardee Hospice.

The winner was announced and with great joy, our chairman Mr. Dermot Murray was in attendance to pick up & accept the prize on behalf of the band, alongside other band members attending the gala event in the Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross. This was one of 3 categories open to public voting, and the members were both shocked and astounded as they were announced as the winners by Ardee Trader John Hennessy.



Photo credits: Adrian Crawley and

Other winners on the night included Peter Callaghan, Noelle Douglas, McGoeys Pharmacy among many many others. The full news round up can be found on This is Ardee Full Article on 2017 BAFTA AWARDS

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


Dates for your Diary 2017

Sunday the 19th of Feburary.

North East Region Solo & Ensemble
Competition, Bohemian Centre, Ardee.


Saturday / Sunday the 8th/9th of April. 

National Band Championships, Solstice theatre, Navan.

Wednesday the 16th to 20th of August.
Gormanston (Summer School of Music, 18+ only)

Ardee Concert Band are supported by the Arts Council, Music Network, and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


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